Snir Stream Nature Reserve (Hasbani) – Visitors Guide (Trails, Map, and More)


Snir Stream Nature Reserve (Hasbani) is located in Upper Galilee, and it offers a variety of nature hikes, including water trails. Thus, it is the perfect place for the hot summer days.

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Map

Snir Stream Nature Reserve (Hasbani) is located in Upper Galilee near Kibbutz Dafna. If you are familiar with Dag Al Dan restaurant, the entrance to this nature reserve is very close to the restaurant. And the easiest way to reach this spot is by entering “Snir Stream Nature Reserve” into Waze.

Map of the area:

And here is a map of Snir Stream Nature Reserve:

Map of Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Map of Snir Stream Nature Reserve

Closeup map:

Map of Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Map of Snir Stream Nature Reserve

Note: you can click on the map to enlarge it.

Trails

In the first map, you can see the long trail, and in the second map, you can see several shorter paths. Here is an interactive map from israelhiking.osm.org.il where these trails are marked:

And here are the details of the tracks:

NameColor of the Trail on the Map aboveColor of the Trail in the Official BookletDescriptionDistance (km)Total climb and descent (meters)Average duration (minutes)Notes
Accessible loop trail – short trailRedFrom the parking lot leads to the wading pool and back.0.72015
Medium trailBlueLight BlueThis water loop hike goes through the wading pool and travertine falls.13430According to the official booklet: “not recommended for children under five.”
To the TAP Line ReservoirBlackDark BlueThis trail leads to the bird hideout by the Tapline reservoir0.82620I marked the trail and started the measurement from the first junction.
Snir Stream LookoutBrownGreenExtends the previous trail till Snir Stream lookout2.39840I marked the trail and started the measurement from the first junction.
The long trailOrangeOrangeExtended version of the medium path.2.78890See age recommendation in the medium path.

Note: the listed average durations are according to the official brochure. During our latest visit, we hiked the medium trail. And instead of the mentioned half an hour, it took us about two hours. That is because we made long breaks by the water (and most people do them).

All trails begin at the parking by the entrance to Snir Stream Nature Reserve (Hasbani), and all of them are loop trails.

The parking lot at Snir Stream Nature Reserve (Hasbani)
The parking lot at Snir Stream Nature Reserve (Hasbani)

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday and Saturday: 8:00 – 17:00 (16:00 during winter).
Friday and holidays eve: 8:00 – 16:00 (15:00 during winter).

Entrance Fee

Adult 28 NIS, child 14 NIS, and student 24 NIS.

If you are going to visit several National Parks, then consider purchasing a combo ticket. You can find additional info at National Parks And Nature Reserves.

As in most other national parks and nature reserves, the entrance is free to Matmon members.

Note: opening hours and ticket prices were updated in September 2021. In any case, recheck the official site before visiting.

Dogs

It is forbidden to enter Snir Stream Nature Reserve with dogs.

Picnic and Barbeque

Near the Snir Stream Nature Reserve parking lot, you can find a picnic area, restrooms, and a kiosk.

Picnic Area at Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Picnic Area at Snir Stream Nature Reserve

According to the sign, the picnic area closes at 17:00 (16:00 in winter). Also, fires (barbecues or campfires) are prohibited throughout the reserve.

Picnic Area at Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Picnic Area at Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Restrooms, kiosk and the parking lot in the background
Restrooms, kiosk and the parking lot in the background

Contact Information

Phone: ‎ 04-6950064

Hasbani River or Snir Stream

This river flows in two countries. The Hasbani runs for 40 km in Lebanon before crossing the border at Ghajar. And then Snir Stream joins Banias and Dan Rivers to form Jordan river.

Hasbani is the name of this river in Arabic, and it is still called this way in Lebanon. And it is called after Hasbaiyya town in Lebanon, which is located near the stream. Snir is the Hebrew name.

Rivers in Northern Israel
Rivers in Northern Israel

What does Snir mean?

Snir Stream is named after the Snir mountain, which is one of the Biblical names of Mount Hermon.

Deuteronomy 3:9:

Hermon is called Sirion by the Sidonians; the Amorites call it Senir.

The Blue Loop Trail

If you are planning on making one of the water hikes, you should wear water shoes. The wet trail has plenty of big rocks. Thus water shoes with sturdy soles would be the best alternative.

The starting point of all trails at Snir Stream Nature Reserve
The starting point of all trails at Snir Stream Nature Reserve

There are clear trail marking in this nature reserve. Thus, we did not use a map for the blue trail.

Snir Stream Nature Reserve sign

Note: flooding is a hazard at Snir Stream Nature Reserve (except in summer). Therefore, I would advise calling this nature reserve before visiting in the rainy season.

Accessible loop trail at Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Accessible loop trail

Since we visited during the summer vacation with kids, we preferred the trail with lots of water. Hence we chose the blue trail, which goes through the wading pool and travertine falls.

Sign at Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Sign at Snir Stream Nature Reserve

We continued along the red tail, and after five minutes, we reached the wading pool.

Accessible loop trail at Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Accessible loop trail

Wading Pool

The wading pool is not deep (40 cm), but the water was freezing even in August.

Wading Pool, Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Wading Pool
Wading Pool, Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Wading Pool

Man-made pools – between the parking area and the river itself, two pools have been excavated. One is a “wading pool” for visitors’ pleasure, while the second is a refuge for rare water plants, such as the yellow pond-lily (Nuphar lutea) or the dwarf water clover (Marsilea minuta), which are almost extinct in the wild in Israel.

Note: unless stated otherwise, all quotes were taken from the official site.

Snir Stream Nature Reserve

You can either take the red trail from the wading pool and return to the parking lot or continue along the blue path towards Snir Stream.

The Travertine Falls

After several minutes we reached the travertine falls. And as you can see in the following image, you can either walk inside the river or use the path to the left.

The Travertine Falls, Snir Stream Nature Reserve
The Travertine Falls

Waterflow can be relatively strong, and many big stones may make you lose balance. Thus I preferred walking on the trail with the younger daughter, and my older daughter enjoyed the water hike.

The Travertine Falls, Snir Stream Nature Reserve
The Travertine Falls

The travertine falls – walking along the river bed, to the left of the trail are small waterfalls bringing the colder water of the Dan Stream into the Snir Stream. These falls burrow through a thick layer of a yellowish rock called travertine. This is a rock formed through processes of sedimentation (like the scale in a kettle), as a result of a continuous, slow current over many years. In fact, the entire eastern bank of the stream in the nature reserve is made of this rock – evidence of the strength of the flow in this area in the past.

Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Snir Stream Nature Reserve
The Travertine Falls, Snir Stream Nature Reserve
The Travertine Falls

As you can see in the next photo, we reached the end of this water section after walking in the water for ten minutes. We made a splashing break and continued with the blue trail (using the stairs to the left).

Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Snir Stream Nature Reserve

The following waterfall is the only section where you have to enter the water. Thus, we had no problem completing the blue path with a two-year girl.

Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Snir Stream Nature Reserve

Shortly after the stairs, you will see a trail split. You can use the Israel National Trail marking and head to the long trail. Or you can return to the parking lot using the blue trail. As we understood from the local guide, the long path has another longer water hiking section (similar to the one we just did).

We decided to return to the parking, and on our way, we passed through the senses park.

Senses Park

This park is similar to barefoot trails in other national parks. It allows kids to experience and see nature in different ways.

Senses Park at Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Senses Park at Snir Stream Nature Reserve

You can enter the senses park from the picnic area.

Senses Park at Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Senses Park at Snir Stream Nature Reserve

There is a short loop trail inside the senses park, and my children enjoyed exploring it. That was a lovely addition to the track.

Senses Park at Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Senses Park at Snir Stream Nature Reserve

Wildlife

We visited during summer school vacation. Hence there were lots of people, and we did not see wildlife. But if you visit when there are fewer people, you might be luckier.

The world of wildlife at the nature reserve includes both water-loving species, mainly active along the riverbed and in the thickets of vegetation alongside it, and species preferring dry land, typically found on the slopes that are further away from the stream.

Despite the limited size of the nature reserve, it is also home to a variety of mammals. Special among these is the otter (Lutrina) – a small predator that feeds mainly on fish and is in danger of extinction in Israel. Otters are mainly found in Israel today in the Hula Valley. In the past, they also lived in the Jordan Valley, the Jezreel Valley, and along the coastal plain – in the vicinity of the perennial streams. In order to improve the chances of survival of the otters in this area, “otter passages” have been made underneath the bridges, allowing them to cross between the different parts of the stream even when the current is particularly strong. Otter activity is also monitored, both by surveillance cameras and by documenting tracks and droppings found in the area of the reserve. Once a year, in October, “Otter Day” is held at the reserve, when visitors are given an explanation about this rare species, and special activities take place.

Other notable animals in the nature reserve are wild boar (Sus scrofa), porcupines (Hystrix), mongooses (Herpestes), and badgers (Meles). In the Tapline reservoir, it is possible to find many water birds, while various species of birds nest in the travertine walls in the quiet areas of the reserve.

Alongside the mammals and birds, invertebrates also live in the reserve: river crabs, dragonflies and damselflies, primitive crustaceans, and water insects. Bathing by visitors in the waters of the nature reserve harms the activities of the invertebrates, and for this reason – and also for safety considerations – it is not permitted to enter the water in most of the area of the reserve.

Wildlife at Snir Stream Nature Reserve
Wildlife at Snir Stream Nature Reserve

Summary

Snir Stream Nature Reserve (Hasbani) offers various loop hikes, including water hikes that perfectly suit the hot summer days. Both the adults and the children enjoyed the hike, and we will surely return to visit the other trails as well.

There are many attractions in this area, and you can explore them using the interactive map above.

Have you visited Snir Stream Nature Reserve (Hasbani)? Tell us in the comment below about your experience.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

   

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