Tel Dan Nature Reserve

23.05.2019

Treat yourselves to a wondrous nature reserve that is nothing short of a magnificent little piece of heaven, full of history and beauty.

Tel Dan Manu Tel Dan. Photo Credit: Manu Grinspan

Treat yourselves to a wondrous nature reserve that is nothing short of a magnificent little piece of heaven, full of history and beauty. This site, located in northern Israel (near Kiryat Shmona) isn’t only a rare and exquisite archaeological treasure but it is also one of Israel’s most stunning natural attractions.

The Dan river, originating from the springs at Tel Dan, is the largest of three sources of the Jordan river and this site (covering a total area of 120 acres) has a variety of walks you can take through the reserve while enjoying its beautiful waters streams and treetops. The longest route is the most thrilling one, for it combines antiquities with gorgeous natural sights. All these paths will ultimately lead you to a pool where the river has its source. There’s a total of four nature trails that crosses water channels amid big forest trees and a flourishing plantation.

This site is also famous for its incredible archaeological excavations, offering a unique exploration of both an ancient Canaanite civilization (about 4,000 years ago) and the Israelite tribe of Dan. These ancient ruins are truly amazing and will give you a new perspective on the historic events that took place in the Northern Kingdom. Make sure you don’t miss out on an ancient water-powered flour mill (located in the center of the nature reserve) that dates back approx. 150 years ago, as well as an ancient arch that is at least 3800 years old and is probably one of the earliest man-made arches found in the world.