The new trail in the eastern area of Israel is 120 km long and surrounds the mountains and valleys around the ancient city of Beit Shean.
The trail (signed by orange colored marks) begins on top of the Gilboa mountain, at an eastern view point, from which you can see on a bright day from the suburbs of Amman to the top of the Hermon mountain north to the Golan heights.
From that point, the trail goes down to the Valley of Springs down to the Harod stream. After visiting the water attractions, the trail heads north to the ancient crusaders fortress- Belvoir and it’s magnificent view 400 meters above the Jordan valley. Down from the well preserved fortress, the trail turns south and follows the border line between Israel and Jordan, and the old Ottoman railway to the pioneer kibuts- Tirat Tzvi, and turns to the north west- to complete the circle in the ancient city of Beit Shean. On the way. The trail takes you to visit the historical site mentioned in the bible- Rehov, for a last view of the valley, from the top of the hill.
- How much time do I need to finish the trail?
- How hard is it?
The trail takes up to 6 days and is mostly appropriate for easy walkers, Except for the mountains area that are for fit walkers.
- what is the best season to come?
The ideal season begins at the middle of November when the weather cools drastically until april when it goes too hot and too dry to walk it all.
- Special things about the trail:
1. Walking the trail allows you to change several climate zones while traveling. The vally of Beit Shean is unique for its location between the hot dry climate effects of the great arab deasert. Tirat Tzvi hold a world record for the highest temperature ever measured on earth: 54 c. this weather makes the vally ideal for some reptile, insects and plants to be found here at their northern area of appearance.
During the wet season, most of the area goes under the effection of the Mediterranean climate that brings about 200- 300 mm of rain and grows green layers that cover the area, changing it dramatically.
2. The Beit Shean valley is part of the Great Rift Valley. Its geological history of great forces that formed the landscape, also made this area rich with great springs that are spread across the valley and make great oases.
Also, the great rift valley is the main routh for Bird Migration between Europe and Africa. Therefore most of the year you can meet here a lot of bird species in great numbers.