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.
The beautiful landscape of the Sea of Galilee area. Credit Ministry for the Galil and Negev
Because the trail passes around the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the trail is accessible for hikers and bikers of all abilities – the terrain is flat, and some portions are paved (others are left wild).
Attractions along the Trail
The Sea of Galilee has, throughout history been an important center, particularly for religion. The trail passes many of the most iconic religious sites of the region, including Capernaum, the Jordan River (both where it flows into the Sea of Galilee, and back out), the iconic Greek Orthodox Church of the Apostles, the ruins of Ayish, Amnun Bay.
Hiking or Biking the Sea of Galilee Trail
The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) trail is divided into seven segments which means that the trail is accessible for everyone from families to seasoned hikers. On the the south-western side of the lake, near the junction with road 90 and the entrance to Kibbutz Ginosar, the Tsalmon Stream Promenade is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
The trail is marked throughout its route by a two white stripes with a purple stripe down the middle.
The Sea of Galilee Trail ties in with other hiking trails including the Jesus Trail (Nazareth to Capernaum), and the Israel National Trail (from Metulla to Eilat).