The Israel National Trail

The Israel National Trail, (Hebrew: שביל ישראל‎, Shvil Yisrael) is a hiking trail that crosses Israel between the southern and northern borders, traversing a wide range of landscapes, a rich variety of flora and fauna, and a diversity of cultures.

The trail stretches from the Dan Kibbutz, near the Lebanese border, to Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba, and was named by National Geographic as one of the 20 best "epic hiking trails" in the world. The INT is approximately 1100 km (683 miles) long.

  Map of the Israel National Trail

Map of the Israel National Trail

Avraham Tamir hiked the Appalachian Trail and was inspired to create a national trail in Israel. We hope this website helps continue his vision by making the trail better known among English-speaking hikers around the world.

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.

 The Israel National Trail runs from the deserts of the south to the green mountain ranges of the north.

The Israel National Trail runs from the deserts of the south to the green mountain ranges of the north.

New on

Denise Stolnik, from Porto Alegre, Brazil, recently completed the Shvil Yisrael. She has posted an FAQ about the Israel National Trail on her blog.  She also has a large photo album on from her hike. Both are recommended to anyone wanting to learn more!

Read our interview with expert hiker Chris Hillier a.k.a Wolverine! Chris Hillier, from Detroit, Michigan recently finished the Israel National Trail and the Golan Heights Trail, and shared lots of stories and great information from his experiences.

Keep up with the latest updates to this site by following our new Facebook page.

This website is non-profit and is run by volunteer contributions. We invite you to contribute information here. Trip reports that we can link to and content that we can include on this site are always welcome.

The INT on Google Maps Treks

In 2016 Google launched its virtual tour of the Israel National Trail as part of its Street View Trekker project. Here you can experience a panoramic view of every point along the Shvil Yisrael.