- Talma Gotteiner
The Trail Around the Sea of Galilee
Further to my previous post on special activities taking place during Passover, I'd like to suggest a free hiking route for the whole family on the marked 'Trail around the Sea of Galilee'. The Sea of Galilee is full this year and if you're in the area, this trail is recommended for hiking by the Sea of Galilee Authority.
The route starts at the Arik Bridge, passing through eucalyptus groves, olive trees, stream channels and ancient stone buildings from the Ottoman period all the way to Capernaum. Along the path you enjoy lovely shady and quiet corners in the lap of nature and the beauty of the full Sea of Galilee.
How to get there: Start the trail on Road 87, North Kinneret Road. For those coming from the west, turn south before the Arik Bridge towards the Jordan river's estuary. Park your car among the eucalyptus trees, near the "Abukayak" kayak service's marked endpoint. An additional car is required to be placed at the end of the route in Capernaum National Park.
Description of the route: From the eucalyptus grove on the banks of the Jordan river, walk west on a well-paved path, first alongside the banks of the Jordan river and later alongside the banks of the Sea of Galilee. Go west with the views of the Sea of Galilee to your left. After about 2 km you'll notice the Or spring that flows all year round thanks to the Ein Ayish spring that flows between Road 87 and the Sea of Galilee. Also, nearby you'll discover the Tel Ayish ruins, an ancient settlement from the Iron Age to the Ottoman period. Along the path you pass through the beautiful "Amnon Bay" and Sappirit Beaches. After about half a kilometer, cross the Nahal Korazim stream on a narrow crossing and finish the route in Capernaum National Park.
Length of the route: about 4.5 km. For those interested in a short route of 2 km, you can reach the Ayish springs and park the additional vehicle on the shores of Amnon Bay.
Difficulty level: Easy
The 'Around the Sea of Galilee' route is one of the main projects of the Kinneret Cities Association and the Sea of Galilee Authority, which allows free passage to the shores of the Sea of Galilee through a comfortable and accessible promenade that surrounds the Sea of Galilee and offers beautiful landscapes and hidden corners. The trail was arranged for hiking with the help of volunteers and youth groups from schools from all over the country who became involved, adopted different sections alongside the trail, cleared and cleaned the route, placed benches in pleasant corners, installed neat nesting boxes for birds and observation points and more.
Currently, it is possible to walk about 90% around the Sea of Galilee on a route that is 53 kilometers long. The Kinneret Authority and the Kinneret Cities Association are continuing to work to clear additional sections that will complete the length of the trail to 58 kilometers around the National Lake.
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