Be’eri Forest and Badlands
The Be’eri forest also called the Be’eri crater forest, offers many beautiful trails for cycling, running, or hiking. These easy trails pass through beautiful scenery with wild flowers, farming areas, and the first agave grove planted in the Negev desert.
We started our hike at the entrance to the Be’eri Kibbutz. This is a great place to start your trail with a map displaying the various trails the forest has to offer. You can choose between blue, red or green trails, which will all intertwine through the Be’eri forests depending on the length you would like to travel.
We started on the red trail, walking through a beautiful field of bright yellow wild flowers. As you walk along the trail, you will pass farming areas belonging to the nearby kibbutz with many cows. As you walk along, you will see many beautiful views of the badlands.
After about a km or two, you will reach the Be’eri forest, where you will see the large agave grove. From here the scenery will change a bit from farmland to forest. Here you will begin to see the red flowers covering the ground in the winter season.
As you continue on one of the various trails, you will reach a few historical sites including bunkers where the kibbutzim members hid out when the Egyptian army attacked them, and an old safety house covered with bullet holes.
Here you can continue down the paved road, passing a camp site and various memorials. This road will lead you to Kibbutz Be’eri, where you can walk back to your car or take public transportation from the kibbutz.
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