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The Daliyot Recreation Area and the Daliyot Waterfall via the Daliyot and Bazelet Canyons

Daliyot Recreation Area is a small Keren Kayemet LeYisrael forest close to the junction of routes 869 and 808. It also has a free camping area. A short, easy, circular walk through the forest provides a spectacular view over the Daliyot Canyon, and you may even be able to see the ruins of Gamla. Another highly recommended hike is along the red-marked trail by the Daliyot and Bazalet Canyons to an overlook for the Daliyot Waterfall, although this only flows in the winter and spring. You can even continue along this trail as far as the Gamla Nature Reserve, especially if you have a second car waiting for you. Walking a shorter distance and returning the way you came is also very worthwhile at any time of the year.

SHORT WALK IN THE RECREATION AREA:

Time: 30 to 60 minutes.

Distance: 1.4 Km.

Type of walk: Circular.

Difficulty: An easy walk on a reasonably smooth dirt path that is suitable for a stroller.

Directions: Enter “Dalyot Parking Lot” into Waze. This will lead to the parking lot. There is a portable WC. Adjacent to the parking lot is a large picnic area with shaded picnic benches.

Public transport: Enter "Dalyot Parking Lot" into Moovit. There is a bus stop at Daliyot Junction serviced by an infrequent bus from Katzrin. From this junction, it is a 1.0 Km/12-minute walk to the parking lot.

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THE HIKES: 

  • Follow the Golan Trail with its green-blue-white markings and this will lead you to a spot from where you can view the Daliyot Canyon.

  • To return to the car, turn right onto a red-marked trail and this will take you the short distance to the parking lot. This part of the trail to the parking lot is a bit rocky but is still easy going. However, if you have a stroller, take the smoother path just before this that also goes directly to the parking lot.

Highly recommended, even in the summer when there is not water in the streams, is to hike along the red-marked trail from the Daliyot Recreation Area in the direction of Gamla Nature Reserve. It is mainly an easy flat footpath, although the descents and ascents in the Daliyot Canyon, and even more so in the Bezalet Canyon, are slightly difficult and involve climbing on rocks.

 

  • From the parking area look straight ahead for a red marking on a rock and follow this footpath until you meet the green-blue-white trail. Cross this trail and follow the red-marked footpath. The descent to the Daliyot Canyon is only a short distance. You will need to cross the Daliyot Stream, but this is only a trickle in the spring and dry in the summer. After the ascent from the canyon, the route by the Daliyot Canyon is spectacular.  If there is recent rain, you will be able to see the waterfall .

  • Continue as far as you like. After about 50 minutes and before you descend to the Bazelet Canyon, you overlook the intersection of the Daliyot and Bezalet Canyons and the Daliyot Waterfall (if there is water). If you wish you can descend to the pool, but climb down with care. Continue further for a total of about 75 minutes and you have a superb view of the Gamla Nature Reserve and the ruins of the ancient city of Gamla. You can, in fact, continue all the way to the park office of the Gamla Nature Reserve – although there is not much point in doing this unless you have a second car waiting for you and/or you wish to pay the admission fee (you have been walking all this time in the Nature Reserve).

 

Unless you have two cars, you will need to retrace your steps back to your car. It is 3.5 Km each way to the Nature Reserve, although you may elect not to go as far as this. Another alternative, which is about 15 minutes shorter than just going back the way you came, is to take the paved bus road to route 808 by the Gamla Reserve observation area as a circular route. However, there is a notice that this route is closed for pedestrians, since the bus drivers will not be anticipating hikers. If you choose this route, walk along the side of the road with extreme care. Turn right onto route 808 and continue along the shoulder of the road which you will also need to walk along with care. Before the intersection of this road with route 869 you will see a footpath with green-blue-white markings that will take you back to your car.

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The Daliyot Recreation Area parking and picnic area.

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If the visibility is good, it is possible to make out the ancient city of Gamla (on the hill to the right of the midline of this picture).

Trail to the Bazelet Waterfall Overlook. To follow your location on your smart phone, click on https://israelhiking.osm.org.il/share/JmddxMwFoo.

Ciick on the black box with a cross at the top left of the map and this will change color from black to green.

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