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Biriya Forest

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jsavElizabeth wrote a review Feb 2020
Elizabeth200 contributions56 helpful votes
This is one of the largest forests in Israel (if not THE largest). It is right outside of Tzfat and there is a lot to do there. There is a lovely walking promenade, a driving route that is scenic that goes from Tzfat to Dalton, an ancient synagogue, springs, horseback riding at Bat Ya'ar, and hiking. You cannot beat the views from the Biria Forest.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Susan W wrote a review Aug 2019
Givat Zeev30 contributions7 helpful votes
The fortress and story were very interesting but it was very difficult to find the other things shown on the website. They ran out of site maps. All the explanations are in hebrew only.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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jsavElizabeth wrote a review Aug 2019
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There is quite a lot to do in the Biriya Forest. It's huge, so my review will try to address several of these attractions. First, just driving through on the scenic route from the Tzfat/Amuka access road to Dalton is enjoyable because of the incredibly beautiful views. You feel like you're on top of the world. You must, however, be cautious because the road is very narrow at some points and does not accommodate two way traffic, even though two way traffic is actually allowed. When there are cars coming from the opposite direction, one must pull over onto the dirt shoulder, which isn't very wide and if you're on the outside of the road, is downright scary because of the height and drop next to the road. Still, along the way, you can visit the old British fortress/watchtower, remains of an ancient synagogue, and a natural spring (which, during the summer, was more like a puddle). I highly recommend spending some time just meandering around in your car or on foot in the various parts of the forest. There are some astounding lookouts and paths that are pleasant to walk.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Yitzchak M wrote a review Nov 2018
Ramat Gan, Israel1136 contributions239 helpful votes
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My wife and I spent an Israeli weekend (Friday-Saturday) in Tzfat with some friends, staying at the Artists’ Colony Inn (see my tripadvisor review) which, according to the map was 800 meters away from a marked “red” trail that slices through the western side of the Biriya Forest. Late Saturday (Shabat) morning we headed out of the inn, walking northward through the streets, alleys, and marketplace (closed) of the Old City of Tzfat until indeed we did hit the “red” trail on the northern edge of the Old City. We then hiked on this well-marked “red” trail, which runs along the western slope of Mount Canaan between the summit of Mount Canaan/Tzfat and the Amud River Gorge (west of Tzfat). Our destination was a spring clearly marked on the map, 1 ¼ kilometers away to the north. It was going to be our turn-around point. Well, sadly, we did not find the spring, but we did stop for an extended break, breathing in the wonderful pine-scented forest air, and deeply appreciating the panoramic views all around us. We then headed back the 2 kilometers to the hotel. (This is how a religious Jew who does not travel on his Sabbath can go on a hike on his Sabbath.) This small corner of the Biriya Forest left a deep impression on me and I hope to hike more parts of it in the future!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Zalman N wrote a review Aug 2018
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great space for families and kids and barbecue. clean, facilities were good. water available by bbq sites.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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