Kauai is known for its fantastic scenery; one of the best ways to enjoy Kauai’s fabulous setting is on a hike. The “Garden Isle” is home to some fantastic hiking trails, but the Wai Koa Loop Trail stands out as one of the best. Situated on the North Shore of Kauai, the Wai Koa Loop Trail offers a moderately difficult but satisfying hike with a spectacular backdrop.
Before you set off on your hiking adventure to Wai Koa Loop Trail, the local experts at Parrish Kauai have some information to help you make the most of your hiking experience. We offer vacation rentals nearby, so we are very familiar with this great trail. Without further ado, here is a look at what you can expect when hiking the Wai Koa Loop Trail.
Wai Koa Loop Trail Location & Accessibility
Situated near Kilauea, the Wai Koa Loop is conveniently located near many of our terrific vacation rentals. This means you can wake up to the soothing sounds of nature and quickly find yourself at the trailhead, ready to embark on your adventure.
The loop is 3.7 miles long and is considered to be a moderate difficulty. The trail is mostly flat, but it is unpaved, so be prepared for mud, as it is known to get muddy in certain locations. Shade covers most of the trail, but sunscreen could still be necessary if you burn quickly. The trail is well-marked, so do not worry about getting lost.
What Makes the Wai Koa Loop Trail Special?
As you step onto the Wai Koa Loop Trail, you will immediately be enveloped by the enchanting beauty that makes Kauai so famous. The trail winds through lush forests, past serene lagoons, and along gently flowing streams. One of the most remarkable features of this trail is the iconic “Stone Dam,” a centuries-old structure that reflects the island’s rich history and culture. For the adventurous, there are ropes that you can swing on and jump into the reservoir. If you do not feel like swinging, you can still jump in for a refreshing dip.
However, the Stone Dam is far from the only highlight on the Wai Koa Loop Trail. The trail also boasts an awe-inspiring surprise: an enchanting forest of towering mahogany trees. This enticing section of the trail is a sensory delight, transporting you to a world straight out of a fairy tale.
North Shore Vacation Rentals
If you are planning on staying on Kauai’s North Shore, hiking the Wai Koa Loop Trail is sure to be a highlight of your vacation. Parrish Kauai can provide you with lodging near this trail and many of the North Shore’s other stellar attractions. We offer a wide variety of vacation rentals on Kauai, ranging from private vacation homes to condos on the island’s top resorts. To stay with us, you can make a reservation online or call 1-800-325-5701 for more information.