Israel parks authority launches 50 new hiking paths, revamped vision

Spanning the country’s northernmost to southernmost tips, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority has launched 50 new or improved hiking paths for members of all population segments to enjoy.

The paths are divided into four categories: those tailored for families, those meant for hikers, those for cycling and 4×4 travel and those accessible to people with disabilities, the INPA said. All of the routes are set to be inaugurated during Nature Conservation Week, which will be celebrated on the weekends of February 27 and March 6, 2015.

Among the most prominent of the new paths is the Ramon Route Colors, a trekking site located within the Matzok Hatzinim Nature Reserve in the southern Negev Desert.

Another of the new paths is located within the Har Adir Nature Reserve in the Galilee – a track through an evergreen forest overlooking the entire Galilee and southern Lebanon. With the help of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, the INPA established an observatory with an expansive terrace on the mountain, which towers at about 1,008 meters above sea level.

Descriptions of all the new paths, as well as maps identifying their precise locations, are available in Hebrew at INPA’s website.

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