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“Could Be Much More” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Iao Valley State Monument

Iao Valley State Monument
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Owner description: Iao Valley State Monument, Maui, will remain closed indefinitely due to extensive damage from heavy rain and flooding the night of September 13 and early morning on September 14, 2016.
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Could Be Much More”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

Iao state park is a nice destination if you are in need of a short walk on paved path ways. It is pretty to stroll thru but does not offer much in terms of spectacular views. However, it could be so much more without upsetting its role as a nature conservancy. There are many unofficial trails that lead off the main paths that take you on some serious hiking. Technically off-limits but, from the number of hikers this is not enforced. Good, solid walking shoes are required as the trails can be steep with an elevation gain of about 400 meters (1350 feet). The further you go the better the views and, it is great exercise! This park could easily be developed into a hiking destination.

Visited November 2013
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Beaumont, Alberta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Short drive from town. $5 to park and a short hike around to see everything. The needle is a beautiful site, surrounded by soaring mountains! Went for a short wade in the stream by the lowest section of the trails. Watched some of the locals swimming below the walking bridge.

Visited November 2013
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Parksville, Canada
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“Worth the easy drive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

Spectacular scenery, easy paved pathways. We enjoyed our morning visit, only takes about an hour to walk all the paths. Take your camera.

Visited November 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Beautiful Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

My husband and I went there after our flight from Oahu to Maui. It was a rainy afternoon, but we still enjoyed the view even though we didn't hike to the top. We walked up the stairs and wondered around. The "needle" looks breathtaking. The fee you pay is $5 to park the car. There were a few people swimming in a pool.

Visited October 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Really cool and no hiking required for the great photo ops”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

Well worth thew $5 parking fee. Especially when you give the parking attendant a $100 bill and receive back 1-$50 bill, 2-$20 bills, 1-$5 bill, and 5-$1 bills.

Great view of the needle and an interesting spot to see Polynesian history. There are plenty of guava trees that were dropping tons of ripe guavas when we were there. Very delicious surprise. There is also a creek not too far of a hike away.

Visited November 2013
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