The city of Volcano is located on the east side of “The Big Island”, Hawaii, in the Puna District. This small, rustic village is a gem in the middle of a lush rainforest, and situated near the base of several volcanoes, including the Kilauea Volcano. This is one of the most active volcanoes on the surface of the earth. Volcano is a hideout for many artists, and draws in nature enthusiasts as well due to its proximity to many state parks. All of these nearby parks and trails make it a cinch to keep the active lifestyle you and your pup deserve!
The crown jewel of this town is the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In the national park, you can experience the heartbeat of the Kilauea Volcano by viewing lava flows and glowing craters. This park has a plethora of hiking, camping, and adventure opportunities in a unique landscape. In this park, leashed dogs are allowed in the developed areas only, such as paved roadways and Namapanikaio Campgrounds. This campground is a large open grassy area with tall eucalyptus trees. Amenities include restrooms, water, picnic tables and barbeque pits.
If camping’s not your jam, you and your pooch can get comfortable at The Artist Cottage in Volcano. This hotel is conveniently situated in the mountains near the Hawaii National Park, and welcomes up to two pets for an additional fee.
With all of these amenities and unique areas to explore with Fido, Volcano is sure to get his tail wagging!
If you and your pup are hoping to stay close to town, Volcano has a couple urban parks that are perfect for an afternoon out. Bird Park is one of these parks, located along Maona Loa Road. This park has a loop hiking trail that winds through some of the beautiful local flora and fauna of Hawaii. You and Fido can enjoy the sights and smells of the tropical flowers while you listen to the native birds sing. Leashed dogs are welcome in this park, as long as they get picked up after. When it’s time for a pick me up, check out the ‘Ohelo Cafe. Here you can dig into a wood fire pizza next to your best pal at one of the dog friendly tables.
The neighboring town of Mountain View is rightly named, and has much of the Hawaiian wilderness that locals and visitors love. It’s from this town that you can access the Olaa Forest Reserve. This nature reserve is quite secluded and rustic, and it’ll bring you right back to nature. Here you can explore the trails through the giant ohia trees and hapuu fern trees that grow in this forest. It may be a good idea to bring a GPS into this forest so as to not get lost! Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy this lush green space along with their two legged friends. After working up an appetite, head over to Hilo Coffee Mill in the same neighborhood. The coffee beans they use are grown and roasted on site, so you can enjoy a fresh coffee with your pooch at the dog friendly tables.
In the town center neighborhood of the nearby town of Pahoa, you can gain access the Kahaualea Forest Reserve from Uakoko Road. This forest reserve has unique scenery to enjoy and is just a 20 minute drive away from Volcano. This reserve has gravel and dirt paths that take you deep into the tropical wilderness. Depending on the temperature and the time of day, you can enjoy the spectacular view of the steam vents in the forest. There are restrooms available at the visitors center. For some ocean views, head over to Kaimu Beach Park in the same neighborhood. Here you can walk along the dried lava landscape while watching the waves crash against the rocks. The ocean is rough in this area, so swimming is not recommended. Dogs are welcome in all of these areas as long as they stay leashed and are picked up after.
A place that dogs and their walkers love to go near the town of Volcano is in the Leilani Estates neighborhood of Pahoa. The Nanawale Forest Reserve is just 45 minutes away from Volcano, and is a great place to relax in nature with your pup. Here you can find well maintained pathways through a beautiful canopy of ohia trees. The park also features restrooms and picnic facilities, so don’t forget to pack a lunch and dog biscuits! If you’re hoping to stay in this neighborhood a little longer, check out the Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center. This cabin near the ocean welcomes dogs of any size for no additional fee.
In the neighborhood of Wainaku in Hilo, you can explore the vast and expansive Hilo Forest Reserve with your furry travel companion. This reserve is just under an hour from Volcano, and is comprised of approximately 64,000 acres of public land. From here, you can enjoy some of the many hikes, including the very easy and scenic Kaumana Trail. In this reserve, you can even look straight up the eastern slope of the Mauna Kea volcano. The weather in this mountainous region is often unpredictable, and there are no amenities in this park so come prepared! Dogs are welcome to join in on the fun, as long as they stay leashed and don’t disturb the native wildlife.