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Where is camping permitted / prohibited

 
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michael_lindsey



Joined: 02 Jun 2013
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Location: Jerusalem, Israel

PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:22 pm    Post subject: Where is camping permitted / prohibited  Reply with quote

I would like to know what exactly are the camping restrictions along the Trail. At the moment I am mostly interested in locations in the Jerusalem District, but would like to get a feel for other regions as well.

I know that camping is limited to specific sites in the nature reserves, and that there are designated campgrounds in other places. I'm not asking about either of those. Instead, I'm curious about the numerous JNF/SPNI picnic areas and random clearings that I'm finding along the INT which have evidence of campfires. Is camping prohibited in these places? Or is it more like the way Israelis set up a mangal on Yom HaAtzmaut? ;-)

Besides official restrictions, I'm concerned about safety. How unwise would it be to set up camp in one of these picnic areas?

Thanks,
Michael
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yankale
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Joined: 27 Oct 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

North of Arad camping is allowed outside nature preserves. Most of the places where you see evidence of campfires are not designated camp sites. In the Judean mountains there is only one official camp site and it is located approx. 1 km west of the Bnei Brith cave. You can stay with trail angels.


South of Arad there are designated camp areas, but they are not a concern for you at this time.

I am not aware of safety issues related to camping out north of Arad. Numerous hikers camp out and no one is concerned about safety. If you are still not convinced stay with trail angels, they will be delighted to host you. Enjoy the hike. :D
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michael_lindsey



Joined: 02 Jun 2013
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Location: Jerusalem, Israel

PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:24 am    Post subject: family hiking and camping Reply with quote

Thank you, Yankale, for that advice and reassurance.

What I've been doing mostly are day hikes, and I don't think it's appropriate to ask help from the trail angels for that. Maybe I'm wrong. It's a wonderful system, and I'm grateful for them.

But in addition to that, I wanted to introduce my family to camping, and if we find the right place on the trail I can introduce them to that too. So the trail angels are really not an option there.

Thanks again!

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