The Jerusalem Forest is an oasis of green located near Yad Vashem. The forest was planted by the Jewish National Fund in the 1950s and includes pine, cypress, carob, almond, cedar, and acacia trees. Gazelles, rabbits, foxes and hedgehogs were once a common site in the forest, though today it is more common to see porcupines, hawks, turtles, lizards, and snakes.
There are several walking paths in the forest as well as a path that leads from Yad Vashem to the Givat Shaul neighborhood. Along the walking paths one can find orchids, daffodils, and other colorful flowers.
“Ben Gurion’s Cedar,” a tree planted by Ben Gurion himself in 1958, is located near Mitzpeh Kerem.
There are remnants of two agricultural farms from the Crusaders period called Harvat Ein Tut and Mitzpeh Kerem. In Mitzpeh Kerem there is a breathtaking lookout point with a view of Mount Tayasim, Hadassah Ein Kerem, Even Sapir, Har Gilo, Kiryat Yovel, and Moshav Ora.
For visitors’ convenience, there is a large parking lot, picnic tables, and sports equipment.