Lava Tree State Park

Hundreds of years ago, a lava flow engulfed a stand of ‘O’hia trees on this site. The lava surrounded the trees, burned them out and left vertical, hollow, lava tubes where each tree once stood. Nice trails go throughout the park and you would be smart to stay on them as the ground has numerous cracks and fissures, some seen and some hidden.

You can see the impression left by the bark inside some of the lava tubes. Enormous Monkey Pod trees are also inside the park while some of the giant specimens have recently been cut down. It does allow for more light inside the park. No cost to go inside. Located in the Puna District on HWY 132.

Lava Tree

Lava Tree 1

Lava Tree Bark

It’s a nice, slow walk around the park and worth your time if you are in the area.

Posted on August 14, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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