Category Archives: Golan national parks

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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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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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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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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