Chain of Craters Road is a 23 mile winding paved road through the East Rift and coastal area of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
on the island of Hawaii, in the state of Hawaii, United States
. The original road, built in 1928, connected Crater Rim Drive to Makaopuhi Crater. The road was lengthened to reach the tiny town of Kalapana
in 1959. The road has had parts covered by lava several times due to eruptions of the Kīlauea Volcano
The road has paths and road offshoots that allow access to various volcanic views such as pit craters, active and dormant lava flows, plumes from lava tubes and various geographic sites that can be accessed by trails from the road. Caution is urged as these areas are dangerous. There are also scenic views through tropical rainforests, and the seacoast. Next to the park's Visitor Center is the 10-mile (16 km) paved Crater Rim Drive around Kilauea Caldera, off which a short paved road leads to a viewpoint overlooking Kīlauea, the origin of the 1995 eruption that closed the Chain of Craters Road.
Even if no active lava is visible, Chain of Craters Road is an exceptionally scenic and spectacular drive, but it can be hazardous under poor conditions. Moreover, because of the dangers posed by an active volcano, the government is posting a daily conditions report which should be checked before driving Chain of Craters Road or taking any of its offshoots or trails. In April 2008 the area was rated as dangerous with a high alert because of volcanic activity and sulfurous gas.