Hurshat Tal for swimming and picnicking
Hurshat Tal is a very beautiful park in the northern part of the Hula Valley close to Kiryat Shmona with green lawns even in the middle of summer and a large lake. The swimming in this lake is suitable for all ages. The lawns are expansive with picnic benches and plenty of shade among the Mount Tabor oak trees.
Two deep areas in the lake are sectioned off and there is a wading area for children. The water temperature is at 12 degrees C (55 degrees F) all year round. There are lifeguards on duty at the lake. Children can also play in the shallow stream coming off from the lake, which is a branch of the Dan River, although its bed is a bit slippery without footwear. There are WC’s in the park, a store for hot and cold drinks and other supplies. You can barbecue on the lawns. There is wheelchair accessibility from the parking lot. There are also cabins and bungalows for rent.
VISITING THE PARK
Directions: Enter “Hurshat Tal National Park” into Waze.
Admission: The park is administered by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. There is an admission charge. There is reduced admission for subscription holders, but it is not entirely free. Admission hours: During the summer 8.00 am to 5.00 pm including Saturday, Fridays 8.00 am to 4.00 pm. The park closes an hour earlier during the winter. Their phone number is 04 694-2440. This is their website.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARK:
The park was designed to preserve the ancient Mount Tabor oak trees, which are part of a remnant of an ancient oak forest. The 240 oak trees are some of the largest in Israel and they were preserved because the forest was regarded as a holy site by the Muslims.