Coastal Iris Trail at Ilanot Forest – Visitors Guide – Map, Trail, and More


Near Ilanot National Arboretum, you can find a lovely grove with Irises. And you can use a 1.5 km circular trail for hiking the forest.

Note: today, we will visit the Coastal Iris trail. And if you are interested in additional information about Ilanot, see Ilanot National Arboretum.

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Map

Ilanot Forest lies next to the old Tel-Aviv – Haifa highway (road #4), close to Dror Junction. You can enter the Ilanot National Arboretum by turning right from highway #4 north. And the easiest way to reach it is by entering “Ilanot forest” to Waze.

Map of the area:

There is plenty of free parking on site. But this place is quite popular. And if you arrive later on a Saturday, entering Ilanot and finding parking will take time.

Map of Ilanot National Arboretum
Map of Ilanot National Arboretum

On the bottom right side of the map above, you can see the grove. Here is the map of the Ilanot forest.

Map of Coastal Iris Trail at Ilanot
Map of Coastal Iris Trail at Ilanot

Note: you can click on the maps to enlarge them.

Opening Hours

The Botanical Garden is open daily from 08:00 until sunset (the gate is locked at sunset).

Entrance Fee

Free.

Note: for additional basic information about Ilanot, see Ilanot National Arboretum.

When does Coastal Iris bloom?

Iris Atropurpurea is a protected plant and unique species that can be met only in Israel and Syria. It starts to bloom in the middle of January and reaches its peak in the middle of February. The blooming lasts till the beginning of March.

Note: another great place to see the Coastal Iris is Nahal Poleg Nature Reserve.

Coastal Iris Trail

We start at the parking (#1 on the map) and head east.

Parking at Ilanot National Arboretum
Parking at Ilanot National Arboretum

At the end of the parking lot, you will see a sign pointing to the beginning of the trail.

Coastal Iris Trail
Coastal Iris Trail

After a short walk, you will see the grove entrance to your left (point #2 on the map).

Entrance to the grove
Entrance to the grove

The length of the Coastal Iris trail is about 1.5 km. This circular path begins and ends near the sign in the following photo.

Coastal Iris Trail at Ilanot forest
Coastal Iris Trail at Ilanot forest

You start hiking along the blue trail, and after a couple of minutes, you will reach a junction of blue and green routes (near point #7).

The blue trail
The blue trail
Coastal Iris Trail at Ilanot forest

At this junction, continue along with the blue trail. And you will return using the green path.

Coastal Iris
Coastal Iris

We visited in the second half of February and did not see that many Irises. At Nahal Poleg Nature Reserve, we saw considerably more flowers.

Iris Atropurpurea
Iris Atropurpurea
Coastal Iris Trail at Ilanot forest
Coastal Iris Trail
Lupine
Lupine
Explanation sign about Irises
Explanation sign about Irises

Unlike Ilanot National Arboretum, where you can find paved roads, taking a baby stroller to this trail can be problematic. As you can see, some parts of the trail are sandy. Therefore when hiking, use baby carriers.

Coastal Iris Trail at Ilanot forest
Lupine
Lupine
Coastal Iris
Coastal Iris

Summary

It took us about an hour to complete the Coastal Iris Trail (at a slow pace). It is a short lovely, and mostly shaded trail. And you can visit it independently or as an addition to Ilanot National Arboretum.

Note: another great place to see the Coastal Iris is Nahal Poleg Nature Reserve.

Have you ever been to Coastal Iris Trail at Ilanot forest? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

Note: if you love similar places, check out agrotourism and nature.

That’s all for today, and I will see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

   

Additional Resources

Here are several resources that I created to help travelers: And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.  
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