The Yoav fortress.
(photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)
Fifteen years ago, Israel’s Fund for the Rehabilitation of Quarries began work
on a long-abandoned site inside the Jewish National Fund’s Komemiyut Forest.
Although the quarry was beautifully rehabilitated, the Fund had neglected to
coordinate its project with JNF strategists. As a result, for years this
fascinating attraction just sat there – in the middle of the forest – unnoticed
by the Israeli public.Fortunately, when the JNF’s Talila Livshutz began
preparing a trail through the forest, she included the quarry in the new route.
Completed in 2009, the trail is an absolute delight: an easy, circular walk
along a marked path and perfect for all ages. Besides the quarry, it encompasses
a vast variety of foliage, several wells and an orchard.