Category Archives: Galilee national parks

Ganei Hoga National Park – Swimming in the Huga Pools in the Beit Shean Valley

Ganei Hoga is a large park with three pools flowing with natural cool spring water. The water in the pools are a consistent 24 degrees year round.

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Metsad Abirim in the Galilee – Fort of Knights in the Abirim nature reserve

Metsad Abirim, the “fort of knights”, is the remains of a Crusader building in the Galilee. The building was made of large stones with a border around the edges; it was probably a fort or fortified farmhouse. The site is known as the Fort of Knights because the inhabitants were probably knights.

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Tel Megiddo National Park in Galilee – Armageddon in the Galilee

Megiddo National Park is a tel in the Galilee in Northern Israel, with 26 layers of ruins. Tel Megiddo was the site of many important battles in the past, and is the site known as Derech HaYam, or “The Way of the Sea” in the Torah, and Armageddon in the New Testament. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Hurshat Tal National Park – park with man-made swimming pool in Galil

Hurshat Tal national park is located in the Galil, near Kiryat Shmona. One of the tributaries to the Dan River cuts through the park, flowing through a large man-made pool with freezing cold water. The water is 12 degrees C (55F) all year round. The pool is sectioned into a shallow area and two deep areas, and lifeguards are in attendance.

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Rosh HaNikra grottoes – Grottoes and history at Rosh HaNikra

Rosh HaNikra is a chalk mountain range on the Mediterranean Sea, at the Israel-Lebanon border. The white chalk cliffs provide a great view of the Sea and the Galilee. The Sea carved out many grottoes in the soft chalk rock over thousands of years, which have been connected by a man-made tunnel.

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Dan Nature Reserve in the Galilee – Tel Dan excavations

The Dan River, which runs through the Dan Nature Reserve in the Upper Galilee (Galil in Hebrew), is the largest tributary to the Jordan River. The river contributes about 240 million cubic meters of water to the Jordan River – about the same as contributed by the other tributaries combined.

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Yehiam Fortress National Park – Yehiam crusader fortress protects settlers in 1948

Yehiam Fortress (Mivtzar Yechiam, in Hebrew) National Park is a Crusader fortress in the Galilee. The fortress was destroyed by the Baybars in 1265. The settlers of Kibbutz Yehiam used the fortress walls as protection during the Israeli war of independence.

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Bar’am National Park – Baram Forest in the Galilee – Ancient Synagogue in the Galil

Bar’am was an ancient Jewish town during the time of the Mishna. It was a wealthy town, since it had two synagogues. The larger synagogue, dating back to the 2nd or 3rd century, is a beautiful synagogue. Little remains of the smaller synagogue. Remains from the original town can also be seen.

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