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Oz V’Gaon Memorial – Oz Ve’gaon Nature Reserve in Gush Etzion

Oz V’Gaon nature reserve is a memorial for three Israeli youth who were killed by terrorists in the summer of 2014; the kidnapping and murder was one of the events which led up to Operation Protective Edge (Tzuk Eitan, in Hebrew) against Hamas terrorists.

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Hike in Nahal Peres – Difficult hike in the Peres River in the Negev

The hike in the Nahal Peres riverbed is a classic but challenging hike. It is a beautiful hike with varying elements, past waterfalls in upper Nahal Peres, leading to the famous Peres waterholes, slides in the Peres riverbed, and a steep climb up out of the Nahal at the end.

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Hike in Upper Nahal Og – Very challenging hike in the Judean Desert

This hike in Nahal Og bears no resemblance to the classic lower Nahal Og hike with the three waterfalls. This is probably the most “technically” difficult hike I have ever done, with a number of spots where my fellow hikers had to help each other. Having said that, it was amazing and great fun – but it should not be attempted alone or by inexperienced hikers.

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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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Deir Qureh village at Gamla – Ancient Chrisian village at Gamla national park in the Golan

Deir Qureh is the runis of an old Christian village from the 4th-5th centuries CE. In the 6th century, a church and monastery were added. The village was abandoned  in the 7th century. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the village was populated again, and a Syrian village was built here in the 20th century.

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Ancient city of Gamla – Gamla National Park in the Golan

The ancient city of Gamla is located in the Golan, in the Gamla national park. Gamla was a Jewish city from the 2nd century BCE, and the first city to fight against the Romans in the Jewish Revolt against Rome (66-73 CE). Sometimes referred to as the Masada of the north, the city was conquered and destroyed in 67 CE.

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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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Challenging hike at Ein Gedi – Maale Bnei HaMoshavim and Maale Ein Gedi

Maale bnei hamoshavim was the first trail in Ein Gedi which was made in recent times. It is named bnei hamoshavim after the youth group which made the trail in 1963. The trail leads from the Nahal Arugot Wadi to the desert plateau above Ein Gedi.  The trail is difficult and requires climbing up the rocks at some points.

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Madras ruins in Park Adulam – Hirbet Madras near Beit Shemesh – Churvat Madras in Park Adulam

Hirbet Madras, known as Churvat Madras in Hebrew, is the remains of an agricultural village located in Park Adulam.  The Hirbet Madras ruins include houses, burial caves, hiding caves, a columbarium cave, and a burial pyramid.

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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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Flamingoes at Avrona near Eilat – Evrona Salt Ponds are home to flamingoes

The Evrona salt ponds are home to hundreds of flamingoes. Originally the flamingoes stopped in Eilat only briefly, but within a few years, the young began staying. Now, the young flamingos live there that the older flamingos return after winter. The young ones can be recognized as they are white, while the older flamingos are pink.

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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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Nahal Yehudiya Hikes – waterfalls and pools in the Yehudiya Forest Nature Reserve

Nahal Yehudiya is a challenging but fun hike. The hike takes you into the canyon, down the waterfalls, and along the flowing water. The canyon is filled with greenery, so most of the time you are walking in the shade. Wild oleanderis common, casting its pink flowers through the lush greenery.

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Yarkon National Park – Tel Afek, Antipatris, and the Yarkon River

The Yarkon National Park in located in Rosh Ha’ayin. The park includes Tel Afek and the sources of the Yarkon River. Tel Afek, also known as Antipatris, has an Ottoman fortress. The Yarkon River springs have a variety of flora and fauna.

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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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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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Einot Tzukim Nature Reserve – Enot Tsukim Spring – Ein Feshkha Spring

The Einot Tzukim Nature  Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world. It consists of three parts, the closed reserve on the north, the open reserve in the middle, and the hidden reserve on the South. The closed reserve is completely closed off to visitors, to protect the native fauna and flora of the area. The middle area includes pools of mineral water for bathing in, lined by high shady foliage. The hidden reserve can be entered only with a guide; Guided tours are generally available on weekends, but can be arranged at any time.

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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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