Visit the Makawao Forest Reserve during your stay in Maui. This magical place is a true oasis of peace and beauty, where you can escape from everyday life’s stresses to enjoy some time alone with nature! Embrace all that this wonderful upcountry forest reserve has to offer when it comes to magic and peacefulness – leave the urban hustle behind for an afternoon or day hike here.
The Makawao Forest Reserve allows visitors to get up close and personal with the island’s natural beauty. It is a reserve for breathtaking views, lush landscapes, and serene environments that are perfect for hiking or spending time at any of the picnic tables nestled in between large trees.
The forest trail extends for miles above the old cowboy town of Makawao, reaching dizzying heights and providing breathtaking views. Whether you’re looking to hike or bike your way through a remote part of Hawaii’s countryside, this is an excellent choice! A forest is a perfect place for hikers and mountain bikers to explore. The trails range from wide-open paths, great for leisurely strolls or impromptu picnics, to intense single-track climbs with the occasional water break. Not only does the scenery vary considerably throughout but so do your options: half of our hikes are nature walks without any steep inclines; on others you’ll find yourself scrambling across rocks in order to reach that scenic overlook at high elevation.
The Makawao Forest Reserve is a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Hikers will be greeted by towering trees, lush green vegetation, peaceful silence wrapping around them in an embrace- not to mention panoramic views that let one take in miles of wildlife at once! A fern forest provides an oasis of lush green vegetation while colorful eucalyptus trees provide shade from the sun. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views or stroll down tree-lined paths to reach picturesque waterfalls for some serene contemplation time in these natural wonders that will take your breath away!
A short hike to the Waihou Springs Trail is not at all challenging, but hikers and bikers can explore more adventurous areas if they are feeling up for it. The lava tube and old stream bed have spectacular views that should be seen by everyone who decides to take a bike ride on this trail.
When you want to explore the forest by bike, there is an excellent choice in Makawao–the Haleakala Bike Company. From full-suspension models that are perfect for hiking through a dense rainforest canopy or on mountain trails, to hardtail bikes which can tackle steep hills and rough paths with ease; they have it all!
Also check Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao Maui.