Hurshat Tal

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Hurshat Tal (Hebrew: חורשת טל‎, lit. "Dew Grove") is a national park and nature reserve in the North District of Israel.[1][2] In 1968, 765 dunams were declared national park lands (visitor facilities occupying approximately 250 dunams[3]) and 107 dunams were declared a nature reserve.[4]

National Park[edit]

Hurshat Tal

Hurshat Tal is located on Highway 99, east of Kiryat Shmona, in the northern part of the Hula Valley. The recreation and camping grounds offer bungalos and cabins. A flowing streams branching from the Dan River, crosses the site, and a swimming pool with water slides is fed by these waters. A fishing park is also open to visitors.[3]

The Hebrew name of the site is taken from Psalms 133:3 referring to the "dew of Hermon".

Nature Reserve[edit]

The reserve was declared mainly to protect the 240 old Valonia oak trees (Quercus macrolepis).[3] These trees survived for many years as part of a local Arab holy site. Some of the trees are 350-400 years old. Local folklore tells that 10 of Muhammad's cohorts stopped nearby to rest, but could not find trees to which to tie their horses. They stuck their sticks into the ground, which became the roots of the trees in the area. The story is reflected in the Arabic name for the site, Sejrat el-Asara ("Grove of the Ten").[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.israel-travel-tips.com/en/142/cities/The%20Galilee/Hurshat%20Tal
  2. ^ http://my-country-israel.com/en/North_Kineret/Park-Hurshat_Tal_National_Park.aspx
  3. ^ a b c "Hurshat Tal National Park" (in Hebrew). Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  4. ^ "List of National Parks and Nature Reserves" (in Hebrew). Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  5. ^ "Hurshat Tal Nature Reserve" (in Hebrew). iNature.info. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 

Coordinates: 33°13′13.74″N 35°37′45.65″E / 33.2204833°N 35.6293472°E / 33.2204833; 35.6293472