The purpose of this website is to create a reference for English speakers who wish to hike the Israel National Trail, but who speak little or no Hebrew.
It is developed in support of the people of Israel who help maintain the INT as a resource for their nation and for visitors, and for the Israel Trails Committee and their work in building and maintaining the trail.
This website is non-profit and is run by volunteers. We invite you to contribute information.
Left: The Sea of Galilee.
Although the Israel National Trail is the main trail in Israel, hikers in this country soon find that there is an elaborate system of trails throughout the nation. On this page we highlight a few of them. I have tried to avoid the overly commerical websites which seem more interested in selling their services than providing information for the independent traveler, but then everyone has to make a living and having the names of a few good guides can be helpful.
ISRAEL21c is an online news service that covers innovations coming out of Israel in the fields of high-tech, culture, travel, health, environment and social action. Brian Blum is the reporter for the story featured here, an article which provides a concise description of ten dramatic but doable hikes. Brian pushes people out into some challenging landscapes, but proposes nothing that can't be handled with the proper planning. Well, Nahal Org might not be for everyone. He includes one of my favorites, Nahal Amud, a place I found both beautiful and mysterious and filled with untold stories. If only the stones could talk, what would we hear of the villages that once existed there?
There is a website, golantrail.com, which does not seem to be maintained. Instead I have linked to this site which offers a detailed description of hiking the Golan Trail (warning: some language is not suitable for mixed company). The descriptions are thorough and loaded with personal experience and provide a good overview of hiking the Golan Trail.
A quote from the website: "Ari, Itai and I embarked last Sunday on the Golan Trail, a 125km hike (78 miles) through some of the most spectacular countryside and cultural anomalies Israel has to offer. The hike was tough, and at times I was so sore I swore I couldn't keep hiking, but somehow I did."
I like the variety of trips outlined in this website. The two young Israelis who do the website have put a lot of energy and work into this. There are descriptions of bike trips and the Golan and many other short trips you can make. Check out their site: I think this will grow and become a great resource for people who want to visit Israel.
This Galilee-focused site makes a few commerical pitches (guides, etc.) but for the most part is a great overview of many hikes to found in the north of Israel. There are good directions here for short hikes, including parking, restaurants, and options for shorter or longer hikes. This is a personal site by Sara, and I am partial to personal websites by people who just want to spread the word about something they love.
Pioneering work on this trail and on the website has been done by my fellow Virginians Anna and David Landis, who went to school at Eastern Mennonite University. The increasingly-informative site includes detailed information on the Jesus Trail, including the best time to hike, lodging, transportation, water, a guidebook, costs, points of interest, and other logistical matters you might encounter. This is a great trail and I've covered most of it over the years, but it is only about 39 miles long so two or three days is sufficient to do the whole trail. In the Galilee area, however, there are many places you will want to stay longer.