The origins of Israel’s Horshat Tal National Park are almost as fascinating as those of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA), which is responsible for Horshat Tal and many other beautiful and historic sites throughout the Holy Land.
Travel writers Aviva and Shmuel Bar-Am have compiled a list of six of the best INPA sites, starting with Horshat Tal National Park.
The park’s setting east of Kiryat Shmona, between the Galilean mountains and the Golan Heights, is truly breathtaking and provides a view of the Mount Hermon range. Within the park are 3 1/2 kilometers (2 miles) of sweet flowing water from the Dan River and splendidly well-kept and shaded lawns. Grounds have been leveled so that the entire park is accessible by wheelchair, stroller, and walker.
Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?
Yet back in 1959, a fierce battle raged between those forces who wanted to develop the area and others who insisted to preserve it in its natural state. In the end, Horshat Tal’s fate was decided by Joseph Weitz, at the time director of Land and Forestry for the Jewish National Fund. Drawing a line in the ground with his cane, he decreed that everything to its north would become a national park; the area south of the line, a nature reserve.