River walk in the Majrase

The Majrase or Betiya (Bathsaida) Valley Nature Reserve contains a fun and popular short, circular, family river walk for adults and somewhat older children through the Dalyiot Stream (the Majrase) at the north-eastern tip of Lake Kinneret at its delta just before it enters Lake Kinneret. You return on a concrete path. It takes about ¾-hour there and back and is a great activity for a hot summer day. 

THE RIVER WALK:

 

Time: About ¾-hour.

Type of hike: Circular.

Difficulty: The path through the stream is minimally difficult with some small boulders and lots of small rocks. Holding 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. Old sneakers are fine. 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. Hours are 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Sunday to Thursday and Saturday, and 4.00 pm on Friday and holiday eves during the summer. 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 or locker key. The store does sell a small plastic waterproof bag that you can hang around your neck. There are WC’s in which you can change, and also showers. Their phone number is 04 673-1851. This is their website.

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THE RIVER WALK:

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

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

 

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