The island called Kauai — also known as “the Garden Isle” holds the distinction of being the oldest of all the Hawaiian Islands, estimated to have been formed some five million years ago, give or take a million.
That’s important. Why? Because of its age, Kauai boasts valleys, mountains and cliffs that aren’t found on most other islands. And compared to Oahu and Maui, Kauai has escaped the brunt of the tourist crunch and retains much of its unspoiled, pristine beauty.
All of that adds up to one thing: Kauai is the perfect island for adventurers and hikers alike. Hundreds of trails crisscross the landscape, and outdoors lovers can explore rain forests, swamps, valleys, rivers, waterfalls, ridges and peaks that rise up into the clouds. While an exhaustive list of all Kauai’s hiking trails is virtually impossible, here are some of the best and most popular ones on the island.