Hiking in Lebanon is an experience that should not be missed! With its marvelous mountain range, its fascinating valleys, its various nature reserves, and its scenic natural views, Lebanon offers great hiking experiences.
#1 Qadisha Valley
The Holy Valley is the ultimate destination for people who seek peace and adventure. It is the home of the Colombian hermit Father Dario Escobar who has been living in Our Lady of Hawqa Monastery for 17 years.
#2 Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve
The reserve in Ehden contains cedars and encloses 1,058 plant species which 40% of them are native plant species in Lebanon. This place is also rich with trees: 39 species of native trees have been identified.
Akoura is a picturesque village in Jbeil, Mount Lebanon. This region is famous for its beautiful circular ponds, delicious juicy apples, and mesmerizing nature. It’s a popular destination among campers, hikers, and stargazers.
#4 Al Ezer Forest
This forest looks mesmerizing in fall!
#5 Bentael Nature Reserve
It is the first unofficial reserve in Lebanon!
#6 Jabal Moussa Nature Reserve
This reserve aims to protect its biodiversity which comprises 750 species of flowers and trees. It also features historic sites such as Roman stairs, an abandoned Ottoman settlement, an olive press, a Byzantine Church, and many more interesting sites.
#7 Arz Jaj
Arz Jaj is located in Byblos. It is a forest that encloses hundreds of cedar trees that are between 1200 and 2000 years old.
#8 Baskinta Literary Trail
Hike this trail to explore 22 landmarks related to poets and novelists.
#9 Bkassine Pine Forest
Bkassine Pine Forest is a famous destination for hikers and adventure lovers. It is the biggest pine forest in Lebanon. Bkassine is the home of old bridges, heritage houses, and natural wonders.
#10 Tannourine Cedar Forests Reserve
This nature reserve protects one of the largest cedar forests in Lebanon. It houses birds, insects, mushrooms, and flowers. It includes many trails that uncover the beauty of Lebanon and its rich culture in different ways.
#11 Wadi Al Hujair National Reserve
If you are a tree enthusiast, then this reserve is the perfect gateway for you. Wadi Al Hujair National Reserve is full of oak and valonia forests.
#12 Qornet El Sawda
Qornet El Sawda is the highest point in Lebanon and the Levant at 3,093 meters above sea level. The view is worth it!
#13 Mount Sannine
It’s the source of many water springs!
#14 Baatara Gorge Waterfall
The view is scary and mesmerizing at the same time!
#15 Cedars of God
The Cedars of God is the most famous cedar patch and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Phoenicians exported cedar woods which were considered luxurious. In fact, King Salomon used cedar wood for his temple.
#16 Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve
This reserve is the largest one in Lebanon. It goes from Dahr Al Baidar in the north to Niha Mountain in the south. It encloses three cedar forests which constitute 25% of the remaining cedars in Lebanon. This reserve is home to 200 birds that include ones that are rare.
#17 Al Ammouaa Forest
Located in Akkar, this forest is abundant in different types of trees.
#18 Lebanon Mountain Trail
This trail extends from Andqet in the north to Marjaayoun in the south! If you’re an extreme sports lover, you will absolutely love hiking this trail!