Kokee State Park Travel Guide: Things to Do + Visitor Info

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Kauai is renowned for its magical and green nature and Kōkeʻe State Park is one of those beautiful places on the island. This is a quick guide to Kokee State Park – including how to visit and a bit of info about the Kauai state park!

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Kokee State Park overlook
Kokee State Park overlook

About Kokee State Park

Situated in the northwest part of the Kauai island, the gorgeous Kōkeʻe State Park is a 4,345-acre natural wonder teeming with wildflowers fields, mountain plateau, colorful and tropical forests, rich with flora and fauna, and many hiking trails.

It is one of the most beautiful places on Kauai and one of the best in Hawaii as a whole!

Kahili ginger in Kokee State Park
Kahili ginger in Kokee State Park

How to Get to Kokee State Park

Kokee State Park is a bit remote but is, nevertheless, a very popular and must-see place on Kauai. The closest town to it is Kekaha which is located approximately 17 miles away from the park.

There is no known public transportation to Kokee State Park that you can but you can take a taxi if you don’t have a limited budget. A taxi from Kapaa, for example, can cost $170 one-way. 

Road through Kokee State Park
Road through Kokee State Park

Therefore, we recommend visiting by private vehicle or with a tour company.

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Alternatively and as mentioned above, you can take a tour to Kokee State Park. It will take the hassle out of organizing the trip yourself and you will have a knowledgeable guide accompanying you.

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Popular Hikes in Kokee State Park

Kokee and its surrounding areas are paradises for hiking enthusiasts because there are more than 45 miles of hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty for everyone.

For example, the 1.8-mile, easy Kawaikoi Stream Trail starts a couple of miles away from the Forest Reserve entrance sign and is one of the most scenic mountain streamside trails on Kauai (and even all of Hawaii).

Views from the Pihea trail
Views from the Pihea trail

There are other popular trails that hikers should try like the Nuʻalolo Cliffs Trail, Nuʻalolo Trail, Pihea Trail, and others.

If you don’t want to do the hikes by yourself because you might not know the area well, you can opt for an actual hiking tour of the state park alongside a skilled guide who knows the terrain and can help you.

>> Click here to sign up for a Kokee State Park Hiking Tour

Observatory in Kokee State Park
Observatory in Kokee State Park

Things to Do in Kokee State Park

In the Kauai park, you will find the mind-blowing Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It is a 3,000-foot deep canyon that is one of the top places to see on Kauai.

Kokee State Park at Waimea Canyon
Kokee State Park at Waimea Canyon

Another stop that the visitors must make is the Kokee Natural History Museum. It is open every day and a place where you can see the local crafts and learn more about the park’s history and hiking trails.

Kokee State Park - John Sartin - Shutterstock.com
Kokee State Park – John Sartin – Shutterstock.com

Don’t miss out on the Lodge at Kokee where you’ll find Kalalau Lookout and the Puu O Kila Lookout. You can stay in rustic houses that offer insanely cool views over the Kalalau Valley and the Napali Coast.

How to get to Kokee State Park
How to get to Kokee State Park

Kokee State Park Entrance Fees

If you’re a resident of Hawaii, the park is free to visit.  To camp as a resident, the cost is $20.  To enter the park as a non-resident, the fee is $5 per person (young children are free). To camp as a non-resident, the cost is $30. Click here for more.

Camping Ground, Lodge and Museum in Kokee State Park
Camping Ground, Lodge and Museum in Kokee State Park

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