Bible Walks (Hiking the Holy Land)

Hike at the places where those great stories occurred 3000 year ago. Blend your love for nature with your love for the bible stories.

We selected for you great hikes any hiker will enjoy. These hikes also pass through (or view onto) famous areas and landmarks associated with the greatest stories of the bible (Old and new Testament).


Hiking the Galilee and the Golan Heights

Mount Tabor Hike – (The Story of Deborah the prophet)

Climb on the famous Mount Tabor (Mountain of Transfiguration).  Mount tabor is mentioned 7 times in the old testament and was the setting for the biblical story of Deborah the prophet. Years later it was the location where Jesus transfigured with bright rays of light, in front of his apostles.

Hike Metrics
Hike Description
Distance6.0 Km
Short versions3.0 Km
Climb300 m (Short version almost Flat)
LevelModerate
BestDec - April
PossibleAll Year
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Judean Plains hiking scenery

Elah Valley Hike – (Battle of David and Goliath)

The hike is centered around the Elah Valley, where the battle of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) took place.  We will walk on the ridges and hills above the valley, visit the sites of the biblical towns Azekah and Shaaraim and enjoy pastoral views of the Judean plains and mountains.

Hike Metrics
Hike Description
Distance10.0 Km
Short versions5.0 Km
Climb300 m (Short 150 m)
LevelModerate
BestDec - April
PossibleNov - May
(Short Version All year)
LocationGoogle-Maps-icon-2020
Start PointGoogle-Maps-icon-2020
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Amazing panorama from the Summit of the Horns of Hattin

Horns of Hattin Hike

Horns of Hattin is one of the locations in the holy land associated with the “Sermon of the Mount”. It is also the site of several more biblical and historical  events. In addition it is an amazing viewpoint from where you can see Lake Kinneret, Mount Arbel and Mount Tabor.

Hike Metrics
Hike Description
Distance9.0 Km
Short version3.5 Km
Climb250 m
LevelEasy - Moderate
BestDec - April
PossibleNov - May
(Short Version All year)
LocationGoogle-Maps-icon-2020
Start PointGoogle-Maps-icon-2020
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View of the Dead Sea from Mount Sdom

Mount Sodom Hike – (The story of Sodom and Gomorrah)

Unique landscape on a white Salt Mountain. Mount Sodom’s soil containing 80% Salt, creates a unique landscape that cannot  be found anywhere else. It is also the setting of the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah that is mentioned more than 20 times in both the old and new Testament.

Hike Metrics
Hike Description
Distance10.5 Km
Short versions7.5 Km
Climb300 m
LevelModerate
BestDec - Mar
PossibleNov - Apr
LocationGoogle-Maps-icon-2020
Start PointGoogle-Maps-icon-2020

Short Bible Walks


Short Bible Walks

A bunch of short bible walks. All these walks will take you the beautiful nature spots in the Holy Land that are also connected to a famous bible story.


  • Mount Gilboa – 2 Samuel 1:19 “How the mighty have fallen!”

  • Ayalon Valley – Joshua 10:12 – “Sun, stand still over Gibeon!”

  • Ezion Geber – 1 Kings 9:26 – “King Solomon also built ships at Ezion Geber, which is near Elath”

  • Capernaum  – Mark 2:1 “A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum…”

  • Bethsaida – Mark 8:22  “And he cometh to Bethsaida…”


Mount Gilboa (The battle of King Saul against the Philistines)
2 Samuel 1:19 “How the mighty have fallen!” 

Jeezrael Valley from Mount Gilboa

Mount Gilboa
The Gilboa is a mountain ridge that marks the border between the Jeezrael valley and the Samaria mountains. It rises about 500 meters steeply above the valley and boasts amazing views. During February and March it is also one of the best areas in Israel to experience wildflowers.
In the Bible
Mount Gilboa is the setting for the battle between the Philistines and The Israelites led by king Saul. During the fierce battle Saul’s sons were killed. Saul was badly wounded and fell on his sword to avoid being captured by the enemy. (1 Samuel 31) Then, in 2 Samuel 1, David laments the death of Saul and Jonathan (Saul’s son). This chapter includes some immortal bible phrases.
Verse 19: “How the mighty have fallen!”
Verse 21: “Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain upon you”

Listen to 1 Samuel 31 and 2 Samuel 1


Recommended Tour:

Road #667 (The road is called in Hebrew “Derech Nof Giloboa” – The Gilboa Scenic Road) . It starts in the Jeezrael valley here and ends in the Jordan valley here. over a course of 32 Kilometers it crosses the Gilboa ridge with great views all along.

We recommend 2 short hikes along the route:

Mount Barkan Gilboa, Israel - Map
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Saul’s Mountain lookout: Drive here. You can just enjoy the view and the sight of paragliding launching down to the valley below, or make a short 1 Km circular hike on the Green marked trail that passes along the edge of the cliff.

  • Distance: 1 Kilometer
  • GPS file Download

Mount Barkan Gilboa, Israel - Map
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Mount Barkan Lookout: Drive Here. You can Just go up and down on the Red marked trail (About 0.5 Km), or make a 2 Kilometers circuit by going down along the ridge on the Green marked trail and walk back to the car along the main road.

This area area is especially attractive to see wildflowers during the season. Thousands of people arrive here during March-April to view the famous and impressive Gilboa Iris. (The exact time of blossom changes every year).

  • Distance: 2 Kilometers
  • GPS file Download

Both spots are excellent location to open the bible in the book of Samuel and read the related chapters.


Ayalon Valley – Joshua defeats the 5 Amorite kings
Joshua 10:12 – “Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Ayalon.”

VAlley of Ayalon. Site of the battle between Joshua and the Amorite kings

Valley of Ayalon
The valley of Ayalon is located at the foot of the Judean mountains. It is a very fertile area and therefore had been inhabited since the 14th century BCE. Ruins of ancient agriculture such as terraces, cisterns and farmhouses are found on the hills around the valley. The landscape is attractive during late winter and spring, when the ground is covered with fresh grass and dotted with wildflowers.
Valley of Ayalon in the Bbile
The valley of Ayalon is mentioned several times in the Bible. The most famous is Joshua 10. The chapter tells us about the battle between Joshua and the 5 Amorite kings. The battle starts in Gibeon up on the Judean mountain, Joshua’s army chases the Amorites down to ayalon valley, when the sun is about to set and he needs more time to finish the job, Joshua calls upon the lord to extend the day with the famous verse that is still famous today: ““Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Ayalon.”

A short Hike to visit Ayalon Valley:

Tabgha - Capernaum Map
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  • The hike starts at the southern outskirts of Modiin. (A big city on the middle of the way between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, about 30 minutes away from both)
  • Park your car (Or go by Bus) here.
  • GPS file: Download
  • Distance: 5.0 Kilometers. (2.5 each way)
  • Level: Easy.
  • The hike is very simple. Just follow the Blue marked trail going south. The trail goes up and down on several rolling hills. Pay attention to the ancient terraces along the way, remains from the agricultural activities in ancient times.
  • You can make 2 small detours on the Green and black trails to see those ruins.
  • After 2.5 Kilometers when you are almost at the bottom of the Aylon valley, look for an unmarked dirt road going left and climbing to a view point with a pergola.
  • The name of the view point is “Mitspe Kramim” (Vineyards lookout).
  • A great spot to relax with the view of the Aylon valley below and read (Or listen) to Joshua Chapter 10.

Joshua Chapter 10


Etzion Geber (Eilat)
1 Kings 9:26 “King Solomon also built ships at Ezion Geber, which is near Elath”

Ezion Geber in the Horizon when viewing from the summit of mount Zfahot

Ezion Geber
Ezion Geber was an ancient biblical seaport located at the head of the Gulf of Eilat, between the modern towns of Eilat (Israel) and Aqaba (Jordan). The location is a few kilometers east of Eilat near the border but on the Jordanian side. Excavations that were carried out in 1939 reviled a fortified and prosperous settlement, which attests to extensive commercial activity. The ruins date to the period of the Judean kingdom.
Ezion Geber in the Bible
Ezion Geber is mentioned several times in the bible. The 1st mention is when the children of Israel passed through during the exodus from Egypt. Numbers 33:35-36And they departed from Ebronah, and encamped at Eziongaber….” Deuteronomy 2:8 “… through the way of the plain from Elath, and from Ezion-geber…” During King Solomon’s period Ezion-Geber was an important marine commercial center. 1 Kings 9:26, 22:48 “… And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber…”

A short hike to a fantastic viewpoint:

Mount tzfchot hiking Map
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  • Walking Distance: 4 Kilometers
  • Climb: 250 m
  • Level: Moderate.
  • Park your car (Or go by bus): here (Near the Eilat Field School).
  • GPS file Download
  • This is a great 2 hours break from the touristic Eilat, just 10 minutes drive south of the city.
  • It is not possible to reach the location of the archaeological site of Ezion Geber. So instead we will climb to the summit of mount Tzfachot for an amazing view of the gulf of Eilat with the Edom mountains on the Jordanian side.,We can also spot the location of Ezion Geber (The biblical Eilat) at the head of the bay.
  • Start by following the Green marked trail climbing to the summit of Mount Tzfachot (250 m).
  • As we gain height the views of the Red sea below become more impressive. On the summit we meet a junction with a Blue marked trail.
  • After enjoying the views continue, with the Blue trail down to a saddle and up again to the northern peak of the mountain.
  • From this peak we have a clear view of the head of the bay where the Biblical Eilat was located.
  • A great place to relax and just enjoy the views,or try to imagine King’s Solomon’s ships sailing from Ofir to the port of Ezion Geber.
  • Continue to follow the Blue markings all the way down to the main road.

From Capernaum to Tabgha
Mark 2:1 “A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.”

The Sea of Galilee from Capernaum

Capernaum and Tabgha are two of the most visited religious sites in the Holy Land. They are both located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in a distance of 2 kilometers from one another. Visit both of them as a part of an easy and pleasant 4 kilometers walk.

Tabgha
Tabgha is located on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is considered to be the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24). Two churches are located in the compound.The Church of the Loaves and Fish and the Church of the Primacy of Saint Peter. These modern churches are built over ruins of ancient churches. An earlier one from 350AD and a later one from 450AD. Both were destroyed during the Parisian invasion around 600AD
Capernaum
Capernaum is located 2 kilometers Northeast of Tabgha. It is the sight of an ancient fishing village established around 100BCE. However, what makes it famous, is its major role in the new testament with numerous mentions in all 4 gospels. Today the area includes a Franciscan Compound, Greek Orthodox Compound, an archaeological site with an a 4th century AD synagogue  and the ruins of what is believed to be the house of Peter the Apostle

A short Walk near the Sea of Galilee:

Tabgha - Capernaum Map
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  • You can start either at Capernaum of Tabgha
  • GPS file: Download
  • Distance: 5.5 Kilometers.
  • Level: Easy.
  • Tabgha and Capernaum are connected with 2 walking trails. The Lake Kinneret circular hiking trail that passes near the shore of the lake (Marked with purple markings). And a paved promenade that passes parallel to the main road.
  • A great way to visit the 2 sites is to park at one of them, walk to the other the hiking trail near the shore and come back on the promenade.


Bethsaida – healing of the blind man
Mark 8:22-26  “And he cometh to Bethsaida”

Bethsaida Gate
Bethsaida by Chnmee (Creative Commons)
Bethsaida
Ancient Bethsaida ruins is an archaeological site located on steep spur north of the Sea of Galilee, near the inflow of the Jordan River into the lake. It dates to the 10th century BCE and is identified as the capital of the kingdom of Geshur. (Joshua 13 11-13). The main find is an impressive gate complex leading to a paved square. The city was destroyed by the Assyrians during their invasion of the holy land around 700 BCE. The town was rebuilt in the 3rd century BCE as a fishermen village.
Bethsaida in the New Testament
Bethsaida is mentioned several times in the new testament:

  • The birthplace of the Apostles Andrew, Peter, and Philip. (John 1:44: “Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter”)
  • Miracle of the healing the blind man: Mark 8:22-26 : “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him…”

  • Miracle of feeding the multitude: Luke 9:10-13 “When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida…”

Tour of Bethsaida:

Bethsaida Map
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  • The archaeological site of Bethsaide is located inside the “Jordan River Park”. It’s a large recreation area with several short hiking trails, campsite and picnic areas.
  • Park opening hours: February-November 24 Hours, December-January 08:00-1600
  • Admission fee: 60 Shekels per vehicle.
  • Park Map: Download (Hebrew only)
  • Walking Distance: 500 meters
  • Level: very easy.
  • After entering the compound park your car here.
  • GPS file Download
  • Follow the black marked circuit around the ruins of Bethsaida. At the top there is a balcony with great view on the Sea of Galilee.
  • You can combine it with additional short hikes in the park (Ranges between 1-3 kilometers). Check here for more information, or ask the park rangers.

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