Israel National Trail
Inaugurated in 1995, the Israel National Trail (INT) is a 620 mile (1,009 km) trail that crosses the entire country from North to South. The trail was blazed through a variety of natural and human landscapes, exposing hikers to Israel's many eco-systems and habitats.
In 2012, National Geographic named the INT one of the "holy grails of hikes." Its place among the top 20 epic hikes in the world has earned the INT great notoriety in the international community.
"Passing through vast empty deserts and winding into kibbutzim, the Israel National Trail (INT) delves into the grand scale of biblical landscapes as well as the every day lives of modern Israelis (with opportunities to stop in the cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem). But beyond the immense sense of history and breaking news, the trail powerfully connects to something that often gets lost in all the headlines -- the sublime beauty of the wilderness of the Middle East. The southern end of the trail crosses the harsh and lovely Negev, still populated by wandering Bedouins and long-horned Nubian ibex and filled with wildflowers in the spring. There's not much water to drink along the way, though the trail crosses plenty of wet spots. It dips into the 600-foot-below-sea-level waves of the Sea of Galilee, flanks the baptismal River Jordan, and runs along Mediterranean beaches north of Tel Aviv. The southern terminus ends in the resort town of Eilat on the Red Sea.
Life on the trail is safe and far from current hostilities. In fact, the joy of the trail is meeting the Israelis hiking it and spending some time in small kibbutzim where the local people will take hikers into their homes. On the trail, there is peace and friendship" -National Geographic
Looking for a map in English? Help SPNI publish English maps. Donate to SPNI today and let us know in the donation form. (There are no existing maps of the INT in English.)
Guided hikes & tours are not currently available in English, however please write to us at email@example.com to let us know you are interested.
The Israel Trail Committee (ITC)
SPNI's Israel Trail Committee (ITC) plans trail routes, marks the trails, and maintains trail signage for about 9,000 miles (15,000 kilometers) of trails, taking responsibility for the entire length of the Israel trail. We publish the most detailed hiking and touring maps of the country, and the unique topographical maps are of such fine resolution (1:50,000 scale) that they are an essential item carried by every hiker and off-road jeep driver!
The biggest blessing here comes in the form of "trail angels" along the Israel National Trail who give a helping hand and often offer a place to stay free of charge to passing hikers.
Hike the Israel Trail – or a section of the trail on your next trip to Israel
Whether you're hiking on your own or in a group, SPNI has the resources below to help you get started!
Hiking the Israel Trail has become a popular phenomenon among Bar Mitzvah kids, newlyweds hike it for their honeymoon or anniversary, and before the army many young Israelis hike the Israel Trail. Many young Israelis hike the Israel trail after completing major milestones in their lives.
Every person who hikes the Israel Trail stops in at SPNI's map shop for the detailed hiking maps and consults with ITC staff for any questions or problems they encounter. Every two weeks, the ITC gives a briefing on hiking the Israel Trail (SPNI maps are available at a discount at these briefings) – to sign up for the lecture or for information on hiking the trail, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03-638-8719. Some helpful tips and Trail Angel contact information are located on the left navigation bar. See you on the trail!