Banias Nature Reserve
Emerging from the base of Mount Hermon, in front of a cave worshiped in antiquity as home of Pan, the Banias stream (In Hebrew: Nahal Hermon), is one of the main sources of the Jordan River. A beautiful hike from Pan’s cave and the ruins of Caesarea-Philippi follows the stream, passing through dense lush green woodlands and old flour mills. The hike ends at the roaring Banias Waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Israel. Here the water drops 30 feet into a natural pool surrounded by vegetation, forming mists at the viewpoint.
Beyond the waterfall, a new suspended trail, hovering above the enchanting Banias rapids, follows the gorge for about 300 feet. This part especially is overwhelmingly beautiful.
Touring Banias Nature Reserve
The Banias Nature Reserve is a national park. It is open every day of the week and has an entry fee. The ticket covers both Caesarea-Philippi, the waterfall and the hike on the suspended trail. It is also possible to get a combined ticket to the site and Nimrod Fortress.
A tour of Banias Nature Reserve can be combined with in a day tour in the north.