Nahal El Al is the southernmost strong river in the Golan Heights. The canyon part of the stream, between Moshavim Eliad and Avnei Eitan; has been defined as an “Eli Al” nature reserve that covers an area of approximately 2,107 dunams. In its shallow eastern part, the waters of Nahal El Al are captured in the Bnei Yisrael reservoir near Hispin, one of the largest water reservoirs in the Golan.
Hiking Nahal El Al is super fun! The stream passes through the reserve in a channel that deepens as the stream descends and during it creates several waterfalls, including the “White Waterfall” and the “Black Waterfall,” and several natural and artificial pools, including the natural “Cow Hill” and “Ein Noked” and the contrived “Ein Keif” that receive Their waters as a result of flowing from the ribs of the channel.
Nahal El Al merges with Wadi Samekh to form Nahal Samekh; which flows into the Sea of Galilee. A 25-kilometer-long aqueduct was used to carry the river water to the city of Susita during the Hellenistic period.
Nahal El-Al is one of my favorite areas to hike. It is super fun in the summer because you can jump into the water springs and waterfalls. Also, everything is in bloom in the winter, and the area turns to a different land.
Exploring the Golan Heights:
Mount Bental: Hike to the top of Mount Bental to witness breathtaking panoramic views of the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee, and even parts of Syria. The moderate trail offers a fascinating perspective on the region’s geopolitical history.
Nahal Yehudiya Nature Reserve: This reserve boasts beautiful canyons, waterfalls, and natural pools. The Yehudiya Stream trail is a popular route for hikers, offering a refreshing dip in the cool waters during warmer months.
Mount Hermon: The highest peak in Israel, Mount Hermon, offers hiking opportunities in the summer months when the snow has melted. The trails showcase alpine landscapes and captivating views.
Gamla Nature Reserve: Known as the “Masada of the North,” Gamla offers a steep and challenging hike to the ancient ruins of a Jewish town from the Second Temple period. The reward is a glimpse into Israel’s rich history and a breathtaking vista of the surrounding landscape.
Baniyas Waterfall: The Baniyas Nature Reserve features a stunning waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation and walking paths. It’s an ideal spot for a leisurely hike and immersing yourself in the region’s natural beauty.
Hiking Nahal El Al – Some Precautions:
As with any outdoor adventure, take necessary precautions while hiking in the Golan Heights. Stay hydrated, wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and be aware of changing weather conditions. It’s also advisable to check the trail’s difficulty level and choose routes that match your hiking experience and fitness level. If you are unsure or unfamiliar with the area, consider going on a guided tour with experienced local guides to make the most of your hiking experience in Golan Heights.