Make the rainforest your home and the mountains your backyard at the only non-beach, city- and county-run camping site on the island. Hawaiian for "make a place of peace and tranquility," the 400-acre park fits its name perfectly; its verdant and tranquil grounds are home to a 32-acre reservoir, plus hundreds of plant species from around the world. With 29 campsites to choose from, you’ll have ample space to build a campfire, hike, take a nature walk, fish, and feed ducks at the lake. Restrooms, outdoor showers, and picnic tables are located near each site.
Getting to Peacock Flats is not for the meek. You’ll need to backpack, or take a four-wheel drive through rugged and rocky mountain terrain before accessing the campsite through Ka‘ena Point Satellite Tracking Station, with your permit. Once you get there, you’ll be rewarded with an open meadow and breathtaking views of Oahu’s North Shore. Continue on the Mokuleia trail to Three Corners, where you’ll find sweeping views of Makua, Mākaha, and Mokuleia valleys. On clear and cloudless nights, you’ll be treated to stunning stargazing opportunities. The camping area provides a shelter and picnic table, but no running water, so be sure to stock up before you go. And don’t forget the deodorant.