At over 40 meters, Jilabun Falls are the second highest in the Golan Heights after the Gamla waterfall. Follow the red markings down to the stream until you reach the canyon that takes you through to the Devora waterfall. If you walk along the stream you’ll hit the Jilabun Falls after 1.5 kilometers. If you’re feeling up to it, divert from the red trail at Hurbat Devora and join the more challenging blue trail. For some history, make a short pit stop at the ancient synagogue in Kfar Devora.
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
Nahal Yehudia is one of Israel’s most popular water hikes. Located in the Golan Heights, Yehudia has eleven separate trails to choose from. Some of the upper trails are best suited for strong hikers who can swim. Be prepared to shimmy down a rock-face and wade through streams, eventually reaching the 20-meter-high falls themselves. If you’re a thrill seeker, try jumping off the elevated rocks into the watering holes.
Level: Easy – Difficult (varies by trail)
Ein Maboa (Ein Fawwar)
A 25 minute drive from Jerusalem in the direction of the Dead Sea, Ein Maboa is a hidden gem where you can take a short 1 or 2 km hike around the spring in the stunning desert mountains of Wadi Qelt. This particular spring is known to be refreshingly cold – perfect for a sultry summer’s day. Because the source of the pool’s water flows in a kind of U-turn from a cave made of limestone, the water disappears and refills. For this reason, the pool is known by locals as “Ein Hameshuga” or the crazy spring.
How to get there: Take Rte 1 from Jerusalem towards the Dead Sea. Turn left at Rte 458 (Alon Rd) and head north to Ein Maboa. Follow the signs and park on the side of the road at the stream’s entrance.
This 2 km circular hike in the Golan Heights is family-friendly. However, parts of the hike have no shade at all so it’s probably best to wait until the later hours of the day. Despite being close to the road, the hike itself gives the impression of total isolation thanks to the lack of people and desert fauna along the trail. Head towards Pik Ruins and begin your descent towards the refreshing spring below. You’ll traverse lush jungle-esque flora replete with lovely almond, olive, fig and pomegranate trees.