Path along Banias
Path along BaniasIsrael news photo

A new path has opened through the breathtaking Hermon stream (Banias) nature reserve in northern Israel. The path was opened in time for the week of Passover, during which hundreds of thousands of Israelis are expected to tour the country's parks and reserves.

The 80-meter suspended path is the first of its kind in Israel, and allows visitors to the park to see a previously unaccessible area.

The path winds along and above the Banias river, one of the primary water sources feeding into the Jordan River.

Over the course of the years, the river wore a canyon into the rock. Part of the canyon, with its colorful rock walls and stunning views, was unreachable until now. The new path exposes walls of transparent basalt, submerged caves, and roaring waterfalls.

The path was built by hand, and was structured to have a minimal effect on the surrounding reserve. Engineers, geologists, ecologists and welders worked together to create the structure.

At the top of the path is an observation point from which visitors can see the Hermon to the northeast, the slopes of the Golan, and Metzudat Nimrod.