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Agamon Hula in the Galilee – Restored Hula Lake in the Galilee Panhandle

The Hula Valley is a major stopover for migrating birds and a popular place for bird watching in Israel. With abundant rainfall, the valley boasted a lake and seasonal swamp – a variety of landscape and flora which attracted a wide range of birds.

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Family Hike in Timna National Park – Arches and Plates near Eilat

The hike begins on the green trail, which begins just before the arches parking lot. The hike leads through a narrow canyon before climbing up into the hills. On the hilltops, there are many “plates”. These round depressions were once the shafts into the ancient mines, which have since been filled up.

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Banias suspended trail – Suspended trail over the Hermon River at the Banias Nature Reserve

The Banias suspended trail is a new path which allows visitors to the Banias Nature Reserve the opportunity to enter parts of the nature reserve which were previously inaccessible to visitors. The suspended trail, which opened in March 2010, provides a wooden trail over the rapids of the Hermon River, through a basalt canyon.

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Keshet Cave in the Galilee – Maarat Keshet – Arch cave in the Galilee

All that remains of the Keshet Cave is a huge arch. Most of the roof of the cave collapsed sometime in the past, but the immense arch provides a view of the Mediterranean, the Betzet Creek, and the Carmel Mountain ridge. Rappelling from the arch is very popular, due to the 50 meter drop on both sides of the arch.

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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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Connecting Path from Yad VaShem to Har Herzl – Path from Holocaust to New State

The connecting path between Yad VaShem and Har Herzl brings us from the years after the Holocaust to the creation of the state of Israel. The path, which is an easy stroll, is marked by historical signs which explain the major Jewish events leading up to the state. One of the markers, depicting the declaration of Independence, includes a recording of Ben Gurion’s famous speech. Later markers show the Arab attacks on Israel immediately afterwards.

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HaMinsara in the Ramon Crater – Carpentry Shop in the Ramon Crater

The Ramon Crater is 40 kilometers long, but just a few kilometers wide. The craters were formed when the Arava rift valley was formed, and the rivers changed course, carving out the inside of the crater. The walls of the crater keep their vertical angle, while the bottom deepens, exposing ancient rock stata.  The bottom of the crater is 500 meters deep, and the rocks at the bottom are 200 million years old!

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Scroll of Fire Sculpture in the Judean Hills – Sculpture in Martyrs Forest in Israel

The Scroll of Fire sculpture, Gviley Ha’aish in Hebrew, is a large memorial to the Holocaust, located in the Martyrs Forest in the Judean Hills. The bronze sculpture portrays the trauma of the Holocaust and the rebirth of the Jewish nation. The sculpture, by Nathan Rapoport, was dedicated in 1971, after three and a half years of work.

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Ramparts Walk National Park – Jerusalem’s old city ramparts

The ramparts walk along the top of Jerusalem’s old city walls provides a new view into parts of the old city which are otherwise inaccessible, and a view into the lives of the inhabitants of the old city. The views from the walls of the old city as well as the new city are spectacular.

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Nahal Senir National Park – Hikes in the Snir River national park

Nahal Senir National Park is a short fun family hike, through the Snir River. The Snir river, also known as the Hatsbani river, is the longest of the Jordan river tributaries. Beginning in Lebanon, it is 65 kilometers long.  Its main springs are the Hasbaya in Lebanon and the Wazani on the Israel-Lebanon border. Most of the water flowing comes from the Wazani spring, as the Hasbaya is used for agricultural use in Lebanon.

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Easy Hike to Nahal Zevital – Swim in the Zevitan pool in the Golan

Nahal Zavitan, or the Zevitan River, is the longest stream in the Golan Heights. The stream is 19 km long and runs to the Beit Tzaida basin at the Sea of Galilee. The stream runs through basalt canyons, creating pools and flowing down waterfalls. The water is cold and refreshing and swimming is allowed in the Zevitan pools.

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Gamla National Park – Family Hike to the Gamla Waterfall

Gamla National Park is part of the Yehudiah Nature reserve in the Golan. The Gamla waterfall, which flows all year round,  is the highest in Israel, at 51 meters high. The Gamla stream leads to the waterfall and then continues in a deep canyon. After the waterfall, the trail continues to a lookout.

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Gamla Nature Reserve – Griffon Vultures in nature and ancient city of Gamla

The Gamla nature reserve has Griffon Vultures, the highest waterfall in Israel, and the ancient city of Gamla. The trails in the reserve range from wheelchair accessible to moderately difficult due to steep climbs.

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Ayoun Nature Reserve – Ayoun stream and waterfalls – Iyon Stream in the Galil

The Iyon (Ayoun) Nature Reserve is located in the Upper Galilee (Galil in Hebrew). The Iyon Stream (Nahal Iyon) begins in the Iyon Valley in Lebanon, about 10 kilometers north of the nature reserve. The stream flows strongly in the winter and spring months, but in the summer it is diverted for farming. The Iyon stream is one of the tributaries to the Sea of Galilee (Kineret Sea)

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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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Ein Fara Spring – En Prat Spring – Nahal Prat Nature Reserve

Nahal Prat is a canyon created by a riverbed running from North of Jerusalem to the Jordan River above the Dead Sea. It is located in the Judean desert. Nahal Prat, also refered to as Wadi Kelt, has three main springs. Ein Prat, also known as Ein Fara, is the upper spring. Ein Fawwar, also known as Ein Maboa, is the middle spring. Ein Kelt is the lower spring. The Prat River is also fed by flash floods in Israel’s Judean hills.

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