Kalopa State Recreation Area, Honokaa

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The Kalōpā Native Forest State Park and Recreation Area is a state park with an arboretum of native trees located approximately 40 mi (64 km) northwest of Hilo, near the village of Honokaʻa, a few miles inland from the Mamalahoa Highway (Route 19) section of the Hawaii Belt Road, Island of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi.

This 100-acre (40 ha) park adjoins an additional 500 acres (200 ha) in the Kalopa Forest Reserve. The park is at an elevation of 2,000 ft (610 m) and includes a 0.7 mi (1.1 km) loop through a forest of native ʻōhiʻa lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) trees. A number of rare plants can be found in the arboretum area, including endangered loulu palms (Pritchardia spp.), as well as a number of rare native hibiscus. Due to the altitude, damp and chilly weather is the norm.

Services available at the park include restrooms, drinking water, cabins, and camping.

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  • We got a cabin for a couple of nights and immensely enjoyed the quiet solitude. We slept quite well and the bathroom was spacious. The mess hall was certainly made for more than two people...  more »
  • Kalopa State Recreation Area has some of the best mountain bike trail riding on the Big Island. Old growth fern rain forest, beautiful views and an easy ascent for a long downhill. Whole loop takes.....  more »
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  • The park is three miles off highway 19. We explored the trail and discovered ferns, trees, and more. This would be a great place to camp as there are cabins large and small. Seems like a fantastic place to take the family. There was even a rec center for larger families to enjoy.
  • Very chill area! We did the gulch trail and loved it. Walked along the edge of a gulch, with waterfalls and water holes and creeks. Rainy and muddy, quiet and low key. Good beautiful spot to get away from more crowded nature areas

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