Hiking trails in Israel

January 1, 2020

Israel is a hiker’s paradise, with countless of marked trails suitable for different levels of hikers, crossing beautiful and varied landscapes. Each of the below trails is also divided into segments you can hike in ½-1 day.

The main – The Israel Trail

Selected by the National Geographic as one of the 10 most beautiful treks in the world, this trail inaugurated 20 years ago, attracts locals and tourists alike. The trail crossing Israel from North to South, 1000 km long,  connects you to the story of the entire country and not just the changing and diverse landscape it has: thanks to the localities, the birds, the monuments, the archeology, the mountains, the agricultural fields and the people you meet along the way you will have a special experience that you will forever remember.

The wet – Sea to Sea trail

A classic journey from the Mediterranean to the Sea of ​​Galilee, through rivers, watersheds and ponds. This trek is 70km long and can take few days, and most enjoyable in the spring or autumn when it flows with water. The trek starts at Achziv Beach, crosses the Upper Galilee through the Ziv River and ascends to Mount Meron (1,204 meters) and then down through Meron to Nahal Amud and all its water ponds and cliffs to the Sea of ​​Galilee (213 meters).

The Nature – Golan Heights Volcanos trail

The amazing scenery of the Golan Heights expands before your eyes in the 120 km along this trail. Going down from the Hermon Mt. through Nimrod castle, Sa’ar river, Odem Mt., Bental Mt., Um el Kantir and all the way down to Ein Taufik. The Golan Heights comprises of mainly volcanic basalt fields stretching to the north and east. The trail is 120 km long and can be done in 5-7 days.

The Historical – Sanhedrin Trail

This unique interactive trail accompanied by a web application that serves as a readily accessible “independent guide” in the spectacular landscapes of the Galilee, was inaugurated by the Israel Antiquities Authority for the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence. The trail stretches across the Lower Galilee and is 70 km long. It is dedicated to 70 great people, the Sanhedrin sages who rehabilitated the Jewish people following the Bar Kokhba Revolt.

The Annunciation – Jesus Trail

The trail follows Jesus life in the Galilee through his actions, steps and miracles. The path is 65 km long starting in Nazareth, the Beit Keshet forest and continues to the eastern part of the Galilee. The end point is the Capernaum National Park on the banks of the northern shore of the Sea of ​​Galilee, where Jesus gathered 12 disciples who were his successors. The Jesus Trail™ offers an alternative for travelers and pilgrims to experience the steps of Jesus in a way that is authentic, adventurous and educational by hiking through the rugged and beautiful landscape of the Galilee.

The Lowest – Valley of Springs Trail

The area of the Valley of Springs was not included in the Israel Trail, and is one of the most beautiful and fun areas in Israel. The trail passes through a wide variety of scenic sites, heritage sites, coveted corners alongside springs and historic sites scattered throughout the Valley of Springs. The path is probably the lowest path in the world, around 75% of the trail is below sea level. You can also cycle on almost any length of the trail. Hikers will find many attractions on the trail, including bathing in the springs of the lush water all year round, which is why bathing suits are a must for travelers on the trail.

The Desert – the Negev Mountains Trail

The Negev Mountains Trail is one of the newest and most interesting trails in Israel. It is about 70 km long and begins at Merchav Am, north of Sde Boker. The trail winds through the rocky hills of Ramat Negev, passing through through Ben Gurion’s tomb, descending to Nahal Zin and then continuing to a perfect dip in Ein Aqeb. Then on to the Nabatean City of Avdat, and the rock painting in the Desert, and all the way to the Ramon Crater. The route is designed so that you can sleep in the Khans and guesthouses at the end of each day’s hike, and enjoy the local hospitality experience as well as the stunning views.