New bike trails at Ramat Hanadiv’s Nature Park
Ramat Hanadiv has set up two bike trails. The new trails offer cyclists in the Nature Park a unique cycling experience, as they pass through a range of sites around the park. Cyclists will enjoy a trail that combines nature values, archeological sites and observation points that offer a view of the park’s landscape.
Planning of the bike trails gave consideration to both the needs of cyclists and awareness of conservation of the local wild animals and Mediterranean vegetation that create the park’s unique character. For this purpose, the trail planners met with cyclists from the region in order to learn about their needs and hear their suggestions, which were assimilated into the development of the trails that were set up.
One trail is designed for experienced cyclists and the second for easy, outdoor cycling, suitable for families:
The woodland trail (marked in light blue) – offers easy riding along a 7.5 km route on dirt tracks. The trail is suitable for both families and less-experienced cyclists. Along the length of the trail, cyclists will pass many points of interest including: the vulture cage, a view of Nadiv River under the pergola, Horvat ‘Aqav – a farm house from the Byzantine Period and a view of the coastal plain. The trail ends at the picnic area.
The cliff trail (marked in orange) – offers a more challenging, 10-km route that combines 4WD tracks and single track sections and is suitable for more experienced cyclists. Along the length of the trail, cyclists will pass by the vulture cage, a view of Nadiv River under the pergola, Horvat Aqav and a view of the coastal plain, the tumulus field – round stone burial structures, the canary pine grove – a view of Gazelle Valley, Ein Zur Spring, the fortification – Horvat ‘Eleq, Beit Khouri and the picnic grove.
Some of the sections are common to both trails and are marked in both colors.
Cyclists who are interested in a longer trail are welcome to continue south in the direction of the Binyamina quarry and to join the Ehud trails at Mt. Horeshan, the Taninim River trail, the commuting trail to Binyamina and other cycling trails.
Bikes, Nature, and In-between
In order to preserve the values of the Nature Park, we ask cyclists to ride only on the marked bike paths and to strictly observe the following rules:
- The park is open to the public during daylight hours only.
- Avoid scaring the wild animals.
- Biking is allowed on all the dirt (4X4) roads, and on the marked bike paths. Bikes are not permitted on the hiking paths.
- Respect nature! In order to minimize the danger to wildlife, the landscape, and cultural heritage, do not veer off the marked bike paths. Off-road biking can cause direct damage to flora and fauna, soil, archaeological sites, etc.
- Detouring around obstacles is forbidden. Get off your bike and bypass any obstacles safely ‒ on foot.
- You alone are responsible for your visit to the Nature Park. Please take strict personal safety measures and use the bike path best suited to your abilities and weather conditions.
- Avoid sudden stops on your bike. Locking your wheels when braking damages the path.
- Bikers are not allowed to cut corners or curves on the path.
- To minimize its impact on the path and on the animals nearby, biking is allowed only in small groups [not more than X??? bicycles?].
- At sensitive times of the year ‒ during the gazelles' birthing season, for instance, or the nesting season of ground birds, or the flowering of endangered species ‒ it is likely that certain sections of the bike paths will be closed to riders. Explanatory signs will be posted at these spots.
- Bikers are responsible for wearing appropriate safety equipment.
- All riders must choose the bike path best suited to their own skills.
- It is forbidden to create dirt jumps or place any kind of jump device on the paths, or to otherwise change or modify the existing routes.
- Any biker who encounters a safety hazard while riding is requested to report it as soon as possible to the InfoShop, tel. 04-629-8111, ext. 4.
To take a longer ride, bikers can link up with other bike paths in the area. We invite you to take advantage of Ramat Hanadiv's comfortable facilities and beautiful gardens at the start and/or end of your ride.
Map of bike paths in Ramat Hanadiv
Thank you for your cooperation. We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have, and wish you pleasant riding!