We arrived just before 10 am which seemed to be a perfect time and ahead of large crowds. We anticipated it would take an hour to an hour and a half, but once we got there we started going on well-maintained side trails.
It was totally worth it to see the ancient Hawaiian culture displays. There are many information signs with well written descriptions that brought these displays to life.
No wonder people love to come here for special events such as weddings, romantic strolls, or other family gatherings.
In all my fitness tracker indicated about 4500 steps on the round trip. There are also plenty of benches and other places to stop and rest and just absorb the beauty of nature.
The big payoff of course is at the end of the path which is the Waimea waterfall. Free life vests are required. See me to the right. How refreshing!
Once you return there is a great gift shop, a snack bar and for those wanting more of a sit down meal, The Proud Peacock restaurant offers an excellent menu at reasonable prices.
Admission prices are around $16 for adults and $12 for children. It was absolutely worth it. Note, they also offer those with walking difficulties a golf cart like trolley for an additional fee. If nature and activity is a priority for you, Waimea Valley is definitely a must do!