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River walk in the Majrase Valley Nature Reserve

The Majrase or Betiya (Bathsaida) Valley Nature Reserve is located at the north-eastern tip of Lake Kinneret. A popular and fun, short river walk, especially on a hot summer day, is at the delta of the Daliyot Stream (the Majrase), just before it enters Lake Kinneret. It is suitable for adults and somewhat older children.



Time: About ¾-hour.

Type of walk: Circular.

Difficulty: The path through the stream is minimally difficult with small boulders and lots of small rocks. Holding onto someone’s hand is a good way for keeping your balance, since you then have four legs! You will need appropriate shoes – not flip-ons. Something with a reasonable sole is appropriate. Most people seem to wear clothing rather than bathing wear.

Directions: Enter into Waze “Majrase” and click on “Majrase Nature Reserve.” This will bring you to the parking lot.

Admission: This is a site of the Israel Nature and Park Authority. Summer hours are 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Sunday to Thursday and Saturday, and 4.00 pm on Friday and holiday eves. It closes 1 hour earlier in winter. There is a gift shop by the parking area that sells hot and cold drinks and some supplies. The store will hold your valuables for a charge. There are lockers for rent, but this may not solve the problem of your car key or locker key. The store does sell a small plastic waterproof bag that you can hang around your neck. There are restrooms in which you can change, and also showers. Their phone number is 04 673-1851. This is their website.

Public transport: : Enter ““Majrase Nature Reserve” into Moovit. There are moderately frequent buses between Tiberias and Katzrin. The nearest bus stop is a 27-minute/2.2. Km walk from the Ma’ale Gamla Interchange.


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  • Walk straight ahead from the parking lot and you will soon come to the stream. Its depth in the summer is initially just above the ankles, but it gets progressively deeper as you progress. Just before the end, the water level in the summer is a bit below the neck of an average adult male. Otherwise, for much of the way, it’s a bit above the waistline. It’s difficult for an adult to do any swimming and most of the time you will be walking.

  • At the first big sign, children (and adults too) can leave the water via stone steps if they wish, as the water level subsequently becomes a bit deeper.


  • At the end of the river walk there are more stone steps for leaving the water. You return to your car via a concrete path. This path is also suitable for a stroller or wheelchair.

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