`Afula `Illit Things to Do
There are two landmarks rising above the plain of the Jezreel Valley: Mt. Tabor and the hill of Giv'at Ha-Moreh. This hill rises 515 meters above sea level and a large part of it is today a forested nature reserve. The access is from Afula-Illit, built on the hill slope.
The forests are mainly composed of pine trees, with some oaks and other tree species. If you visit the reserve between February and April you may be lucky and see the endemic iris flower, Iris bismarckiana (or the "Nazzareth Iris" as it is called in Hebrew) with its beautiful, large white petals.
There are hiking trails all around Giv'at Ha-Moreh, and the commanding views in all directions are great. To the north you can see the Nazzareth mountains and Mount Tabor with the monastery crowning its top. To the south rises the Gilboa mountain ridge, and the Jezreel valley below is a beautiful tapestry of green and brown fields.Related to:
- Road Trip
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking