Nes Harim Things to Do
If you want a glimpse of the beautiful views of the Judean Hills and its vegetation without going on a hike, the Soreq Valley View Promenade ("Tayelet Nof Nahal Soreq") is exactly what you are looking for.
This is a paved 750m long promenade, well suited for wheelchairs and disabled persons, with benches placed along the way. It will enable you to see the typical trees of the region, including the beautiful tree known in Hebrew as "Ktalav" (variously translated as "arbutus" and "strawberry tree"): this tree is remarkable for its reddish smooth, hard trunk and red branches.
The promenade offers great views of the Soreq valley, and will lead you to a lookout point with signs pointing to the surrounding mountains and villages. The Calatrava string bridge at the entrance to Jerusalem is also visible from here.
There is car park with a children's playground near the western end of the promenade.Related to:
- Family Travel
Looking for an easy 2-hr nature trail with scenic views in the judean Hills?
The Ktalav Canyon Views Trail is just that.
It is a circular trail which starts and ends near the US Independence Park visitor center, between Nes-Harim and Bar-Giora, and is also called the Schuster Trail. It is well marked, first in black and then in red.
The trail overlooks the beautiful valley of Nachal (Wadi) Ktalav, one of the tributes of Nachal Soreq. There are great views across the valley towards Har Ha-Tayassim, Ramat-Raziel and Har Giora. Jerusalem can be seen in the distance.
In the winter and spring there is a variety of colorful wild flowers and bushes.
From a point towards the end, before the climb up back to the visitir center, the trail joins another trail which meanders downhill to Nachal Ktalav and its springs.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Family Travel
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