Israel’s 620-mile national trail now available on Google Street View

The Carmel forest along the Israel National Trail, with the trail's marker on the rock. Credit: Dov Greenblat.

( The Israel National Trail is now the longest trail—620 miles—available for anyone in the world to see on Google’s Street View feature.

It took about 250 volunteers from the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and Google Israel three months to capture images, using 360-degree cameras, of the trail's route from Kibbutz Dan, one of Israel’s northernmost points, to the southern tip of Eilat’s Gulf of Aqaba.

“After intensive work, we are happy that the Israel National Trail now joins world-renowned heritage and natural sites such as the Loch Ness, Petra, and Machu Picchu on Google Maps. We hope many more people in Israel and around the world will be exposed to the beauty of the Israel National Trail and the unique story of the country,” Google Israel CEO Meir Brand said.

National Geographic has named the Israel National Trail one of the 20 most beautiful hikes in the world.

Posted on January 26, 2016 .