Walking or biking around the shores of the Sea of Galilee (the Kinneret) has become increasingly simple in recent years with the development of the Kinneret Trail, a 60km trail for hikers and bikers, which encircles the Sea of Galilee. At present, about 75% of the trail is complete, and, passing through the beautiful and varied scenery, past sites of ancient history and religious importance, through famous villages and cities and providing access to beaches around the lake, the Kinneret Trail is the perfect way to walk or bike around the Sea of Galilee.
Hiking in Israel
The Jesus Trail is a special hiking trail in the Galilee in the north of Israel, through the landscapes made famous by the texts of the New Testament as the land in which Jesus is said to have lived. The Jesus Trail was completed in 2009 ahead of the The Pope’s visit to Nazareth and runs 65km from Nazareth, through pretty towns and villages, and across striking landscapes, to Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Mount Arbel located in Israel’s Lower Galilee region stands sharply and prominently over the Sea of Galilee. Its graceful stature and steep slopes, particularly on the eastern side, provide magical views across the Sea of Galilee and beyond, to the Golan Heights, and Israel’s tallest peak at Mount Hermon. Designated as Mount Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve, the mountain has beautiful observations, hiking trails, archaeology and Biblical history, and is the only place approved for base jumping in Israel.
Mount Gilboa, located in the Lower Galilee region, south of the Sea of Galilee is one of Israel’s most beautiful spots. Whilst spring saturates the mountains in pretty wildflowers, no matter what the season, Mount Gilboa is a stunning, tranquil area to explore, offering a break from the intense summer heat with a cool breeze. The Gilboa Scenic Road is your access point into this array of hikes, viewpoints, picnic sites, bike paths, and stunning outlooks, and is a great path to follow when exploring the area.
If you shut your eyes and imagined beauty and reopened them to see the Hula Valley in the far north of Israel’s Upper Galilee region, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were still dreaming. The Hula Valley is a magical place, of history, of nature, and of miracles. The Hula Valley is the best place to do bird spotting in Israel, and one of the best in the world due to its location on a major migration route for birds travelling from Europe to Africa and Asia. The Hula Valley Nature Reserve and the valley as a whole offers bird spotting, endless hikes and walks, bike trails, and beautiful nature to absorb.
The Israel National Trail runs 950 kilometers from Kibbutz Dan, near the border with Lebanon in the Upper Galilee in the far north of Israel, to Eilat in the far south of the country. Split into manageable daily stages, there are places to stop and stay along the way. The National Trail is designed primarilly for walkers and hikers although parts are suitable for off-road vehicles, as well as bikes- the Israel National Bike Trail is currently under construction.
The Alexander River, in the Emek Hefer Region of Israel’s Mediterranean Coastal Plain is a beautifully restored river which runs the width of Israel to its estuary near the moshav of Beit Yannai. Along its course, a number of beautiful parks have been developed, including on where you can see the amazing softshell turtles which make the river their home, as well as hiking and biking routes, and of course, the beach where the river meets the sea.
The Gamla Nature Reserve, set high in the Golan Heights of Northern Israel is a magical place where eagles nest, archaeological ruins lie, and the quaint and stunning setting, including the breathtaking view down towards the Sea of Galilee are inspirational! Whether you have half an hour in a hectic itinerary or can spare an entire day, the Gamla Nature Reserve is somewhere for lovers of nature, history, and hiking.
Ein Avdat is undoubtedly one of Israel’s most striking and beautiful sites. Set within the incredible landscape of the Zin Valley in the center of Israel’s Negev Desert, Ein Avdat National Park offers spectacular panoramas and enchanted hikes through the incredible desert scenery. The spectacular canyon is the result of power of the waters at Ein Avdat (the Avdat spring). It forms part of the longest wadi in the Negev, the Zin Valley, which stretches over 60km and attracts visitors from across the country.