Enjoy the Outdoors Along the Dan River

August 26th 2012

The largest tributary of the Jordan River, the pristine Dan River in the north of Israel is a wonderful destination for lovers of the nature. Located in the Golan Heights at the base of Mount Hermon, the Dan River offers kayaking, white water rafting, camping, hiking, fishing for fresh trout, and even archeological remnants at the Tel Dan National Park.

For those wanting to truly experience the Dan River, kayaking, canoeing, tubing and white water rafting opportunities abound. From a relaxing paddle along serene waters to an adrenaline-boosting ride across choppy waters, any experience is at your fingertips.

Fishing is another favorite activity on the Dan River, with trout being the specialty. Set up camp along the shores of the river, and spend a relaxing day in nature. Or, if you want a fresh fish dinner without all the work, head to the fish farm at Kibbutz Dan (which is also the starting point for the Israel National Trail), where trout and salmon are raised and are available for purchase. Depending on your accommodations, you can cook it over an open fire or in the kitchenette of your zimmer cabin rental.

Alternately, head to the famous Dag al HaDan (fish from the Dan) restaurant, which is nestled amidst the trees right on the river. The no-frills menu highlights the fresh trout and sea bass that has just been caught, which they simply grill. To complement the fish, they offer a number of mezze-style salads and dips, making for the perfect Israeli meal.

Nearby, located on the ruins of the biblical city of Dan, the Tel Dan National Park is an amazing place to experience nature and archaeology all in one place. As an important stop on the ancient trade route from Egypt to Syria, Dan was a vibrant place in its time and offers modern day visitors a glimpse into life then through ruins and artifacts. In addition, the reserve also offers dozens of streams and hiking trails for all fitness levels.

Less than a 15-minute drive away, Nimrod’s Fortress is a must visit if you are in the area. Built in the 12th century by the Crusaders, today it offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the country and is well worth a climb to the top.

To stay in tune with nature, why not camp for a night or two in the area? Beautiful camping locations abound, including right next to Dag al HaDan restaurant! Another great option is in Hurshat Tal National Park, which has a lovely campsite right on the shore of the Dan River. Kids will love the natural spring swimming pool, and adults will appreciate their facilities.