The Twin Falls hike is one of the many waterfall stops you can make on the Road to Hana.
So the typical way to drive the Road to Hana is from the direction of Paia to Hana. (Basically this would generally be north to south.)
And many people might make Twin Falls their first “real” stop on the Road to Hana.
Twin Falls is located near the start of the Road to Hana, so this is also the first real waterfall stop on the Road to Hana.
And it’s at the Twin Falls Farm Stand stop that you’ll find what’s also been called Caveman Falls.
There are 2 sets of waterfalls at Twin Falls.
First you’ll come across the lower falls.
Then if you want to see “caveman falls,” you’ll keep walking on a trail that will take you to the upper falls. The upper falls of Twin Falls is the one that’s been called Caveman Falls.
If you won’t be going very far on the Road to Hana (aka if you won’t be driving further to see other waterfalls on Maui), then Caveman Falls can be worth a visit.
The first waterfalls you’ll see is nice, but there’s something about Caveman Falls that makes it feel like more of one of those waterfalls that you’re probably imagining when you’re in Hawaii!
So Twin Falls is on a farm that’s private property, but the owners welcome everyone to visit the waterfalls.
There is no entry fee to visit these waterfalls. But if you want to support the farm, there’s a small fruit stand (Twin Falls Farm Stand) at the entrance, and there’s also a donation box that you’ll see as you’re walking on the trail towards the waterfalls.
Twin Falls trailhead parking
Also, it’s important to be mentally prepared for this stop, as there have been news reports in 2021 that the Twin Falls parking situation (and driving the Road to Hana in general) can be pretty terrible with all the traffic.
If the Twin Falls parking lot is full, I say keep driving… and then on the way back if Twin Falls is still open, you can see if the parking situation has improved.
The hours listed on the Twin Falls farm official website indicate they close at 4pm. (It opens at 8am.)
Alternative to Twin Falls on another day in Maui
If you do miss out on Twin Falls… if you’re up for an adventure, you may instead consider doing the 13 crossings hike in the West Maui mountains on another day. (Although, that parking is also limited, but it doesn’t get as much traffic as the Road to Hana.) You can make it a perfect one day in the West Maui mountains.
Alternative to Twin Falls along the Hana Highway
Otherwise, you can take a look at the list of Road to Hana waterfalls to see if any others interest you as an alternative.
If you are driving the back road to Hana, Alelele Falls is a worthy alternative to Twin Falls. In fact, because of the reports of the Twin Falls trailhead parking madness, I would recommend doing that one instead… IF you have already decided to do the back road to Hana!
More below on what the Twin Falls hike is like!
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The trail to Caveman Falls
Twin Falls is listed on google maps, and this is where you’ll go to get to Caveman Falls.
So once you get near, along the main road (aka the Hana Highway) is a parking area. It’s pretty obvious so you’ll know when you see it.
Then after you’ve parked, you’ll take the Twin Falls entry.
You’ll walk on a short trail, maybe around 10 minutes, and you’ll reach Twin Falls. There’s an upper and lower level where you can see the waterfalls here.
This is the lower falls of Twin Falls.
Then just past the trail to get you to Twin Falls, there’s a gated area.
You can go beyond this gate on your own, but there is a warning sign posted:
Experienced hikers only beyond this point.
Hazardous conditions may include:
- Flash flooding even when it is sunny
- Slippery and muddy conditions
- Rock slides
- Fallen trees and branches
- Wild pigs
- Narrow trails requiring sure footing and balance
- Crossing through water and walking up slippery stream beds
Hike time: 30+ minutes
Walking distance: 1+ mile
What’s beyond the gate?!
What shoes to wear hiking to Caveman Falls
I was happy to be wearing my waterproof hiking shoes on this trail! You don’t necessarily need super sturdy hiking shoes for this hike, but it can be very nice to be wearing footwear that you don’t mind getting wet.
Depending on the water flow, there are possible stream crossings in which your feet might get wet.
The same water shoes you wear for snorkeling can be perfect for the Twin Falls hike too!
And that’s a bit about hiking to Caveman Falls on the Road to Hana!
If you’re interested in the Twin Falls hike, you may also be interested in these Maui activities:
- Waihee Ridge Trail
- Kaihalulu red sand beach hike
- Pipiwai Trail
- Waianapanapa Coastal Trail
- Waianapanapa State Park
- The Pools at Oheo
- Iao Valley
- Haleakala National Park
- Hookipa Beach
- Hiking in the West Maui mountains
Plus plan out more of your Road to Hana drive!
- More waterfalls on the Road to Hana
- Tons more stops to make on the Road to Hana, in order
- Campgrounds with ocean views for an overnight Road to Hana trip
HAPPY HIKING TO THE UPPER FALLS OF TWIN FALLS!
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