HTBG is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Please Note: Last entry into the Garden is at 4pm.
Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and July 4th
Take the Scenic Route!
No matter what part of the island you’re coming from, we encourage you to take the Scenic Route (Old Mamalahoa Rd). Sometimes, GPS will misdirect you down a dirt road (Old Onomea Rd.) While this route will get you here, it is not recommended since the Scenic Route is easier (and prettier too)!
Coming from Hilo
At about 7 miles north of Hilo, turn right at the large blue highway sign that says “Scenic Route” on the right side of the road. About 2 miles down on the left is our Visitor Center and parking lot.
Coming from Kona
Travel south on Route 19 along the Hamakua Coast until you pass the 8 mile marker. Look for the blinking yellow light with a sign that says “Old Mamalahoa Hwy” on the right side of the road. Make the next left onto the Scenic Route. About 1.5 miles on the right is our Visitor Center and parking lot.
Sections of our boardwalk are steep and can get slippery. Bring shoes with some grip.
Biodiversity means sharing space with bugs. Practice healthy boundaries by bringing some repellent.
Clear up your memory card and charge your batteries. There are infinite photo opps in the Garden.
While the tree canopy provides great shade in the Garden, the Hawaiian sun is not to be taken lightly. Bring some SPF and make sure it is reef-safe.
It can get hot here in Hawaii so hydration is important. Currently we do not have a bottle fill tap so bring a full water with you to stay hydrated.
Bring some trail snacks or even a light lunch to enjoy at one of our many picnic tables throughout the Garden.
Don’t worry if you forgot anything our Visitor Center has snacks, water, ponchos, insect repellent, sunscreen and an array of wonderful souvenirs and gifts.
Walking in the garden on light rain days can also be magical. There is a fairly dense canopy of trees which helps shield the paths, and we offer complimentary umbrellas upon availability! Most important is to bring a good pair of walking shoes, preferably waterproof.
We are proud to be one of the most accessible outdoor activities on the island. Our paved trails and boardwalk make exploring the rainforest easy for guests of all ages.
Wheelchair Policy: While most of our trails are flat and easy to navigate, our 500-feet of boardwalk is fairly steep and is not wheelchair or walker accessible.For this reason, we provide golf cart assistance to visitors with physical limitations that prohibits them from walking. All visitors using a wheelchair or walker are required to use this service to get in and out of the Garden. To protect the Garden and safety of guests, we do not allow any motorized vehicles in the Garden (including wheelchairs). Please make suitable accommodations prior to coming to the Garden.