Hasselbach Scenic Lookout

Location: Lahav Forest, southern Shfela.

Description: The Hasselbach Scenic Lookout is located in the heart of the Lahav Forest, at the high point of an elevation overlooking the forest's southern slopes that descend toward Route 6. The lookout provides a view of the southern coastal plain extending to Ofakim, Beersheba, and onward to the Gaza Strip.

Directions: Enter Lahav Forest from the direction of Kibbutz Dvira (Route 325) and pass by the Joe Alon Center. Roughly 300 meters past the turning to Rimon Ruins, turn south (leftward) onto a gravel road.
Drive another 200 meters or so and take the turn west (rightward). Pass by the Doron parking lot and continue to Kochav (Star) Junction (so called because it has six exits). Turn south (leftward). After roughly 400 meters, you reach the lookout. (If using Waze, go to the Joe Alon Center and follow the above directions from there.)

Photograph: Paula Cohen, KKL-JNF