Tourism Notifications - Southern Israel

Be'erotaim Grove

The Be'erotaim car park will be open to visitors during daytime. Overnight camping in the park is forbidden. There are no restrooms or running water in the park.

Giva'ati Recreation Area – Closure Due to Safety Hazards

The Giva'ati Recreation Area in the Komemiyut Forest (road 35), near the Yoav citadel, is closed for visitors due to safety hazards. The recreation area will remain locked until the safety hazard are removed.

Nahal Hayun Recreation Area Closure

The Nahal Hayun recreation area is closed until further notice due to flood damage.

Dudaim Forest – Overnight Camping is Forbidden

Overnight camping at the Helmoniyot Car Park – at the east Lehavim area – is forbidden. Navigation from the Helmoniyot Car Park to the Goral Hills is also forbidden.

Dudaim Forest – Navigation at the Goral Hills

Navigation at the Goral hills is allowed from the black surface only. Overnight camping is also allowed at the black surface only. Overnight camping at the nearby grove is forbidden.
(Updated March 7th, 2022)

Lahav Forest

1. Due to hazards caused by bikers, vehicle roads within the forest are blocked until further notice.
2. The entrance to Ein Rimon from the roundabout on Road 6 is closed.
3. There are no water at the Jiewish Soldiers and Carobs recreations areas.

Plugot Forest

On February 24, a national navigation event will take place in the forest. While the forest will not be closed, travelers should be aware that it will be extremely crowded.

KKL-JNF Nursery in Gilat is closed to the Public

The nursery is closed to the public until further notice, due to revision in visitors' policy.

Nahal Shikma – Avoid Using the Matzaim Path along the River

Until further notice, driving and walking the Matzaim path from the Kibbutz Dvir area, which leads westwards toward road 40, are forbidden due to rain damages. While the path is not blocked, hazards are clearly marked.

Sayeret Shaked Park

Due to roadworks in the park, travelers are advised to practice caution.

Sapir Park

Spir park is open for visitors, and overnight camping is allowed. Call council member Shimon at 052-6170271 for overnight camping registration.

Ofakim Park

Restrooms in the park are closed until further notice.

Haro'eh Recreation Area

Due to a safety hazard, arrival at the area is allowed only during daytime hours. Overnight activity and stay are forbidden.

Golda Park - Closure of the Restrooms

The restrooms at the park are closed til further notice.

Horbat Tzelit - Warning

Horbat Tzelit (Hirbet a-Tzelenta), located at the Meitar forest next to the 4X4 path marked in blue. The Horbat Tzelit site is extremely dangerous, and visiting it is forbidden!

Dvira Forest - Teva Recreation Area

No water available in the area until further notice.

Erez Forest - Ivim Recreation Area

Due to security works in the area, the site is closed until further notice.

Hasa Forest - Hill 69 Recreation Area

The Hill 69 recreation area will be closed until further notice, due to works.

Closure of the Kisufim Watchtower

The tower will be closed due to development works.

Eshet and Nikrot Reservoirs

Due to water overflow, both reservoirs are closed to visitors.

Hodaya Winter Pool

Due to safety hazards, the Hodaya Winter Pool site (accessible trail + balcony that overlooks the pool) is closed until further notice.

Yeruham Park

Due to the absence of shelters in the site and military activity in the area, the gates to the park are closed, and travelers are advised to avoid visiting.

Western Negev

All sites at the western Negev area are closed, other than the Nir Moshe forest, the Sharsheret-Nahal Grar Park and the Ofakim park. Cycling singles at the Nir Moshe forest and the Sharsheret-Nahal Grar Park are also open.

Govrin Forest

Due to preservation works, the Galon Fortress site will be closed to visitors until further notice.

Northern Negev Area

Ruhama forest - open to the public.

Plugot forest, including the Plugot Single - open to the public.

Gvaram forest, including the Gvaram single - travelers are advised to aovid visiting the site.

Yad Mordechai Forest - closed to the public.

Singles - Givat Gamal, Neboya Meri'i, and Assaf Siboni are all closed to the pubic.

In general, pratcie caution while traveling in southern Israel.