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Address: Chain of Craters Rd., on left past mile marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Worth the walk.

A nice walk after the drive. You can see the plume from the volcano when you reach the end. The petroglyph's while interesting from a cultural perspective weren't overly... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2017
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Halifax, Canada
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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This cultural/historical sight is reached by hiking about one and a half miles (round trip) across very uneven, rocky terrain. I wouldn't suggest it for anyone with infirmaties. There are no shaded areas or benches. Be sure to bring water and wear good sunscreen. That being said, the hike itself was interesting, as you are traveling over a lava flow.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a 1.4 mile round trip hike. There is no shade or water. Water is a must if you take this hike!! We hiked on top of lava fields to reach the petroglyphs but worth the effort! They are very well preserved and fun to look at.

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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

A nice walk after the drive. You can see the plume from the volcano when you reach the end. The petroglyph's while interesting from a cultural perspective weren't overly exciting.

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

IF you enjoy seeing history, plan for this stop along the Chain of Craters drive. It is not far, but very windy and warm/hot. I had never seen "real" petroglyphs before - only photos and replicas in museums. Be sure to bring your camera, the petroglyphs are plentiful and easy to photograph.

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Make sure to bring a sun hat and some water. The entire trail is fully exposed to the sun and along an uneven lava field. I've seen some people hike the path in sandals, but not recommended because the lava rocks are sharp and rough in most places. One misstep or accidental kick and you will have a nice bloody... More 

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Carrollton, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Translated as the "long hill", this archeological site is considered sacred to many in Hawaii. The earliest recorded writing about these carvings was in the early 1800s by a missionary.

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Pearl City, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Short hike through a lave field with the path marked by rock carns. Saw some petroglyphs on the way to the main site, however plenty to observe and appreciate once you arrive to the main site. A board walk has be constructed so that you can leisurely walk around and see many glyphs with out doing harm to them.

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Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We enjoyed our walk to view the petroglyphs... quite a leisurely walk to get to the site. Great view of old lava runs. Very unique landscape. Worth a visit...

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

How easily we text our friends. How casually we send out a twitter message. Come to one of Hawaii'i's ancient petroglyph sites and be inspired by the determination and devotion required to mark these lava surfaces with both thanksgiving and hope. This stretch of lava considered The Hill of Long Life drew the ancient people of this island to give... More 

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Pewsey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

So these petroglyphs are visible from a boardwalk a 1.4 mile round walk from the park road. It can be hot and dry down there at sea level, take water, wear some good footwear as you follow a path through lava fields to get there. Surprised by my fellow hikers? I got out to the boardwalk just as a guy... More 

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