More & More Water - Tel Dan, Nakhal Snir & the Banias Nature Reserves
Tel Dan Nature Reserve
Information: Open summer & autumn; entrance
fee; accessible for physically challenged visitors; daylight hours.
About the Route: There are a number of
touring paths of various lengths in the nature reserve, all of which are
suitable for the entire family. It’s worthwhile visiting the antiquities site,
as well as the Beit Ussishkin Museum, located at the entrance to the reserve.
How to get
there (via Waze): Tel Dan Nature
Reserve. It is about three km. east of Hurshat Tal Junction.
In addition: For those hiking south, Beit
Ussishkin is the starting point of the Israel Trail.
Nakhal Snir Nature Reserve
Type: Wading in Water; Xtreme.
Information: Open summer and autumn; entrance fee; daylight
hours; accessible for physically challenged visitors.
About the Route: About two km. A number of itineraries are
available; in some of the pools the water may be knee deep. Some itineraries
require climbing a ladder (already in place).
How to get there (via Waze): Nakhal Snir Nature Reserve. Parking; entrance at the HaGoshrim
In addition: Allow yourself two hours at least for hiking.
There are some enchanting areas, and you won’t want to leave.
Banias Nature Reserve
Type: Hiking on Foot; History.
Information: Entrance fee; open throughout the year; daylight
About the Route: There are two separate entrances to this
nature reserve, each with its own points of interest and various circular
routes. The Banias Wells route leads to the wells that create the spring, and
on the way there are splendid antiquities from the Roman period; the waterfall
& hanging bridge route is a somewhat chilly attraction enabling visitors to
get close to the Banias’ impressive waterfall, and there is a more difficult
route too, which connects both parts of the reserve.
How to get there: To the waterfall & hanging bridge route
- the entrance to the reserve is east of Kibbutz Snir, about one km past Snir
Junction. Entrance to the Banias Wells route is about 500 meters east of the
In addition: The hiking routes by the well tend to be muddy in
winter. A long, special hiking route from
Nimrud Castle to the Banias can be put together for hiking enthusiasts. A hike
from the Banias along the waterfall & hanging bridge route to the entrance Sha’ar
Yeshuv is an excellent summertime activity.
The Eucalyptus Grove - a Path the Length
of the Banias
Type: Hiking on foot; Bicycle Path
Information: Open throughout the year; daylight hours.
About the Route: About three km. (not circular). Walk south
from the parking area, along a short route to Sde Nehemiah. (If you have an
additional vehicle, leave it there). Or you could walk north until Sha’ar
Yeshuv, stopping off along the way at a number of lovely places and to bathe in
the water. This same route serves as a bicycle path. It is easy to navigate by
bike - the path is level and the road quite enjoyable.
How to get there: The eucalyptus parking area at Banias
Spring - follow the signs to the fields about 500 meters east of Kibbutz Amir,
then continue following them through the fields for about two km. more.
In addition: Go there in autumn and take the northern route
until the poplar grove. You won’t remember that you are in Israel! If you also
care to explore the Hazbani River and see the two streams that merge on the
other side of the border to form it, drive in the direction of the Village
Hotel, where you’ll be able to walk along the beautiful boardwalk fronting the river.
Food en route: The Northern Park compound - Focaccia
restaurant, Columbus hamburgers, Aroma Café. Nofit Hermon compound - Bluebus
Hummus, Indian restaurant. Kibbutz Daphna pizza bus.