Glimpses - Tel Dan Nature Reserve

Located in the north, near the border with Lebanon and near the foot of Mt Hermon is the lush Tel Dan Nature Reserve. Within the reserve is the site of the ancient city of Dan, well known as the northern boundary marker of the Kingdom of Israel," from Dan to Beersheba", Beersheba being the southern marker.

In the days of the Judges, the tribe of Dan extended their territory by conquering the area. The city formerly known as Laish was renamed Dan (Judges Chapter 18), and from which time became Israel's northern marker.

In the days of the divided kingdom, King Jeroboam, son of Nebat, of the northern kingdom, established the worship of two golden calves, one in Bethel and the other in Dan. His intention was to strengthen his reign against the southern kingdom of King Rehoboam, son of Solomon. This became a sin in Israel which had grave consequences for subsequent generations. Even the zealot Jehu who "destroyed Baal from Israel, however, did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, that is from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan." (2 Kings 10:28-29)

Today the nature reserve caters for all types of visitors, whether you are interested in historical, archaeological research, or whether you want to enjoy the beautiful scenery and views along the well-marked trails through native flora, or if you just come to relax among the beautiful lush surroundings; it's well worth the visit.