Picnics in Israels Nature combined with short walks

Picnics and Short Walks

Unique Picnic Spots and easy walks up to 3 Km long, will bring you to amazing spots in Israel’s Nature. If you are not a hardcore hiker, or you are just limited in time – This the page for you!!

All the spots and walks selected here, are very easy to reach and supper easy to navigate when done with our Detailed hiking Maps & GPS Track Files.

➢  Picnics – North 

➢  Picnics – Center


Ein Shoko and Mevo Hama promenade 

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A short hike to a refreshing spring with great views on lake Kinneret

  • Region – Golan Height
  • Parking – Kibbutz Mevo Hama –  (GPS: 32.738294, 35.656125)
  • Picnic spot Around Shoko Spring
  • Walking distance:
    Shoko Spring –  1 Km
    promenade – As much as you want.
  • recommended period: All year.

There are 2 options. You can choose one or do both.

  1. The 2 Km long, paved & stroller friendly promenade runs along the edge of a cliff 400 m above the lake. It is  a flat and easy walk offering constant great views. You can walk all or part of the promenade.
  2. One km short walk (½ km each direction)  to the magnificent Shoko Spring. A perfect spot for a picnic that combines an attractive spring with great view on the Sea of Galilee.

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The “Blue Eye” Pond near Jish

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A short walk to a beautiful pond with great views on the surrounding Galilee mountains

  • Region – Upper Galilee
  • Parking – Dirt road near Jish –  (GPS: 33.034117, 35.441326)
  • Picnic Spot: On the meadow around the pond
  • Walking distance: 800 m
  • recommended period: December – April

An 800 m, easy short walk (400 m each way) to small pond, about 40 m diameter located in a beautiful setting surrounded by green meadows and great views to the surrounding Galilee mountains. The pond get filled with rainwater and therefore is full only after the first heavy winter rains and until May. There is also no shade around the pond, therefore it is an attractive outing only during winter and early spring.

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Kanaf Spring

Ein Kanaf pool, Golan Heights, Israel

A great picnic spot with plenty of shade an a pleasant pool

  • Region – Golan Heights
  • Parking – Dirt road near Kanaf-  (GPS: 32.870114, 35.703474)
  • Picnic Spot: In the shade around the pool
  • Walking distance: 50 m
  • recommended period: All Year

A very pleasant picnic spot that does not involve any walking, just a short drive a dirt road. The man-made pool collect the water from the nearby spring.  The pool is 10 m long, 5 wide and about 1 m deep. The spring is also named “Ma’ayan Ashi” in memory of First Sergeant Asher (“Ashi”) Novik, who was killed in the village of Debel in southern Lebanon on August 9, 2006, during the Second Lebanon War.

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Habonim Beach Coves

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picnic in a picturesque cove on the mediterranean shore

  • Region – Center
  • Parking – Habonim Beach –  (GPS: 32.643052, 34.924990)
  • Picnic Spot: On the beach in one of the coves
  • Walking distance: 2.5 Km
  • recommended period: All Year

This 4 Km strip stretches between the Habonim and Dor beaches. It is regarded as the most scenic beach area in Israel. It is also very diverse. Within this short walk you can visit magical small coves, a ship wreck and the famous blue  cave. (Walk along the coast on the red marked trail until the ship wreck and back on the red marked trail)

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Ancient Yodfat and mount Atzmon

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A very rewarding visit to a lesser known spot. Within a small area you can visit Ancient Yodfat (“Masada of the Galilee”). Hike to the fantastic summit of mount Atzmon. Enjoy a coffee or a meal in a pleasant setting and see wildflowers if you come in the right timing.

  • Region – Lower Galilee
  • Parking:
    1 – Yodfat Shopping Center –  (GPS: 32.836803, 35.273807)
    2 – Mount Atzmon Short Walk –  (GPS: 32.833979, 35.269060)
    3 – Ancient Yodfat archeological site –  (GPS: 32.833565, 35.277311)
    (See parking locations on the map)
  • Picnic spots – On the summit of mount Atzmon or near ancient Yodfat.
  • Walking distance:
    Ancient Yodfat –  1 Km
    Mount Atzmon Round Hike – 4 Km
    Mount Atzmon short hike – 2.5 Km
  • recommended period: All year.
    Best: January – March for many wildflowers and better visibility.
    Special: End of August – Mid of September for fields of Squills (Hazab).
  • There are a few options in the area. You can do all or some of them.
    1. Short tour of ancient Yodfat.
    2. Hike to the fantastic summit of Mount Atzmon.
    3. Enjoy great Food/Drink options in the small and pleasant Yodfat shopping center.
    4. If are with small kinds you can also visit the Monkey Forest in Yodfat.

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Tel Azekah

Tel Azekah - Samuel 1 17:49 - David and Golaith
Samuel 1 17:49 – hen David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.

picnic above the Elah valley which is identified as the location of the famous battle between David and Goliath! 

      • Region – Center
      • Parking – Parking area at the end of a dirt road –  (GPS: 31.702275, 34.942761)
      • Picnic Spot: Top of Tel Azekah
      • Walking distance: 1 Km
      • recommended period: All Year

After ½ Km of a steep climb you are at the top of Tel Azekah. From the top you have outstanding views on the surrounding Judean plains and mountains. Picnic under one of the almond trees, open the bible on Samuel 1, 17 , read the chapter and imagine how the events took place in the valley below you 3000 years ago.

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Barbahar

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A pleasant circular short walk with views on the Judean Mountains

      • Region – Judean Mountains
      • Parking – Barbahar Restaurant. (GPS: 31.734391, 35.072135)
      • Walking distance: 1.5 Km
      • Picnic – Any spot along the way with good views.
      • Recommended period: All year.

There are several options to choose from:

      1. The spot is very popular on weekends, especially with good weather.
      2. Enjoy a drink or a meal on the restaurant’s outdoor balcony.
      3. Walk the stroller friendly scenic paved path. The path starts from the parking area and goes west for about 700 m, parallel to the main road and offers good views on the Judean mountains. You can follow it as long as you feel like and go back the same way.
      4. If you are a bit more energetic you can walk the 1.5 Km circular forest path around the hill northeast to the parking. It’s a pleasant short hike with great views opening up from time to time between the trees. The walk starts on the black marked trail to the right of the restaurant. (Very simple to follow on the hiking  map).
      5. If you have the time and energy you can also  take the 7.5 Km  Ktalav Hike. One of the most popular hiking trails in the area.

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Tamar Spring

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A short easy walk to visit 2 pleasant Springs.

      • Region – Judean Mountains.
      • Parking – Seadim Ruins –  (GPS: 31.750628, 35.130235)
      • Walking distance: 3.5 km
      • Picnic: Near the pool of Tamar Spring.
      • Recommended period: All Year.

The western slopes of the Judean mountains are “dotted” with dozens of small springs. the classic “Spring Trail” which is highlighted here offers a very easy walk to visit 2 of them.
Start by taking a short tour at the Byzantine ruins of Seadim.
It is a remains of a Byzantine farm, olive press and an ancient mosque that was built later on-top of the ruins of the Byzantine buildings. some of the trees around are very old and reach huge proportions. This is due to the belief that trees near a mosque should not to be cut down due to the sanctity of the place.
To get to Tamar Spring follow the Green marked trail for 1.7 Km.  (En route you will also visit Sarig Spring)

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Handak Spring

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A short easy walk to an interesting “Tunnel Spring”

      • Region – Judean Mountains.
      • Parking – A minor road opposite to Hadasa Hospital  –  (GPS: 31.763653, 35.144941)
      • Walking distance: 2 km
      • Picnic: Around Handak Spring.
      • Recommended period: All Year.
      • Flashlight required to walk inside the tunnel!!

Another typical spring to the area.
This is a “Tunnel” spring.  The ancient tunnel is carved into the rock to reach the source of the water. The tunnel is almost 50 m long and the water depth reaches 1.5 m. It’s a unique experience to walk inside the tunnel!! all the way to its end. (You must use a flashlight, preferably head mounted).
The walk to the spring is an easy 1 km each way on a minor road and then a dirt road.
Very easy to follow on the map.

Bonus: You can add a visit to the nearby interesting  monastery of “Saint John in the Wilderness”. The monastery is named after John the Baptist, who was born in the near by Ein Karem, and began his retreat here. It is located in a beautiful setting on the edge of the slope and surrounded by a beautiful garden.

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