Overnight Camping Sites

The following are a number of suggestions for visits to KKL-JNF recreation areas throughout Israel where you can save money by using the overnight camping facilities.

Please note:
Groups wishing to spend the night must coordinate their visit ahead of time. To book an overnight stay and for further information please call the Forest Hotline 10 days in advance of the date you want to book for. The number is 1-800-350-550.


General information:


Keeping the site clean:
Please bring large garbage bags with you from home, place all your rubbish in them, and close and seal them tightly. When your stay at the site is over, we recommend that you take your rubbish home with you; if you leave it at the site, wild animals may come along and scatter it all over the countryside. If you can’t take your rubbish home, please leave it only in the areas designated for the purpose. If there’s no room in the garbage cans at the recreation site, please tie the bags tightly and place them beside the can. Do not hang them on the trees!

If you are spending the night at a recreation area please note that there is no lighting in the forest, nor are there any guards or other security arrangements. Not all recreation areas are equipped with toilets and running water.

Lighting fires: As forest fires are an ever present danger, please light fires only in the designated areas. Some recreation sites have special areas that are equipped with barbeques.

Sites in Northern Israel

Goren Park
Recreation areas in the vicinity of the Monfort Scenic Lookout are Ha-alon, Klil Hahoresh, Katlav and Ha-oren.
The recreation area next to the entrance of the park is the Ela Recreation Area.

The sites are shaded, and there is a faucet with potable water in each of them. There is no electricity in the park, and the restrooms are open from 09:00 to 17:00 all week.
Groups that come to stay overnight in the camping sites and number more than fifty people are required to order chemical lavatories.

Overnight camping must be arranged in advance with the KKL-JNF office in Kabri, which is in charge of the Western Galilee: Telephone: 04-9950118  |  Fax: 04-9950122

Ofer Forest
A camping site for youth movements.
There is a water fountain here but no restrooms.

Overnight camping must be arranged in advance with the KKL-JNF office in Kabri, which is in charge of the Western Galilee: Telephone: 04-9950118  |  Fax: 04-9950122

Keren Hacarmel Forest
The Sha-ar Hacarmel Recreation Area.

The restrooms at the site are open every day from 09:00 to 17:00.

Overnight camping must be arranged in advance with the KKL-JNF office in Kabri, which is in charge of the Western Galilee: Telephone: 04-9950118  |  Fax: 04-9950122
 

Sites in Central Israel

Ben Shemen Forest: This is the Dan region’s green belt, and it is full of footpaths, cycle trails, attractive picnic sites, playground equipment, environmental sculptures, restful spots to sit in, burial caves dating back to the time of the Maccabees and routes for all-terrain vehicles. All this makes it a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Entrance is from Route 443: take the turnoff towards Mitzpeh Modiin.

Overnight camping must be arranged in advance with the KKL-JNF office in Beit Nehamiya, which is in charge of the Shfela and coastal region: 03-9728518, 03-9728507.

Begin Park and the Bar Giora recreation area: Lofty hills crowned with pine trees and Mediterranean woodland tower above the meandering gullies that carve their way through the untamed landscape. Near the entrance to the forest, adjacent to Moshav Bar Giora (on Route 386, beside kilometer marker 15), you will find a recreation area equipped with picnic tables, barbeque facilities and faucets.

Overnight camping must be arranged in advance with the KKL-JNF office in Eshtaol, which is in charge of the Jerusalem region: 02-9969213.

Sites in Southern Israel

HaRo‘ah (“The Shepherdess”) recreation area: Established by KKL-JNF in 1957, this spot offers both a departure point for excursions and a place to picnic between visits to the numerous local attractions. The recreation area, which is situated in a shady tamarisk grove just off the main highway (Route 40) opposite the entrance to Sde Boker, is equipped with picnic tables and running water. It is named after the shepherdess (HaRo‘ah) Barbara Proper, one of the first settlers at Sde Boker, who was murdered by Bedouin near the grove in 1952.

Overnight camping must be arranged in advance with the KKL-JNF office in Beersheva, which is in charge of the Negev and the Arava: 08-6232343


The Angels’ Forest (Ya‘ar HaMalachim) – Shahariya: Turn eastwards from Plugot Junction and head towards Beit Guvrin Junction. Just after you pass Moshav Sde Moshe, turn left towards Ya‘ar HaMalachim. The site is equipped with both standard and biological toilets, and there are faucets.

Overnight camping must be arranged in advance with the KKL-JNF office in Beersheva, which is in charge of the Negev and the Arava: 08-6232343


Beerotayim recreation area: From Nitzana turn in the direction of Azuz Beerotayim. The site is equipped with faucets and standard toilets.

Overnight camping must be arranged in advance with the KKL-JNF office in Beersheva, which is in charge of the Negev and the Arava: 08-6232343


Sapir Park: The lake is surrounded by lawns, reeds, date palms, the baobab trees that the Little Prince loved so much and seating areas enveloped in bougainvillea. Ducks swim on the lake. Facilities include picnic tables and biological toilets, all free of charge. The park is situated on the Arava Highway (Route 90) between Moshav Ein Yahav and Moshav Tzofar.

Overnight camping must be arranged in advance with the KKL-JNF office in Beersheva, which is in charge of the Negev and the Arava: 08-6232343