Historical hikes in the Judean Plains

Visitors to JNF’s France Adullam Park can follow easy hiking trails to amazing archeological sites dating back well over 2,000 years.

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June 13, 2013 11:13
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hiking green landscape521. (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)

 
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