Hayarkon Park 390.
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Park is Tel Aviv’s “green lung.” An oasis of lush nature,this hike is,
in places, along paved footpaths, while in others along walking trails.
It stretches from the coast at the mouth of the Yarkon River, inland
along its banks, all the way to the river source, near Petah Tikva. It
is therefore accessible for the whole family and can vary in length from
just a short walk to a whole day’s hiking.
To walk the whole
length of the Yarkon, park at the Tel Aviv Port and head north along the
seafront until you reach the mouth of the river. Here, turn right, and
enter the park which, at this point is a relatively narrow stretch of
greenery on either side of the river.
As you head inland, you
will soon pass the beautiful Daniel Amichai Center for Rowing and
Nautical Studies, an incredibly impressive building which was actually
designed as an upturned boat. You might take a short break here and
watch the rowers power through the calm waters of the Yarkon.
along the paved pathways, you will be passed by the many runners,
bikers and dog-walkers that use the park on a daily basis, seeing sports
pitches, activity classes, and the odd boat moored up on the banks of
Hayarkon Park is definitely an urban park at this
point. Yet, as the water glistens with the beautiful light that passes
through the tall reeds and shaded blanket of trees which overhang, you
might be forgiven for thinking you are far, far away from the city.
under the bridges of the main north-south arterial routes of the Dan
Region, Route 2 and then Route 20, the park widens significantly
providing a few options.
After passing the point where the
Ayalon River meets the Yarkon, and passing under Route 20 (Ayalon
Freeway), you could turn right and follow the path of the Ayalon River
before looping back, or alternatively, continue to follow the Yarkon
River, bearing left, and exploring some of the gardens within the park
which include the tropical garden, rock garden, cactus garden, and rose
garden. There is also a water park and bird park – perfect if you are
you are interested in continuing out of the "easy hiking territory"
continue to follow the course of the river and the paths will become
gravel, hiking trails. These trails continue alongside the river under
the major roads (Mivtsa Kadesh, Route 4, Route 5 and Route 40) all the
way to the source of the river, between Petah Tikva, and Rosh Ha'ayin.
Here the river falls into the territory of the Yarkon and Tel Afek
National Park, managed by the Israel Parks Authority, and an entry fee
is required to enter.
This is a walk that could be anything from
an hour’s stroll in the park with the kids, to a full day’s hike or
more. There are parking lots along the route so it is possible to start
at an alternative point or to park one car at the end point and continue
in another car to the start point so you do not have to return the same
way. Information and opening hours
hours and fees vary for attractions within Yarkon Park, although the
majority of the trail is free to enter. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
-The Yarkon and Tel Afek National Park (03) 934-8462)
is open 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. April to September, and 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.
October and March. NIS 27 for adults, NIS 14 for children, and 50
percent discount Israeli senior citizens.
- Overnight camping at the park costs NIS 50 per adult and NIS 40 per child (03-9348462).
get to Tel Aviv Port (Namal Tel Aviv) from Road 2 or the Ayalon
Freeway, take the junction with Sderot Rokah towards the sea. You’ll
pass over the river, and turn a sharp bend to the left, and the entrance
to the Port is on the right hand side, just after the road becomes
Hayarkon Street. Within the compound are large parking lots where you
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