The Israel National Trail is the main attraction for Hiking in Israel. The Israel National Trail crosses the State of Israel from North to South and stretching around 950 kilometers. It was inaugurated in 1955.
It has been listed by the National Geographic as one of the 20 “most epic trails” and it takes 45 to 60 days to complete. However, it never passes the Golan Heights or the West Bank.
The Israel National Trail can also be explored on Google Street View.
Starting in Kibbutz Dan in the North and ending on the Taba border crossing to Egypt south of Eilat the path covers many of Israel’s unique sites. The route was designed as many of the Israeli nature treasures as possible.
The sign for the Israel National Trail is easily recognizable and is made of three 3 lines: white, blue and brown. Standing in front of this sign will help you in orientating as the lines are painted in offset: The white line always shows the northbound direction (towards the white snowy top of Mount Hermon), and the brown line will point to the southbound direction (the color of the red mountains of Eilat).
Another hint: if you are well equipped and look like a real hiker, you may be able to walk along the trails in nature reserves that are operated by the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority without being charged for the regular entry fee. See this link for more details about the Israel National Trail.
Planning your hike on the Israel National Trail
You can start hiking on either direction — from north to south, or from south to north. However, the north to south route means you end up in Eilat, ready for a well-deserved luxurious rest. There are several particulars to be taken into account before beginning your hike. You can also check out Israel National Trail’s official website which talks about these things as well as provides more information.
For those who would prefer to embark on the Israel National Trail with a tour guide or logistical support, you can check out other relevant websites that offer these services.
Other trails for hiking In Israel
Israel is covered with a grid of hundreds of walking trails that are well signed with color marks (Green, blue, red and black.)
Of further interest are two additional hiking trails, one in the Golan Heights, and one circling the city of Jerusalem.
Another Israel Hiking Trail worth mentioning is the Jesus Trail in the lower Galilee covering over 65 Km many of the places Jesus lived and operated stretching from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee.
The contrast between water and desert is always alluring and magical — and Ein-Gedi is the best place to experience it. The region offers short, family-friendly strolls as well as longer hikes that will test every enthusiast’s endurance.