Hanging Bridges at Nesher Park – Visitors Guide (with Map and Trails)


Park Nesher

Hanging Bridges at Nesher Park offers a lovely circular hike close to Haifa. And on this path, you will hike in a waterless river, visit caves and walk on hanging bridges. Let’s begin exploring!

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Map

The entrance to Nesher Park from Haharuv Street, Nesher. And it is located near Haifa university. The easiest way to get there is by entering “Nesher Park” into Waze.

Interactive map of the area:

And here is map of Nesher Park:

Map of Nesher Park
Map of Nesher Park

And here is a closeup photo:

Map of Nesher Park
Map of Nesher Park

Note: you can click on the map to enlarge it.

Parking

There is a parking lot by the park. During the day (08:00 – 19:00), you have to pay for the parking (including Saturdays and holidays).

Parking lot
Parking lot

On the image above, you can see half of the parking lot. And because it is not big, and Nesher Park is a popular place, there will be no parking places if you arrive late on a Saturday. Therefore arrive earlier during the day.

Trails

As you can see on the Nesher Park map above, there are several hiking options. You can use the black trail to reach the hanging bridges and return using the same path. The black trail is a jeep road, and I even saw people using baby strollers. But keep in mind, it is not a paved path, and there are many small rocks.

Black trail at Nesher Park
Black trail at Nesher Park

The more challenging hike takes you down to the waterless river. And then, using the blue and green trails, you will reach the hanging bridges. And then you can return using the black path. This is the hike we chose on our latest visit, and I will tell you about it later in this post.

Here is an interactive map from israelhiking.osm.org.il:

And here are the details of the most popular trails:

#NameColor of the Trail on the Map aboveDescriptionDistance (km)Total climb and descent (meters)Notes
1The easy trailBlackUse the black path to reach the bridges, and return using the same way.1.7120The walk in each direction takes about 15 minutes.
2The challenging trailGreenFollow the green trail till the blue path and then return to the green trail till you reach the hanging bridges. Return using the black trail. 2.2192This trail took us a little less than 1.5 hours (at a moderate pace).

Opening Hours

Always open, but there is no artificial light. So visit only during daylight.

Entrance Fee

Free.

Contact Information

This park is managed by KKL. Here is their phone: 1-800-350-550.

Dogs

I did not see any signs that forbid dog entrance. And many people walk with their dogs on the black trail.

When to visit Nesher Park?

As I mentioned above in the parking section, Nesher Park is a popular place. Thus I would suggest arriving early. And if you are wondering about the season, then spring is the best time for hikes in nature.

The Green Trail

At the end of the lower parking lot you will see the black trail leading upwards and the green trail leading down.

The beginning of the green trail
The beginning of the green trail

At the beginning of the green trail, you will see picnic tables and a playground for children.

The green trail
The green trail

Uri’s Way

You are about to enter “Uri’s Way”, a nature trail dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant Uri Binamo. “Uri’s Way” begins at the Menorah, continues along a nature trail through the forest, and offers activities related to camouflage and observation till arriving at the Suspension Bridge. Lieutenant Uri Binamo fell on the 5th day of Hanukkah, December 29th, 2005. He was 21 years old. Uri was killed when he intercepted and prevented with his body two suicide bombers from entering Israel to commit an act of terrorism. Uri displayed courage, initiative and set a personal example by his actions. Lieutenant Uri Binamo was awarded a Medal of Honor for his bravery and dedication to his mission.

Source: sign on site.

Uri’s Way
Viewpoint at Nesher Park
Viewpoint
Green trail at Nesher Park
Green trail at Nesher Park

After about ten minutes, we switched to the blue trail since we wanted to see the prehistoric cave.

Blue trail at Nesher Park
Blue trail at Nesher Park

Here are several additional photos from that section of the trail.

Rock formations
Rock formations
Nesher Park
Nesher Park
Nesher Park

We visited in March, thus there still were many flowers.

Flowers at Nesher Park
Flowers at Nesher Park
Flowers

Prehistoric Cave

There were no signs near the prehistoric cave. Thus I do not know what was found there. But the cave is quite big and dusty.

Prehistoric Cave
Prehistoric Cave

Moreover, we saw rugs and chairs inside the cave. So this space is probably used by travelers.

Prehistoric Cave
Prehistoric Cave
Blue trail at Nesher Park
Blue trail at Nesher Park

The trail continues inside Karia stream, and then the green trail leads you using a steep incline to the southern viewpoint.

Blue trail at Nesher Park
Southern viewpoint at Nesher Park
Southern viewpoint
Uri's Way sign with suggested activity
Uri’s Way sign with suggested activity

Hanging Bridges

After about an hour we reached the first hanging bridge.

The two bridges that hang in Nesher Park over the deep channel of Nahal Katia provide an unconventional view of the slope below the University of Haifa, which is entirely covered by a well-developed natural forest.

Walking on slightly swinging bridges, which are about 70 meters long, is an experience. There is also a hiking trail where you can cross the creek on one bridge and return on the other bridge. You can reach the first bridge by walking on the comfortable dirt road that accompanies the creek’s north bank, a 10-minute walk. You can also cross the creek channel right and walk up the south bank to the bridge, in the heart of nature. This route offers grove vegetation and observation points on the stream and the green Carmel slope and lasts about half an hour.

Source: official site

Hanging Bridges at Nesher Park
Hanging Bridges at Nesher Park
View to the east
View to the east
The second Hanging bridge
The second Hanging bridge
The second Hanging bridge and Haifa university
The second Hanging bridge and Haifa university

The bridges can be a little slippery, so walk slowly. Also, keep in mind that each bridge can carry at most fifty people at any given time.

Hanging Bridges at Nesher Park

Then we headed to the higher hanging bridge.

Hanging Bridges at Nesher Park
Hanging Bridges at Nesher Park

And using the black trail we returned to the parking lot.

Black trail at Nesher Park
Black trail at Nesher Park

Summary

As you saw by this point, Nesher Park has more to offer than just the hanging bridges. And since it is close to Haifa, Nesher Park became a popular place. Therefore, arrive early, especially during holidays and weekends.

Have you ever been to the hanging bridges at Nesher park? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

That’s all for today, and I’ll 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.  

Lev Tsimbler

Lev from israel-in-photos.com. You can contact me at hi@israel-in-photos.com

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