Hod HaSharon Park – Park by Ecological Lake – Visitors Guide

Hod HaSharon Park

Hod HaSharon Park offers a lovely hike along the ecological lake, a climb on the top of the former waste dump, and a place for a picnic.

Note: This park is also called Hod HaSharon Ecological Park and Hod HaSharon Lake Park.

Basic Info

Opening HoursAlways open. There are no fences and no gates, and there is also artificial light.
LocationEnd of HaHarash Street
ParkingFree Parking
Rating on Google4.6 based on 7,700 reviews
Visit Duration1 – 3 hours
Walking TrailWalking trails: 2 and 6.5 km. Running track: 1.2 km
BarbequeStarting a fire and having a BBQ at Hod HaSharon Park is forbidden.
RestaurantsLali Coffe Shop (mostly pizzas)
RestroomsThere are toilets by the coffee shop
Playground for kidsNone. But there are several fitness complexes.

Map

The park is located in the south of the city. It is behind the industrial sector, not far from road #5. You can reach it by driving along HaHarash Street till the end. Or you can enter “Hod HaSharon Park” into Waze.

Directions for drivers: Link to Waze and Link to Google Maps
Directions for public transport: Link to Moovit

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Interactive map of the area:

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Map of the park and its surroundings:

Map of Hod HaSharon Ecological Park
Map of Hod HaSharon Ecological Park

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

Here is the map of the park:

Map of Hod HaSharon Park
Map of Hod HaSharon Park

And here is how the park looks from “Garbage Mountain.”

View of Hod HaSharon Lake Park from the top of the "Garbage Mountain"
View of Hod HaSharon Lake Park from the top of the “Garbage Mountain”

Parking

There is free parking near the park. As you can see in the photo and the map above, there are two parking areas. One is near HaHarash Street, and the other is by Derech HaYam. These parking lots are connected by a dirt area where people also park.

Walking Routes

On the following map, you can see two walking paths. The length of the short blue trail is 2 km. And the size of the red path is 6.5 km.

If you are running around the lake, the route length is about 720 meters.

Hod Hasharon Park Walking Routes
Hod Hasharon Park Walking Routes

Note: In February 2023, a new loop running track was opened. Its length is 1.2 km. You can see it in the photo below.

Opening Hours

Always open. There are no fences and no gates. Therefore you can visit at any time. There is also artificial light.

Entrance Fee

Free.

Contact Information

Phone: 053-775-2565
Email: chaimon@calcalit-hod.com
Facebook Page: link

About

Hod Hasharon Park is an urban nature park created for people to enjoy while maintaining a rich flora and fauna world, once typical of the Yarkon River and the Sharon region landscapes. The park is home to a delicate ecosystem based on treated wastewater. You will find a large ecological lake and a flowing tributary of the Hadar Stream, a birdwatching blind, pedestrian paths, and cycling trails.

When development is complete, the park will cover 1,400 dunams (140 hectares). Among the plans for the park are fitness and playground equipment and a picnic area.

Source: sign

Sign
Sign

Since I showed the photo of the sign, there are several things I should mention. First of all, it is forbidden to start a fire and make BBQ at Hod HaSharon Park. Secondly, swimming and fishing are not allowed. And thirdly I should mention the facilities.

The park and the garbage mountain
The park and the garbage mountain

Dogs

Entrance with dogs to the park is allowed, but dogs should be on a leash. And many people visit the park with their dogs, especially on weekends and holidays.

A bridge in the park
A bridge in the park

Hod HaSharon Lake Park Coffee Shop

You can find Lali cafe near the main entrance (#1 on the map).

Hod Hasharon Park Cafe
Hod Hasharon Park Coffee Shop

This cafe specializes in pizza, and here is their menu:

Park Cafe Menu
Park Cafe Menu

This place appears in Best Food Trucks in the Sharon Area. And if you are interested in other similar sites, see that list.

Facilities at the Park

Besides the cafe, there are benches and restrooms. Also, keep in mind that the park is constantly upgraded.

Restrooms at Hod HaSharon Park
Restrooms

In 2021, a new fitness complex was installed.

And in 2022, two sand volleyball courts were added.

Sand volleyball courts
Sand volleyball courts

But there are still no playgrounds for kids.

Picnic

Several picnic tables were installed. But most people do picnics on the grass. However, since most trees are young, the park has little shade.

Picnic tables at Hod HaSharon Lake Park
Picnic tables at Hod HaSharon Lake Park

Note: During Saturdays and holidays, many people arrive at the park. Thus, if you plan on having a picnic, I suggest coming before 10:00 to get a good spot.

Hod HaSharon Ecological Park and Southern industrial area
Hod HaSharon Ecological Park and Southern industrial area

Garbage Mountain

The trail to climb to the garbage mountain begins in the west. It means you must go along the asphalt road to the back of the hill. And there you will see the following building.

Abu Kishk
Abu Kishk

The British built a school (1929 – 1944) for the children of Bedouins living in this area. This building was not restored yet.

After a short climb (you can do it with a baby stroller), you will get to the top of the garbage mountain.

Panorama of Hod HaSharon Park
Panorama of Hod HaSharon Park

From the top, you get views of all the surrounding areas. But since the park is the closest, it is in the most impressive direction.

Panorama of Hod HaSharon Ecological Park
Panorama of Hod HaSharon Ecological Park

Birds at Hod HaSharon Park

There are birdwatching blinds and a tiny island for birds. Thus, it should be the perfect place in theory. But this is a municipal park, and there are lots of people. If you can, I suggest arriving at sunrise (during those hours, the birds are active, and there will be few people).

Note: Over the years, more birds started arriving in this park. And during each visit, I see at least several bird photographers on the bridges.

Hod HaSharon Lake Park
Hod HaSharon Lake Park

Here are two signs telling about the animals:

However, here are several of my photos from my evening walks.

Additional Birdwatching Places

If you love birds, check out the following places:

Additionally, see Zoos and Aquariums in Israel‎ – Full Review (Overview of 30+ places)

Other Animals

And here are several additional photos from the park.

Photo of the ecological lake and the garbage mountain that will be restored in the future.

The park and the garbage mountain
The park and the garbage mountain

Hod HaSharon Lake Park at Night

The park is illuminated at night. The wooden bridges have small lamps attached to the floor. Here are several photos:

The walking paths are illuminated as well. Thus, you can use them after dark as well. But if you plan to visit at night, I suggest taking a bug repellant.

Anemone Hill

On the map above, you can see Anemone Hill by garbage mountain. As you probably know, the best time to see anemones is from the end of January till April. We visited Anemone Hill at the end of January 2022, and there were very few flowers.

A big part of the hill was converted into an agricultural field.

And if you love flowers, I will mention that you can find daffodils inside the park by the lake (and in season).

Daffodils
Daffodils

Municipal Parks in the Sharon Area

Here are several municipal parks from the Sharon area:

Also, you can find Big Petah Tikva Park, which is a little to the south.

Common Questions

Is there a cafe in Hod HaSharon Park?

You can find Lali Cafe, which specializes in pizzas. It is located near the main entrance.

Are there birds in the park?

There are plenty of birds at the park. You can see the photos above.

Can we prepare a BBQ in the park?

Starting a fire and making BBQ at Hod HaSharon Park is forbidden.

Can we have a picnic in the park?

Yes, you can have a picnic. But since there are few tables, most people do picnics on the grass. However, since most trees are young, there is little shade in the park.

Is there free parking by the park?

There are several free parking areas nearby, and you can see them on the map above.

Can you hike and cycle in the park?

There are two walking routes, and the path around the lake also has a bicycle road.

Is the park accessible?

Yes, there are paved paths in the park.

Do you need to reserve places to enter the park?

The entrance is free, and it is always open. You can visit at any time.

Can we visit the park with a dog?

You can visit the park with dogs, but dogs should be on a leash.

Are there restrooms in the park?

There are toilets near the main entrance.

Summary

Hod HaSharon Park is not finished, but it is already a beautiful place to visit. A short walk around the lake usually takes 10 – 30 minutes (you can always make it longer using one of the mentioned paths), and climbing to the former waste dump ordinarily takes 15 – 40 minutes. Most of my visits were family visits with small children. And we explored the lake area for about 1 – 2 hours.

Have you ever been to this 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

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