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Golan Heights Nature Parks

It will be no surprise for visitors to the Golan heights to learn that the Golan Heights is a popular destination not just for tourists but for native Israelis too. People from all over the country and all over the world arrive at the Golan Heights in order to take in the beauty of the surroundings. Intermediary days of festivals such as Passover and Sukkot as well as the summer months are peak-season for this area with Israelis swarming in wanting to hike every nook and cranny of this area. Nature Parks are in abundance in this area with many water hikes to be enjoyed on one of the many hot days in the region.  Forests, mountains, pools, dormant volcanoes and incredible waterfalls are all waiting to be explored in this breath-takingly beautiful region of Israel.


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Ein Pik is a family-friendly, two-kilometer route that passes between the ruins of Pik, fig tree thicket on either side of the stream and vegetation that is especially apparent in the spring and autumn months. A beautiful view of the Ein Gev Stream, the north-east of the Galilee Lake and up until the Lower Galilee. There are a number of gorgeous viewpoints throughout the trail and the trail finishes up south of the Afek Viewpoint. The majority of the trail is exposed, with not much shade.



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Nahal Meitzar is the largest riverbed that runs from the southern Golan heights to the Yarmuk Valley. Surrounded by Mediterranean and desert plants, green in the winter and flowers in the spring, it is the ideal place for a family hike. The riverbed begins about a kilometer from Kibbutz Meitzar, descends westward through mountains and soft rock before Wadi Barbara (Arabic for Noisy Riverbed) flows into it. Two kilometers later the upper border highway crosses through it. It is possible to continue for another half kilometer to the Nahal Meitzar waterfall. The riverbed continues for another four kilometers, carving in to the rock and forming shallow pools before flowing in to the Yarmuk river. How to get there: On road 98, turn left before Hamat Gader. You will pass the Kibbutzim Mevo Chama and Kfar Charuv. Four kilometers after the turning for Kfar Charuv, there is a junction that turns in to Kibbutz Meitzar. Turn right at the junction, keep going for about three kilometers, turn east (do not turn in to the Kibbutz) for a few hundred meters, turn right. Continue south for about five kilometers until you see signs for Nahal Meitzar.




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Um el-Kantir, located in the south-western Golan heights, was once a wealthy Jewish village that was based on the linen whitening industry. This would be done in the nearby spring which is adorned by three monumental arcs. A synagogue was built there in the fifth century AD and was destroyed by an earthquake in 749. The synagogue was excavated using a computerized crane and is under restoration. In addition, a genuine podium that would have been used in the synagogue, to read the Torah from, made of smooth basalt stones, was found at the site too. The synagogue on site is one of the best-preserved in the country, with ninety percent of the remains found in their original positions, despite the earthquake of 749.

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