Upper Waiākea ATV/Dirt Bike Park (perimeter)
Trail in Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve
The Upper Waiākea ATV/Dirt Bike Park is located on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano, approximately 12 miles southwest of Hilo town and within the South Hilo and Puna districts. It is situated along the Stainback Highway and is a portion of the Waiākea Timber Management Area. The Park was established to meet the growing demand for Big Island ATV/Dirt Bike recreationists, while striving to protect and preserve the surrounding natural and cultural resources and foster respect for the environment.
To help you better identify and enjoy the Park. this guide will assist you in locating designated trails and areas for ATV/Dirt Bike recreation a well as give you the rules of the Park to ensure safe and responsible use. We hope you enjoy your visit to the Upper Waiākea ATV /Dirt Bike Park.
Rules & Regulation
- Hunting Area
- Uneven Surface
- Vehicle Traffic
- No Alcohol
- No Bicycles
- No Commercial
- No Littering
- ATV/Motorized Vehicles
Amenities & Facilities
- Trash Cans
Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk.
Practice Safe Road Habits
• Operate your vehicle with courtesy. Be prepared to yield the right of way any time there is doubt and you can safely do so.
• Because these are 2-way directional trails, stay to the right side of trails.
• Approach curves. turns and blind spots with extreme caution. Assume there are vehicles and/or others ahead and slow accordingly.
• When possible, go with a friend. Two heads and two vehicles are better than one.
• Allow extra room and stopping distance when approaching others, especially youngsters. who may be less experienced.
• Drive within the limits of your ability.
• Don't go faster than you can safely handle.
• Do not carry passengers at any time.
• PRACTICE SAFE ROAD HABITS
Safety and Responsibility
USE CAUTION - This is a multi-use area that is shared by hikers. hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. Please be aware of the following;
• The park is open to hunting daily.
• Riders are recommended to wear blaze-orange outer garment.
• Hunters with dogs
• Mountain Bikes
• Other ATV and Dirt Bike riders
Recommended Riding Preparedness
It is strongly recommended for your protection that the following items be worn at all times during the operation of your vehicle:
• DOT and SNELL approved helmet
• Protective clothing (long sleeved shirt /long pants)
• Chest protector
• Shoulder guards
• Knee and Elbow pads
Before starting out. tell a responsible person where you will be and when to expect you back. Inform that person to obtain help if you do not return on time.
As part of riding responsibly, you should consider taking and using the following: First Aid Kit. cell phone, drinking water; extra fuel/oil, map of the park and emergency contact information.
REQUIRED TO RIDE
• In order to use the Park, you are required to obtain a permit and complete a waiver agreement which is available FREE online at the link below (See "Links" section)
• All off highway vehicles must be equipped with a spark arrestor. Loud bikes and ATVs are causing loss of riding areas nationwide and we support the California OHV sound limit of 96 decibels.
Rules and Regulations
• All visitors to the Park must sign in at the Check-in Station.
• No riding in the parking area unless to access the trails.
• No ATV/dirt bike riding on entrance road.
• Always stay on designated trails.
• All local, state, and federal laws apply.
• It is unlawful to operate an OHV under the influence of drugs or alcohol or in a manner that endangers the safety of others.
In an Emergency
If a member of your party becomes lost, don't panic. Make a note of where the person was last seen and at what time. Call 911 immediately.
It is usually best not to transport an injured person away from an accident scene before medical personnel arrive. Moving a victim improperly can make an injury worse, particularly when the injury is to the head, neck or back areas. Call 911 immediately.
Division of Forestry 974-4221
Report Violations to DOCARE 643-3567
NOTE: Due to the remote location of the park, cellular phone access may be limited.
The original purpose of the Waiākea Timber Management Area was to establish a forest resource base which could provide a constant wood supply for Hawaii’s forest products industry. From 1956-1960, the Waiākea Arboretum was to test adaptability and growth potential of 84 introduced timber species in Hawaii. Initial results of these tests provided information for selecting timber species to be planted within the area. Major planting efforts began in 1959 and continued through 1968. Approximately 330 acres of land formerly leased to Puna Sugar Company was also planted in the early 1 980s. Some areas were weeded or fertilized in the early years, but the majority were allowed to grow without any timber stand improvement activity.
From 1985 -1988, Puna Sugar Company and the State entered into a timber harvest agreement for 2000 acres of Eucalyptus. The harvested trees were converted into wood chips and used to produce power at a local electrical generator plant. This area has subsequently been replanted with Eucalyptus. Little to no harvesting of other planted hardwoods has occurred with the exception of small-scale sales and timber salvage operations where commercial value did not exceed $1,000. Tree fern harvesting occurred in the early 1970s with approximately 16,000 cubic feet of logs removed and sold for use in the flower and landscape industry. Tree ferns have subsequently grown back vigorously in some of the planted areas.