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    by mindcrime Written Apr 4, 2014

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    We didn’t really hiked any of the numerous trails of the large (2,600 acre) park (only experienced hikers can follow the steep 400 meters drop from the peak) but at least we checked the Carob Lookout where we had a breath taking view over the valley and the Sea of Galilee.

    It was for free some years before but now there’s a entrance fee (22nis or you can buy one of the many cards, we bought a green card that gives entrance to 6 national parks/archeological sites)

    Although some can spend a whole day there we stayed there only for an hour taking some pictures, there are no many trees, although one of them (pic 5) was very useful to avoid the burning sun for a while an read some information about Arbel. The weather was good but it would be a bad idea to walk from much longer, it was late October so I cant imagine how hot it can be during the summer months. There weren’t other visitors around, only a couple overlooking the Sea of Galilee and a dog (pic 4) which was good for us having the serene landscape for ourselves only, the reserve is part of the Jesus Trail so you be there when large groups gather and sing Christian songs, it was nice to hear them in churches but we prefer a quiet place when we visit nature, blow of the wind is enough for me :) If you go there you will have the privilege to see the blooming season as there’s a good variety of flowers.

    The park is open 8-16.00 (15.00 on Fridays and holiday eves)

    path in Arbel park view from Arbel cliffs wastewater reservoir relaxing at Arbel cliffs
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    by gubbi1 Updated Dec 7, 2010

    According to the flyer, which is handed out at the entrance to the park, the fortress was built in the seventeenth century by Ali Beq. It served as a military stronghold to control a road through the Arbel valley and a sacred Druze tomb on the other side of the valley.
    The fortress is located more or less below the Carob Lookout. But as you will see, it is neccessary to walk quite a round to get there.

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    by gubbi1 Written Dec 7, 2010

    Coming to Arbel National Park you certainly should do some hiking. I did a round trip around the cliff, which was really nice and scenic. This trail had some places where it was neccessary to use iron bars mounted in the rocks to get down and up the cliff. But there are other options to get to the different places without the need to climb. There is parking down in the opening of the valley between Mount Arbel and Mount Nitay towards lake Kinneret. From there you can walk up to the fortress. Also the green trail seems to be OK, regarding its difficulty.
    I am sure you will enjoy it here!

    Part of the flyer, Arbel NP, IL Trail marker, Arbel NP, IL Trail, Arbel NP, IL
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    by mindcrime Written Apr 4, 2014

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    Arbel National Park is located 9km north of Tiberias.

    We drove there on Sunday morning, we didn’t notice many other visitors, just a small minivan with a small group of Japanese tourists.

    How to move around
    Check first the Visitor Center for useful information about the national park.
    You can just check the Carob Lookout like we did for some breath taking view, it’s an easy walking trail
    Follow longer trails (try those only if you are experienced and don’t forget to be properly prepared, wear good walking/hiking shoes, a hat and above all don’t forget to take enough water with you, they suggest 3liters per day per person!)
    Don’t go near the edge of the cliff and at certain points beware of falling stones
    Pic 5 is a map of the reserve, we didn’t use it as we went only to Carob Lookout following the signs

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