It’s hard to escape the Mediterranean heat in the summertime in Israel. You could spend each and every day indoors…
But if you would rather be out exploring our beautiful Land, there’s still a way to stay cool – go on a water hike. In Israel, there are tons of beautiful trails to splash through. All over the country, you can become one with nature without melting in the sun.
Just picture it – a cool rocky riverbed under a canopy of shade. The sound of a stream splashing over rocks into mini waterfalls. Frogs croaking, birds chirping, dragonflies rushing past, and fish nibbling at your toes. All of that can be yours this summer while you explore the best water hikes in Israel. Here are 5 of my favorites:
This hike takes you about an hour south of Jerusalem, to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. It’s true that Ein Gedi is hot in the summertime. But if you drive just a little further into the park and take the Nahal Arugot trail instead, you can stay wet for almost the entire hike.
This unbelievably beautiful desert oasis is only about a half hour from Jerusalem. It’s the best water hike in the Jerusalem area.
You can also take the long trail on the right, which brings you to a whole world of desert oasis beauty. Here, there are several larger pools to hang out in. Hike out as far as you want, then go back the way you came.
Further north in the Jordan Valley is Nahal HaKibbutzim, a great place to really cool down. This water trail is more water than trail. You actually have to swim through it – no hiking involved.
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Once you’ve made it up North to the Golan, there are many, many water hikes to choose from. One of my favorites is Nahal Snir, a wildly beautiful water hike over giant tree roots along a rushing river.
The Banias Springs Trail
This is probably the coolest, most beautiful of all the water hikes in Israel. It really feels like you are walking through the mist of the Banias almost the whole way through. Something about that magical mist turns this streamside hike into a little piece of paradise.
So, whether you’re headed for the stream filled North or hanging out in the Center of the country, there are water hikes in Israel for you to cool down on. Don’t confine yourself to indoor activities during the summer season. Go explore some green and beautiful water hikes instead – they’ll change the way you experience summer in Israel.
Check out the Water Hikes section of Hiking the Holyland for more wet summer fun. Don’t forget to reserve your spot on the National Parks website before heading out.