The Hula Nature Reserve contains the last vestige of wetlands preserved after the rest were drained in the 1950s to create arable land. Over the years it became apparent that in addition to affecting water quality in the Sea of Galilee, draining the wetlands had destroyed the habitat of millions of birds that came to the Hula Valley on their migrations between Europe and Africa.
Pelicans, wild geese, storks, cranes, plovers, and raptors once again have a sanctuary here, and the swampy waters abound with carp, catfish, and perch. There are rare thickets of papyrus, and you might see a water buffalo or two. A 1-km hiking trail offers great views of the entire reserve. The visitor center has informative displays of the history of the valley and the 800-acre reserve. There's an observation tower, snack bar, and pleasant picnic area. Parts of the public areas are wheelchair accessible.
East of Rte. 90, Tzfat, Israel