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.
The Odem Forest is all that remains of a huge forest that once covered most of the Golan Heights. The forest is natural, although the trees have been thinned and trimmed, thus allowing the trees to grow in height.
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.
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.
This hike is 3-4 hours long, but is quite challenging. The hike takes you above Solomon’s pillars, giving you some breathtaking views of Timna National Park.
The Gadot Lookout is an abandoned Syrian military post. Bunkers can be seen in the park, which has been made into a memorial for Israeli soldiers killed in wars against Syria.
Har Gamal is the location of an observation deck over Mitzpe Ramon Crater. The hill has a camel shaped top, which was formed by the wind and rain eroding away the rock.
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.
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.
All that remains of the Keshet Cave is a huge arch. Most of the roof of the cave collapsed sometime in the past, but the immense arch provides a view of the Mediterranean, the Betzet Creek, and the Carmel Mountain ridge. Rappelling from the arch is very popular, due to the 50 meter drop on both sides of the arch.
Metsad Abirim, the “fort of knights”, is the remains of a Crusader building in the Galilee. The building was made of large stones with a border around the edges; it was probably a fort or fortified farmhouse. The site is known as the Fort of Knights because the inhabitants were probably knights.
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.
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.
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.
Shvil Hapisga, the Peak Trail, is a circular family hike near the peak of the Meron mountain. The hike is through a forest, with lookouts over the Golan, Galilee, Hula Valley, and Lebanon.
Mitzpe Masua is an observation plaza in Park Brittania, near Beit Shemesh. There are many picnic tables in the forest around the observation plaza, and many hikes begin from the plaza.
Kibbutz Ein Gedi is located on the ridge above the nature reserve. It was founded in 1956. The kibbutz has a well known spa as well as an internationally acclaimed botanical garden with over 900 species of plants from around the world.
The ramparts walk along the top of Jerusalem’s old city walls provides a new view into parts of the old city which are otherwise inaccessible, and a view into the lives of the inhabitants of the old city. The views from the walls of the old city as well as the new city are spectacular.
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.
Eden Springs is a lovely park which encompasses the Salukia Spring, which is the main source of water for the Mey Eden bottled water.
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.
Lake Monfort is an artificial lake in the lower Galilee. The lake has pedal boats for rent. The walk around the lake is lovely, with a number of islands in the middle of the lake.
Tel Arsuf, also known as Apollonia, was inhabited for 18 successive centuries.
Masada is an ancient fortress on the top of a flat mountain in the Judean desert near the Dead Sea. Palaces were built atop the fortress by King Herod. Later, after the destruction of the second temple, the fortress was used by Zealots who chose death at their own hands rather than at the hands of the Romans.
Jaffa, known as Yafo in Hebrew, is an ancient city with a natural harbor which was used as early as the bronze age. The city was ruled by many ancient peoples, including the Egyptians, Caananites, Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, and Romans. In the middle ages, it was ruled by the Arabs and the Crusaders.
St. George’s Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery located in the gorge of Wadi Kelt. The Monastery began in the 4th century by a few monks, but was built in the late 5th century. It was then destroyed in 614, restored by the Crusaders in 1179, but ignored when the Crusaders left the holy land.
Tom and Tomer’s Hilltop, is an ecological biological garden planted in memory of Tom Kitain and Tomer Keidar who were killed in the helicopter crash.