The first time I walked the entire Wai Koa Loop trail, it was with a friend who was pregnant at the time. I hadn't yet met my husband, but a few short months later, I would be in her same position — expecting!
I never thought that I'd be biking this beautiful trail, that loops near Kalihiwai Ridge where I used to live in the mountains of Kauai near Mt. Waieleele (the wettest spot on the planet) with my daughter sitting in her child's seat behind me.
A little muddy after the recent rains, you can start this trail at the Kauai Miniature Golf Course in Kilauea (also an incredible family-friendly place, as the course takes you through the plant history of the island and features kama'aina days free to local residents, too). Be careful if you're biking with a kiddo as the deep ruts formed by tires in the mud can be unwieldy at times.
The Loop took us about an hour and 45 minutes from start to finish, which included stopping for photos and then bringing baby onto the beautiful wooden slab bench at the Stone Dam Lookout for snacks. If you're looking for a rope swing and a gorgeous manmade waterfall, Stone Dam is a veritable real-life version of a tropical Secret Garden. You'll pass by the Kalihiwai Lagoons/Fish Ponds, Kauai Farms, North Shore Dog Park, stroll near Common Ground, and a forest of trees with funny notes posted throughout and livestock, too.
Plus, if you go on Mondays, there's a little farmer's market on the grassy area near the Golf Course to finish your hike off with a snack!