Hermon Stream (Banias) Nature Reserve
Meet Hermon Stream (Banias) Nature Reserve – Springs area
History, heritage and nature
The Banias Springs are located in the Hermon (Banias) Stream Nature Reserve, together with unique remains of human heritage.
|Reserve and visit responsibly! The site is open to the public with restrictions due to the coronavirus crisis.
Due to limitations on visitor numbers at any given time, visits must be reserved. Entry will be permitted only upon showing confirmation of reservation and only at the time shown. For more informationPlease note: Hermon Stream (Banias) Nature Reserve consists of two areas: the springs | waterfall and the hanging trail You’ll need to make a separate reservation for each area, but one ticket is valid for both areas.
- Entering the water is prohibited due to flora and fauna conservation and safety concerns.
- The trail between the springs and the waterfall is open Sundays–Thursdays only.
On Fridays and Saturdays the trail between these two areas is closed.
Main points of interest
- The Shrine and Cave of Pan – close to the Banyas spring a broad pathway of steps ascends to the Cave of Pan. The five niches cut into the cliff next to the cave are the remains of the shrine of the Greek god Pan, for which the place is named – Panyas (in Arabic – Banyas). At the front of the cave there are the remains of a temple built by King Herod to the god Pan.
- The Matruf Flour Mill – this is an active flour mill which still serves the villagers of Mas’ada and En Kiniya, and there are other ruined flour mills along the stream (the Um Ra’i mill near Nahal Sa’ar, and the Al-Mahadeh and Sab’ah mills near the waterfall), with Roman and Crusader architectural remains.
- waterfall and hanging trail area
Hermon Stream (Banias) Nature Reserve – Springs areaUseful Information
Entrance to the park closes one hour before cited closing timeSummer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 17:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 16:00 - 08:00 Winter hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 - 08:00 Holiday eves: 13:00 - 08:00 Yom Kippur eve: 13:00 - 08:00
Entry will be permitted only upon showing confirmation of reservation and only at the time shown
No entrance to dogs, except service dogs
In the area of the springs the following elements are accessible: parking, visitor service center, archeological display, toilets, paved trails and small bridges as far as the springs, shaded picnic areas and a faucet, benches, railings on steps, directional and informational signage. Near the visitor service center is an archaeological display as an accessible alternative to visiting the antiquities.
The antiquities area is as accessible as possible, considering the topography: The paths consist of compacted bedding along the existing ground. Where possible, railings have been installed at steps. Near the temples and the palace of Agrippa II is an illustrated informational sign. In the area of the temple there are voice guides for independent use.
From Road 99, from Kiryat Shmona or Mas’adeh, about 15 minutes.
Reserving a visit to Hermon Stream (Banias) Nature Reserve – Springs area
|Adult in group||₪ 24.00|
|Child in group||₪ 12.00|
|Israeli senior citizen||₪ 14.00|