About 50,000 people have visited Israel's nature reserves and national parks on Tuesday and Wednesday alone, the National Parks Authority announced Wednesday, in honor of the intermediate days of the Sukkot holiday.
The most popular parks and reserves have included Ein Gedi, Masada National Parks, Nahal Prat, Caesarea, Tzipori, Beit Eshkol, the Nahal Snir, Banias, and the Tel Dan/Tel Forest National Park.
Overcrowding has become enough of an issue that some parks have opened and closed intermittently, to allow for visitors currently on park premises to leave – a situation which has happened before during Jewish and national holidays.
To accommodate the influx, the NPA has arranged Sukkot booths at every nature preserve and parking lot with paid entry for the benefit of guests – and, presumably, to reduce waste along trails.
For the remainder of the holiday, all nature sites will be open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.