Mishmar HaCarmel Campground

March 22nd 2011

Mishmar HaCarmel Campground

Naturally, most Israel travelers spend their nights in hotels in major cities or kibbutz guest houses. If you’re looking to switch things up and spend a night or two in nature, the Mishmar HaCarmel Overnight Campground is well worth considering. The campsite, surrounded by dense green forests, is located on Mishmar HaCarmel Farm atop a hill in the heart of the Carmel Mountains.

Many guests frequent the easily navigated looped trail on the grounds that can be covered in approximately 20 minutes. The trail is well-marked and includes a number of lookouts which offer impressive views of the Mediterranean Sea. Those out on the trail in the early evening can enjoy a majestic sunset over the Oren Stream.  The hike is considered appropriate for walkers of all abilities and the campground itself is wheelchair accessible.

The site itself offers archeological remains of previous settlers in the area, including a caravansary that once functioned as an ancient roadside motel. The caravansary was extensively renovated and serves as a great venue for intimate family events like Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and small weddings. A large outdoor area with seating can be used for a variety of outdoor group activities.

The campground is well-appointed and includes areas in which to barbecue safely, picnic tables, bathrooms, showers, electricity, a snack bar and vehicle access. Open year round, the campground is available for groups by reservation only. The kitchen has a refrigerator and stoves for use by overnight guests, and includes classrooms and three dorm style rooms that can sleep up to 8 people in each room. These rooms are generally used by adult staff when the campground is booked by a youth group. The campground can accommodate groups of up to 500, with indoor space for 40.

This northern gem of Israel is a great starting point from which to explore the riches of the Mount Carmel region, such as the riding stables in Beit Oren or the Mount Carmel National Park.