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Best Hiking Trails in Kaua’i

Our guide to exploring popular and lesser-known trails on Hawaii's Garden Isle


With more trails than stoplights, Kaua’i is a far cry from the bustle of Waikiki or romantic resort life of Maui’s west coast. “The Garden Isle” is best known for its natural and untouched beauty, making it our favorite island for the adventurous and outdoor-minded traveler. Thus, it should come as no surprise that many members of the Switchback Travel team have spent time on Kaua’i, logging trail miles on the lush east side and the dramatic N? Pali Coast, up to the rain-soaked Alaka’i Swamp and into the depths of Waimea Canyon. In fact, we’ve hiked every single trail on this list (how’s that for boots on the ground!?), which range from popular tracks to lesser-known—but must-do—gems. Before you head out, make sure to scan the hiking logistics below the picks for important information regarding culture, weather, reservations, gear, and more.

If your interested in learning more, you can find the complete article written by Jenny Abegg here.

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December 3, 2023

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