Ofir Lookout and a family hike

Ofir Lookout (Mitzpe Ofir) is a lookout over the expanse of Lake Kinneret, including Kibbutz Ein Gev below, Tiberias on the far side of the lake, and the mountains of the Lower Galilee. A sign identifies the places you are looking at.  It has unusual picnic chairs and tables made of natural blocks of stone, many of them in shade. From the lookout is a beautiful short family hike along the cliff.

This lookout was developed by the parents of Ofir from a nearby moshav. Their son died at age 16 from a long illness. Hence, the grove of 16 olive trees. There are steps at the side of the observation area leading to a trail in the Susita Nature Reserve. In theory, you can hike along this path for considerable distance, as it is part of the Golan Trail, but a 30-minute hike in each direction is sufficient for viewing the hilltop with the ruins of the ancient city of Susista.

HIKE ALONG THE BLUE-MARKED TRAIL:

Time: 1 hour there and back

Distance: 2.5 Km there and back.

Type of walk: One-way there and back.

Difficulty: There are some areas of walking on rocks, but there is no climbing and most of the hike is easy. The path is adjacent to the cliff, but far from the edge. Nevertheless, this hike is not for small children.

Directions: Enter into Waze “Mitzpe Ofir” and click on “מצפה אופיר.”

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THE HIKE:

  • After going up the wooden steps, you will come to another group of stone picnic benches. Then the remains of Syrian cannon. You then enter Susista Nature Reserve. You will come to two Syrian bunkers with their commanding view of the Jewish settlements below.

 

  • A convenient place to turn around is after viewing Susita or when the path descends into an olive grove.

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One-way trail from Ofir Lookout. To follow your location on your smart phone, click on these words

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