An estimated 60,000 people visited Israel’s national parks and nature reserves over the weekend, taking advantage of the first sunny days after a week of wintry weather. Roads in the Upper Galilee and routes leading to the ski area on Mount Hermon, which opened to visitors and skiers, were particularly jammed. The ski slopes on Mount Hermon are expected to remain open for the rest of the week.
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Many of the weekend trippers were intent on seeing the new snow and rain-swelled rivers of the north. The most popular nature reserve was Banias, which reported 3,000 visitors. Around 1,000 people went to Gamla, which boasts one of Israel’s biggest waterfalls. The Hula and Snir Stream nature reserves were also popular destinations, drawing hundreds of sightseers.
Lake Kinneret, whose level rose by 67 centimeters during the six-day storm, was another much-visited site. So too was Naharayim, which offered views of rushing water spilling into the Jordan River.
The south had its share of visitors as well. Masada and Beit Guvrin National Park were two of the more popular sites.