Category Archives: Golan Heights

Ancient and Modern Hammat Gader – Ancient Roman Bathhouse and hot springs

Ancient Hammat Gader

Ancient Hammat Gader was a bathhouse located on natural thermal mineral hot springs. Five springs fed the ancient bathhouse, which was the second most luxurious bathhouse in the 4th century Roman Empire.

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En Amir Spring in the Golan Heights – Ein Wassatt Spring near Amir Intersection

There are two small pools at the Amir Wassatt intersection. One is covered partially by a bridge, while the other is exposed. They can be found to the north and west of the ruins of the Emir’s old house. Both pools are covered with green floating plants, which make entry into the pools unappealing.

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Deir Qureh village at Gamla – Ancient Chrisian village at Gamla national park in the Golan

Deir Qureh is the runis of an old Christian village from the 4th-5th centuries CE. In the 6th century, a church and monastery were added. The village was abandoned  in the 7th century. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the village was populated again, and a Syrian village was built here in the 20th century.

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Ein Mokesh Spring in the Golan Heights – Landmine spring in the Golan

Ein Mokesh is a spring in the Golan Heights. Located near Kibbutz Ein Zivan, the spring was a popular place to visit even when it was surrounded by a minefield. It has since been cleaned up, so that guests won’t step in the minefield by mistake. However, it has maintained its name “Ein Mokesh”, or “Landmine Spring”, to remind us of the way it used to be.

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Ancient city of Gamla – Gamla National Park in the Golan

The ancient city of Gamla is located in the Golan, in the Gamla national park. Gamla was a Jewish city from the 2nd century BCE, and the first city to fight against the Romans in the Jewish Revolt against Rome (66-73 CE). Sometimes referred to as the Masada of the north, the city was conquered and destroyed in 67 CE.

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Ein Ampi spring in the Golan Heights – En Eucalyptus Spring in the Golan

Ein Ampi, also known as Ein Eucalyptus, is a lovely spring in the Golan Heights. The clear water varies from 0.5 meters to 1.5 meters in depth. Wide stones surround the pool, laid out as steps leading into the water, reminding one of an amphitheater. The eucalyptus trees provide shade even in the heat of summer.

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Banias suspended trail – Suspended trail over the Hermon River at the Banias Nature Reserve

The Banias suspended trail is a new path which allows visitors to the Banias Nature Reserve the opportunity to enter parts of the nature reserve which were previously inaccessible to visitors. The suspended trail, which opened in March 2010, provides a wooden trail over the rapids of the Hermon River, through a basalt canyon.

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Hike at Jilaboun Stream – Gilabon and Devora Waterfalls in the Golan

The Jilaboun Stream is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Golan Heights. The fifteen kilometer long stream is formed from runoff from Mount Avital and Mount Shifon, and the water is carried into the Jordan River. Due to the height difference between the Golan Heights and the Hula Valley, a canyon was created, and the water is carried through waterfalls and pools.

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Nahal Senir National Park – Hikes in the Snir River national park

Nahal Senir National Park is a short fun family hike, through the Snir River. The Snir river, also known as the Hatsbani river, is the longest of the Jordan river tributaries. Beginning in Lebanon, it is 65 kilometers long.  Its main springs are the Hasbaya in Lebanon and the Wazani on the Israel-Lebanon border. Most of the water flowing comes from the Wazani spring, as the Hasbaya is used for agricultural use in Lebanon.

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Easy Hike to Nahal Zevital – Swim in the Zevitan pool in the Golan

Nahal Zavitan, or the Zevitan River, is the longest stream in the Golan Heights. The stream is 19 km long and runs to the Beit Tzaida basin at the Sea of Galilee. The stream runs through basalt canyons, creating pools and flowing down waterfalls. The water is cold and refreshing and swimming is allowed in the Zevitan pools.

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Gamla National Park – Family Hike to the Gamla Waterfall

Gamla National Park is part of the Yehudiah Nature reserve in the Golan. The Gamla waterfall, which flows all year round,  is the highest in Israel, at 51 meters high. The Gamla stream leads to the waterfall and then continues in a deep canyon. After the waterfall, the trail continues to a lookout.

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Nahal Yehudiya Hikes – waterfalls and pools in the Yehudiya Forest Nature Reserve

Nahal Yehudiya is a challenging but fun hike. The hike takes you into the canyon, down the waterfalls, and along the flowing water. The canyon is filled with greenery, so most of the time you are walking in the shade. Wild oleanderis common, casting its pink flowers through the lush greenery.

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Ya’ar HaAyalim Deer Forest – Odem deer forest in the Golan Heights

Ya’ar HaAyalim is a deer forest in Odem in the Golan. The forest has antelope, ibex, red spotted deer and midget deer. Visitors can wander amongst and feed the deer, while learning about the various deer. Visitors can also learn how a shofar is made from the horns of an animal.

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Gamla Nature Reserve – Griffon Vultures in nature and ancient city of Gamla

The Gamla nature reserve has Griffon Vultures, the highest waterfall in Israel, and the ancient city of Gamla. The trails in the reserve range from wheelchair accessible to moderately difficult due to steep climbs.

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