From Ein Gedi in the south to Banias in the north, the country is full of travelers

Green in the eyes: About 180,000 women and men walked yesterday in the nature reserves and national parks

Hikers in Nabi Samuel National Park. Photo by Amos Tal, Nature and Parks Authority

A holiday with pleasant weather, took the people of Israel for walks in nature, and about 180,000 of them walked yesterday (Thursday) in the nature reserves and national parks. Among the sites that stood out in terms of traveler traffic:

Masada National Parks with about 5,000 hikers, Caesarea and Yarkon Tel Afek with about 4,000 hikers in each of them, Ashkelon with about 3,000 hikers, Eshkol (Besor) with about 2,500 and Beit Guvrin and Migdal Tzedek with about 2,000 hikers each.

Among the nature reserves, the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve stood out with about 3,500 hikers, the Banias with about 2,000 hikers and Ein Afek and the Stalactite Cave with about 1,500 in each.

In addition, about 5,500 hikers chose to stay outdoors in one of the night camps of the Nature and Parks Authority around the country. Prominent parking lots were Tal grove, Achziv, Maayan Harod, Wells and Masada West.

Mount Zealots night camp. Photo by Jamil Atrash, Nature and Parks Authority

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of hikers also visited the tens of information and information stations set up by the Nature and Parks Authority in the sought-after hiking areas, reserves and national parks and open spaces. The information stations in Nahal Og, Nahal Tavor Reserve, Nahal Kana and Hof Hasharon stood out.

According to wife Whistling, Director of the Public and Community Division at the Nature and Parks Authority: “Even on the fourth day of the holiday week, tens of thousands of hikers filled the nature reserves and national parks, breathed nature and culture and enjoyed the manicured sites and flowering trails. We are preparing for a large number of travelers at the sites on the second holiday as well, and for thousands of travelers who use to go south for a walk and spend the night, in the overnight parking lots under the sky.

* Currently, there are still places available on Fridays and Saturdays, in dozens of national parks and nature reserves, and it’s time to sign up to visit them and enjoy a fun spring hiking experience.

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