Monday, 4 November 2013
Hurshat Tal National Park, in the northern part of the Hula Valley, is the ideal place to spend a day out, or two or even three. The location and microclimate means that the landscaped lawns and well-kept campground, occupying 100 of the approximately 190 acres of the national park, are lush and inviting. In addition to campsites, the campground has bungalows and rooms for rent, although I haven’t tried them yet.
One tributary of the Dan River cuts through the park and fills a large pond, which is accessible for swimming. The waterslides here are among the highest in the country and the fishing area provides a relaxing diversion (at no additional charge). Kids love the slides, but angling for youngsters is definitely to be discouraged!
Some 25 acres (10ha) of the national park were declared a nature reserve, in part because of the 240 rare Mount Tabor oaks growing there. Centuries old, these trees are among the largest in Israel. After the rainy season, much of the park is in bloom with anemones and other spring flowers in what seems to be a carpet of colours.
Hurshat Tal is an ideal base for exploring the Galilee, the northern Golan Heights, and the Mount Hermon area, or just for a day out in Israel.
Hurshat Tal is located at Kibbutz, Hagoshrim about 5 km east of Kiyrat Shemona on Route 90.