Tourism Notifications - Central Israel

Ilanot – Visitors Center and Botanical Garden

The Botanical garden is open for travelers between 8:00 and 17:00. Accessible public restrooms are open between 8:00 and 17:00. The visitors center hosts individual travelers and groups, registration is required – call 09-8974800 or email Groups can also book guided tours at the botanical garden.
It is strictly forbidden to start any form of fire (including for barbeque purposes) in all areas of the botanical garden, including the picnic area. The park's trails are for travel by foot only – cycling and driving any kind of vehicle is strictly forbidden. Travel with dogs, held by leash, is allowed.
(Updated March 7th, 2022)

Partial Switch of the Judaean Foothills Paths to 4X4 Status

Due to heavy rains in the winter of 2022, several public paths in the Judaean foothills will switch to 4X4 status. Road signs will provide specific directions along the paths.
(Updated March 7th, 2022)

Eucalyptus Car Park Closure

The car park is closed until further notice due to safety hazards.
(Updated June 28th, 2021)

Ben Shemen Forest – Public Restrooms Opening Hours

Mitzpe Modi'in - Monday to Sunday, 08:00-16:00. Accessible restrooms.
Hapa'il car park - Monday to Sunday, 08:00-16:00. Accessible restrooms.
(Updated February 23rd, 2022)

HaHamisha/Histadrut Hamorim Forest – Closure of Roads

Due to waterline construction work, roads in HaHamisha/Histadrut Hamorim Forest will be closed to vehicles. Update will be posted once the roads will re-open.
(Updated April 6th, 2022)

Kula Forest – Closure of Warriors Path

The Warriors path will be closed from June 21st, 2021 until further notice due to forest works.

The Martyrs Forest

The path through the Judea Mountains national park and the Martyrs forest will be closed to motor vehicles, and will be open for foot travelers and bicycle riders only.
(Updated March 21st, 2021)

Hadera Forest – Closure of the Center of the Forest

Due to collapsing trees in the aftermath of a forest fire in September, visitors are not allowed in the center of the forest until further notice.
(Updated April 6th, 2022)

Hulda Forest – Herzl House

Herzl House will be closed to visitors until further notice.

Haruvit Forest - Closure of the Public Restrooms at Halo'hem Car Park

The public restrooms at Halo'hem car park are closed until further notice.
(Updated April 24th, 2022)

Modi'in Forest – Temporal Detour for the Israel National Trail

Due to development works in the bridges of the Anava interchange, a two-kilometer detour has been marked for the Israel National Trail.
(Updated August 8th, 2021)

Aminadav Forest - Ein Hindak

The Ein Hindak spring on the springs path is closed to the public due to a collapse hazard.
(Updated March 13th, 2022)

Tzora-President Forest –Tnufa Mountain

The Tnufa Mountain experienced a severe storm on March 2020. While all trails are open, visitors are cautioned not to stray off them due to the danger of collapsing trees.
(Updated August 8th, 2021)

Tzora-President Forest – Zeitim Car Park

The Zeitim car park is open from Monday to Sunday.
(Updated February 23rd, 2021)

Sataf - Nahal Sorek Path

The Nahal Sorek path from the Sataf's lower car park to the water cleansing facility is closed to the public due to security hazards.
(Updated April 26th, 2022)

Sataf - Ein Bikura Spring

The Ein Bikura spring is closed to the public due to safety hazards.
(Updated Martch 13th, 2022)

Ayalon-Canada Park – Entrance to the Park

The gates to the park will open each morning at 05:30 and will close in the evening at 18:00. No vehicles are allowed when the gates are closed. Foot travelers are allowed all throughout the day.
Emergency numbers:
Police – Modi'in Ilit – 08-6314680
Fire Department – Beit Shemesh – 02-5655440
Fire Department – Judea and Samaria – 02-5690600

Ayalon-Canada Park – Opening Hours

The park's gates open on 5:30 and close on 19:00. Vehicles are not allowed in the park while the gates are closed. The park is open 24/7 for foot travelers.

Public restrooms opening hours:

Western Zeitim car park: Monday to Sunday, from 08:00 to 16:00. Restrooms are accessible.

Eastern Zeitim car park: Monday to Sunday, from 08:00 to 16:00.

(Updated March 27th, 2022)

Ayalon-Canada Park – Tel Akad

Tel Akad and the trail leading to it are closed until further notice due to safety hazards.

Britain Park – Public Restrooms Opening Hours

Srigim Parking - Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 16:00.
Masua Overlook - Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 16:00, accessible restrooms also available.
Tel Azeka - the restrooms are closed until further notice.
(Updated April 24th, 2022)

Britain Park – The Luzit Caves

The Luzit caves are closed for visitors. Entrance to the Tel Goded caves has been blocked.

Britain Park – Trails

The Red Trail (9446) – from Mitzpe Masua to Hirbet Midras – will be temporarily closed due to safety hazards in crossing road 38 (limited field of vision). KKL-JNF is in search of an alternate route that will serve the many travelers in the area.
The Blue Trail (9445) from Mitzpe Masua to the Luzit Caves – the trail has been blocked due to a ban on visiting the Luzit caves.
The Israel National Trail section, between Tel Goded and the Beit Nir road – the section has been moved in the northwest direction due to safety hazards at the Tel Goded caves area.
(Updated July 27th, 2020)

Adulam Park – Opening of the Hiding Tunnel in Horvat Atri

The hiding tunnel in Horvat Atri is now open to visitors.
(Updated April 12th, 2022)

American Independence Park – Ein Al-Marj

Arrival and travel through Ein Al-Marj near the stalactite tunnel are extremely dangerous. The site is closed for travelers.
(Updated March 21st, 2021)

American Independence Park – Cesar Trail

Entrance to the Cesar Trail, from Horvat Hanut to the Beit Habad car park, along Road 375, is forbidden due to a severe safety hazard.

Ramat Menashe Park – Avoid Arriving on a Bus, if Possible

Many travelers arrive on weekends and holidays to the Nahal Hashofet trail by bus, which leads to severe traffic problems. We recommend that you avoid arriving by bus.
Following the closure of the picnic car parks at Nahal HaShofet, picnic at the Ramat Menashe Park can be held at the nearby Har Gahar area.

Ramat Menashe Park – Access to Nahal Hashofet on Weekends

The electric gates at the entrance to Yokne'am Hamoshava will close on Friday and Saturday between 08:00 and 16:00. In addition, the electric gates on the way from Yokne'am Hamoshava to Nahal Hashofet will be locked.

Ramat Menashe Park – Closure of the Section Leading from the Entrance to the Arazim Junction

On February 6th, 2022, the road section leading from the entrance (from road 66) to the Arazim junction (opposite to the Mekorot facility) will be closed due to forest safety works. The works are expected to last for 10 days and access to Nahal Gahar will be through road 6953 only.
The Har Gahar (Hazore'a) car parks will be accessible through the Snake trail from road 66.
The section will open on Fridays and Saturdays until the works' conclusion.

Ramat Menashe Park – Nahal Hashofet Trail

On March 1st, 2022, upgrade works will start at the upper section of Nahal Hashofet.The section will be closed to the public until the end of the works. The lower section will remain open, for the time being. At this stage, the stream is open for travelers.
It is estimated that the upgrade works will take place over the course of six months.

Menashe Region - Fire Drill

A large fire drill will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd 2022 in the Menashe region. The drill will be held from the early morning hours until about 14:00. During the drill, many fire enginges and security forces vehicles will be driving throughout the area, especially in the following locations:

Megido, Midrach Oz, Mishmar Ha'Emek, Ramat Hashofet, Ein Hashofet, Yokne'am, Ramot Menashe and the Menashe forests.

The drill is held as part of the preperations to the summer season.

(Updated May 1st, 2022) 

Ayalon-Canada Park – Closure During Lag Baomer

Following instructions from the Israeli Police, the Ayalon-Canada park gates will be closed during the Lag Baomer holiday, from May 18th at 15:00 to May 19th at 06:00, to all visitors.
(Updated May 10th, 2022)

Rosh HaAyin Forest – Closure During Lag Baomer

Following instructions from the Israeli Police, the Rosh HaAyin forest will be closed to vehicles during the Lag Baomer holiday, from May 18th at 12:00 to May 20th at 08:00.
(Updated May 10th, 2022)

Ramat Menashe Park – Closure of the Ashtar Car Park

The Ashtar Car Park has closed down permanently.
(Updated May 12th, 2022)