Majrase – Betiha Nature Reserve, near the Sea of Galilee, offers a short, easy, and lovely water trail that perfectly suits the hot days. Let’s begin exploring!
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Map of the area:
On the map above, you can see Betiha Nature Reserve in the top right corner. And here is an interactive map:
As you can see from the following trails map (part of the official brochure you receive at the entrance), there are two trails. The trails are the wet path and the dry route. But since the wet track is one-directional, you will probably start with it and then return to the entrance using the dry way.
Note: you can click on the map to enlarge it.
The dry path is an accessible trail. You can take the paved parking from the parking and continue along the river. There is also an accessible entrance to one of the bigger pools.
Sunday – Thursday and Saturday: 8:00 – 17:00 (16:00 during winter).
Friday: 8:00 – 16:00 (15:00 during winter).
Adult 28 NIS, child 14 NIS, and student 24 NIS. And free for National Park’s annual subscribers.
If you are going to visit several National Parks, then consider purchasing a combo ticket. You can find additional info at National Parks And Nature Reserves.
Note: opening hours and ticket prices were updated in January 2021. In any case, recheck the official site before visiting.
When to Visit Majrase – Betiha Nature Reserve?
You can walk in the river during Spring, Summer, and Autumn. But since the water is cold, I would suggest picking a warmer day during these seasons. And if you are not planning on entering the water, then you can visit all year round.
Note: lightning fire on the premises of this nature reserve is prohibited.
Majrase – the Daliyot stream flows down from the Golan into the Sea of Galilee from the northeast. At the inlet of the stream, is the “wet route.” It is marked as a blue trail – a section of about 800 m of walking through the stream, suitable for a spring, summer, or fall visit. At the end of the route, it is possible to return to the starting point by the “dry route” and enjoy the nature reserve and its views without walking through water. The “dry route” is also suitable for winter hikes. At the start of the Majrase route, there are washrooms and changing rooms for visitors, drinking water, and a shaded area for picnics. Lighting fires are prohibited. There is an entrance fee for the nature reserve.
Note: unless stated otherwise, all quotes were taken from the official site.
The Wet Route
The length of the round route is about 800 meters in each direction. We used the wet trail, which includes walking in water and partly swimming, in one direction. And returned to the entrance via the dry route.
Also, keep in mind that the water amount in the river delta changes according to the season. Thus, the wet trail might be closed during the winter. But, since the water is cold, the Majrase is suitable for hotter days.
As you start walking, the water is freezing, and it takes time to get used to.
Majrase – Betiha Nature Reserve is beloved by families with children. I guess there are three main reasons. The first one is the length. It is a short trail, and thus children can walk it without getting tired.
The second reason is water. It makes walking fun and not hot. Moreover, children do not need deep waters to swim.
And the third reason is the big picnic area. After completing the route, you can have a picnic in this nature reserve.
As you can see in the first part of the Wet Route, the water is quite shallow. It is about 20 – 40 cm deep.
Though the Wet Route is mostly shaded, i.e., it is not hot while walking in the shade and cold water, it is still better to come early. The later you arrive, the more people there will be.
We arrived at Betiha Nature Reserve at around 10 am, and this is how it looked at the more dense points.
As we continued, the water became deeper and deeper. At some point, we saw this sign notifying us about deep water.
At this point, children could easily swim, and the water level was about one meter deep.
There is quite a big pool in this area, and many decide to stop for a swim. And then, they take the exit to the left to return to the entrance/picnic area. But, we continued along the Water Trail.
This is what grows on the sides of the river:
At the end of the Wet Trail, there is another big pool. We swam there for a while and exited the water.
The Dry Trail
Completing the wet route, including swimming, took us about one and a half hours, but the way back, using the dry trail, took us approximately ten minutes.
Here you can see the paved routes. They lead to the water, both big pools. And the entrance to the water is wheelchair accessible.
There are no showers on-site, but there cranes for foot washing and toilets. There is also a small shop with some snacks (mostly drinks and ice creams), water sandals, flip-flops, and hats. The kiosk is located next to the picnic area.
Our whole visit to Betiha Nature Reserve took us about two hours. It also includes swimming and eating ice creams at the kiosk.
Majrase – Betiha Nature Reserve offers a short water trail near the Sea of Galilee. The water and the shade make it suitable for hot days. It is also a nice spot for a picnic. For those reasons, it is perfect for a family visit during the summer vacation.
For additional attractions in the area, check out the Sea of Galilee.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
Additional ResourcesHere are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.