Chain of Craters Rd, Island of Hawaii

#2 of 14 in Scenic Drive in Island of Hawaii

Chain of Craters Road is a 19-mile (31 km) long winding paved road through the East Rift and coastal area of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawaii, in the state of Hawaii, United States. The original road, built in 1928, connected Crater Rim Drive to Makaopuhi Crater. The road was lengthened to reach the tiny town of Kalapana in 1959. As of 2018, the road has had parts covered by lava in 41 of the past 53 years, due to eruptions of Kīlauea volcano.
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  • We really enjoyed the Volcanos National Park - and especially chain of craters hiking... however, for future travelers: there is no active lava in 2020! Would recommend doing research ahead of time...  more »
  • From the top of Kilauea to the newest flows of lava entering the ocean, past the ancient petroglyphs, this is a great drive, with an opportunity for a picnic at an incredible lookout over the ocean...  more »

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