Tel Dan

Tel Dan is located to the North of Kibbutz Dan in the Northern Galilee. The Dan river  starts at the springs of Tel Dan, and is the largest of the three sources of the Jordan river which include the Snir streams and Banias. At the reserve there are four fantastic different paths that can be taken, one of which is wheelchair accessible. At the center of the park you can see the ancient ruins of the city of Tel Dan. The city was occupied in the Neolithic era 4500 BCE, then abandoned until 1000 years later  when Dan was famously developed in Ca’ananite and Israelite periods. During the Caanananite period the city was known as the city of Laish. The tribe of Dan captured the city, as mentioned in the Bible and changed the name of the city to Dan.

The remnants of the ancient 7 meter preserved Ca’ananite gate can be seen, as you walk through the reserve. Known also as Abraham Gate it was built from mud bricks, and features three arches that are known as some of the earliest built in the world. Also found at Tel Dan is the Israelite gate, which served as an entrance into the city of Dan, as well as the fortification walls. Throughout your hike you can also see the ancient flour mills and ritual sites.

For nature and wildlife enthusiasts, there are a large number of different types of animals at the reserve. Some of the most common are the Near Eastern salamander, otters and wild boars.

Entry times ( courtesy of Israel Nature and Parks Authority)

Summer:

Sunday to Thursday and Saturday – 8 am – 5 pm
Friday and the eve of holidays – 8 am – 4 pm

 

Winter:

Sunday to Thursday and Saturday – 8 am – 4 pm
Friday and the eve of holidays – 8 am – 3 pm


Sources: https://en.parks.org.il/ParksAndReserves/teldan/Pages/default.aspx#Wildlife