This family hike goes down into Nahal Yitla, past the ruins of Metsad, past Roman milestones, and near the new trail line to Jerusalem.
The Bnot Yaakov Bridge is a landmark site on route 91. The bridge is of strategic importance as it is one of the few fixed crossing points for the Jordan River enabling access from the Golan to the Galilee.
The hike in the Nahal Peres riverbed is a classic but challenging hike. It is a beautiful hike with varying elements, past waterfalls in upper Nahal Peres, leading to the famous Peres waterholes, slides in the Peres riverbed, and a steep climb up out of the Nahal at the end.
This hike leads into Ma’ale Rahaf, one of the most beautiful canyons in the Dead Sea area. The waterfall at the end is a popular spot for rappelling.
This challenging hike leads into the Peres Riverbed and then up above two waterfalls. The hike ends by the Peres Waterholes.
The hike in the lower Nahal Peres riverbed is a challenging but classic hike. It is a beautiful hike with varying elements, beginning at the famous Peres waterholes, slides in the Peres riverbed, and a steep climb up out of the Nahal at the end.
This hike in Nahal Og bears no resemblance to the classic lower Nahal Og hike with the three waterfalls. This is probably the most “technically” difficult hike I have ever done, with a number of spots where my fellow hikers had to help each other. Having said that, it was amazing and great fun – but it should not be attempted alone or by inexperienced hikers.
The hike begins on the green trail, which begins just before the arches parking lot. The hike leads through a narrow canyon before climbing up into the hills. On the hilltops, there are many “plates”. These round depressions were once the shafts into the ancient mines, which have since been filled up.
The Nahal Shani Riverbed runs through the red Nubbian sandstone in the Eilat Mountains. The riverbed is dry unless there is flooding and rains in the area.
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.
This hike leads along the Hermon Stream (נחל חצבני) from Kibbutz She’ar Yashuv to Kibbutz Snir, passing an old Syrian tank.
This hike leads down from the entrance to Almon (also known as Anatot) to the Ein Prat Spring. Ein Prat , also known as En Fara, is the upper most spring in Wadi Kelt.
The Iris Haynei flower, was first found in 1876 and is endemic to the Gilboa Mountains. It is a protected flower, and grows in the Gilboa nature reserve in Samaria. The flower is known locally as the Gilboa iris.
The Meshushim Pool (Hebrew: בריכת המשושים), or hexagonal pool, is located in the Meshushim Nature Reserve in the Golan Heights. The Meshushim Reserve is actually part of the Yehudiya Nature Reserve.
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.
The Sarach Stream is located in the Upper Galilee; the stream is shady with a stalactite cave and the ruins of the Da’Neela village. The hike is about 5 kilometers long, and is an easy family hike of about 4 hours.
Nahal Kziv is a perennial stream in the Upper Galilee, in the Kziv nature reserve. The 20 kilometer long stream flows westward from the Meron mountain.
Nahal Betzet is a stream in the Upper Galilee in Israel. The stream runs through the Betzet nature reserve. The Betzet stream is the northernmost stream in Israel which empties into the Mediterranean Sea within Israel borders.
Har Yishai is located in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. The summit is 214 meters high, and the climb is steep, over some loose gravel and small rocks. A challenging hike, it is fun for good hikers.
The Ein Gedi National Park is a nature reserve near the Dead Sea, with an oasis and surrounding desert. Nahal Arugot is one of the most popular hikes in the area.
The Ein Gedi National Park is a nature reserve near the Dead Sea. The reserve includes an oasis and the desert area around it. The Nahal David hike is one of the most popular hikes in the area.
Maale bnei hamoshavim was the first trail in Ein Gedi which was made in recent times. It is named bnei hamoshavim after the youth group which made the trail in 1963. The trail leads from the Nahal Arugot Wadi to the desert plateau above Ein Gedi. The trail is difficult and requires climbing up the rocks at some points.
This hike is in the southern part of the Gilboa Mountains. It is approximately four hours long, and of moderate difficulty. The highlight of the trail is the Khirbet Ner ruins, named forking Saul’s army leader, Avner ben Ner.
The Ein Gedi National Park is a nature reserve near the Dead Sea. The reserve includes an oasis and the desert area around it.
The Pura Nature Reserve, in the Northern Negev, is best known for its flowers in February and March. The flora in the nature reserve includes desert flora as well as Middle East flora.
The Naftali Ridge and Ramin Cliffs are in a lovely forested area in the Upper Galilee. The Naftali ridge, at 700 meters above sea level, provides a great view of the Golan Heights, the Hula Valley, as well as Southern Lebanon.
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.
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.
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.