With everything that is going on in Lebanon as well as around the world, people feel the need to hide from reality; and what better place is there to hide than in the heart of nature?
We’ve brought you 18 perfect hiking spots in Lebanon, so you can embrace nature and appreciate the good it has to offer:
#1 Al-Shouf Cedar Reserve
This is the largest nature reserve in Lebanon. It stretches from Dahr El-Baidar in the north to Niha Mountain in the South and has an area of 550 km2, which is nearly 5.3% of the Lebanese territory.
The reserve’s most famous attractions are the cedar forests of Maasser El-Shouf, Barouk, and Ain Zhalta – Bmohary.
In this reserve in the Chouf district, you will find not only 2,000-year-old trees but if you’re lucky enough you’ll get to see some of its 32 species of wild mammals, its 200 species of birds, and its 500 species of plants.
People come to Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve to hike, mountain bike, or snowshoe, but also to get a glimpse at its rich habitat.
#2 Balou’ Bala’a
Balou Balaa, or the Baatara Gorge Waterfall, is near Balaa in Tannourine, Lebanon. This waterfall drops 255 meters into the Balaa pothole.
The cave, known as The Cave Of The Three Bridges is of Jurassic limestone.
Balou Balaa is a popular destination for nature lovers and hikers in Lebanon.
There are various trails for you to take while hiking in El Qammouaa, El Ezer forest.
#13 Bab Wadi Jahannam
Wadi Jahannam is located in the North of Lebanon. It literally translates to the Valley Of Hell and it separates El-Meniyeh, Donniyeh, and Akkar.
This valley is home to many rivers, and the trail is natural and diversified including moderate inclines and declines all along.
While hiking, you will be surrounded by water, greenery, and giant mountains.
This village is located in the Akkar Governorate, Lebanon. Qoubaiyat’s flat internal roads stretch over a distance of 41 kilometers, making them perfect for walks and bike rides.
As for hiking, you cand discover hiking trails delineated by local students.
J’aime Ma Forêt (I Love My Forest) was launched to bring students on board to delineate hiking trails that highlight the natural capital of the area.
There are more than six trails of different levels and distances surrounded by great sceneries.
#15 Kfour Springs Trail
Kfour is a Lebanese village that overlooks the bay of Jounieh. It is located on the Ghazir (Jdeidet Ghazir), Kfour Road.
Kfour Springs Trail is highly popular among nature lovers due to its amazing landscapes.
Embrace the pines, cedars, oaks, and olive trees while hiking and the unique rocks. The trail is 4.5 km and is known as the hidden gem of the village.
#16 Bentael Nature Reserve
The Bentael Nature Reserve is located in the hills to the east of Jbeil (Byblos), north of Beirut.
It is a 10km hike during which you will encounter various trees, 4 Species of Amphibians, 650 kinds of insects, 25 species of mammals, 365 plant species, 18 hiking trails, and more than 7 attractive sites.
Being one of the smallest nature reserves in Lebanon (1.5 square km), this reserve is noteworthy because of its history. It was one of the first reserves to be created in Lebanon
#17 Lebanon Mountain Trail
This is a longe distance hiking trail in Lebanon. It is 293 miles long; it starts from the north and ends in the south.
From Andqet, a village in the north, to Marjaayoun, the trail connects around 75 villages. Hiking the entire trail takes 27 days. The Lebanon Mountain Trail has guide services that enable hikers to complete the trek safely.
It also organizes only two hiking trips per year, the April Thru-Walk and the October Fall-Trek.
#18 Qornet Es-Sawda
The Black peak is located in Bcharre, North Lebanon, and is the highest peak in the Middle East (3088 m).
The hike is 12 kilometers each way. The path is full of great views and the peak is accessible from late April through early October.
The safest way to hike to the peak is to arrange a local guide. The hike can be done in 5-6 hours.
The Black Peak offers a very unique scene in all directions; Syria, Cyprus, and Lebanon.