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Jezzine, A river to no end. A hike that will leave you breathless.

An amazing hike on an almost never-ending river bed in Jezzine.

Overview

This hike is in the Jezzine district, and is along a hidden & untouched river bed. There are some old mills and an old abandoned fort along the way. 
The hike itself is through the river, literally walking within the river itself for hours. The water levels vary between knee and waist level.

The hike is very relaxing with all the water and nature sounds in the background for hours. You will feel like you were taken to another dimension and come back fully refreshed.

The location is about 20 minutes before arriving to Jezzine citycenter.

 

 
 
 
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What You Can Do

 
 
 
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Other than the adventure shared on this page, there are a lot of activities that can be done around Jezzine area.

The Coal Mine Trail

Travel in peaceful nature with breathtaking views to discover hidden historical sites. It starts in Kaytouli Village, passing through the village of Homsiyeh before descending to the Mar Gerges stream, which runs through the forest of the bright green Kateaa Wasel, a fauna unique to this region.

The Roman Bridge Trail

This trail starts at the charming Mar Elias Church in the village of Bhannine, about 7 km from Jezzine city center. Go 25 meters south on a paved road and then take the road down into the valley. Stay left and cross the stream and then head south across the meadow to reach the agricultural path.

The Vine Trail

Move through vineyards, olive groves, and pines, and cross rivers to discover antiques in the valley's wilderness. Starting a visit to the village square of Room, the Church of St. George, and the Nabi Yaacoub Mosque, you will head towards the Dagon Forest, passing the Rihane bushes. Pass through a magnificent array of wild lavender, pink anemones, and cyclamen that lead you through oak trees and a rock cave to reach the Qattine River and the incredible view of the Qattine Valley.

The 360 Trail

This trail leads you through several beautiful villages while experiencing stunning 360 views of the entire region.

The Sun Trail

This route offers breathtaking views of the valleys and ancient sites without any hassle as you will be walking the mountain trails. Start from an abandoned farm in the village of Sfarey, then walk along the asphalt road that passes through the village of SOS to Mrah el Amir Abs, a Roman burial site.

The Shouf to South Trail

On your way, you will pass by Dear el Moukhalles in Bhannine, the Mar Elias Chapel, the Bhannine Valley, ancient watermills and roman bridges, ancient stone dwellings of the village of Kfartaala and the Abi Amine cave to finally reach La Maison de la Forêt in Bkassine.

La Maison de la Forêt Trail

This adventurous trail passes through the wilderness of the Bkassine forest - expect breathtaking views of the Niha Fortress, the impressive Jezzine cliffs and waterfall as well as an exploration of the 18th century watermill and the charming village of Bkassine.

The Butterfly Trail

This hike runs from the village of Saydoum to the beautiful village of Qattine and the old olive press along mountain roads that pass through several villages. Hike the trails surrounded by wandering butterflies and wildflowers. To observe the drying techniques, cross the village of Rimat and descend the Snaya river to the village of Saydoun, where the tobacco fields are located.

Mountain Bike

Feel the adrenaline rush and cycle through the nature trails of the Jezzine region. Whether you are looking for nice, easy, or fast runs, the Jezzine area has a lot to offer.

Climbing

Beginners will have a great time discovering new sensations with a 101 introduction to climbing. Professionals will enjoy climbing this cliff and discovering the beautiful sceneries around it.

Canyoning

If you're looking for the ultimate outdoor experience, then this is it. The canyon pass is a mix of water and rock activities where our experienced guides will take you on a beautiful journey; from hiking in small canyons to rope climbing to swimming.

 

Most above activities can be provided by the Jezzine Tourism office, which can be contacted on: +961 (0)7 780 563.
More info on https://jezzinetourism.com/section?type=1

 

 

 
 
 
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What to Prepare

Water and some snacks as few hours along the hike will get you hungry & thirsty.

What to Eat

This area has many restaurant options. The Jezzine Cliff has several traditional restaurants serving local meats and products, while opening wonderful views of the valley below and the mountains further away. Taste the delicacies of Lebanon from the traditional regional delicacy of the mouneh region. The pride of the locals lies in locally grown products, regional specialties, and wines. in addition, you can find right above the famous Jezzine waterfalls, Al Chalouf is the best spot in Jezzine for great views and a tasty mezze. Alternatively, dine on succulent grilled meats and mezzes at Jannat Al Sanawbar, another popular restaurant in Jezzine.

Some History

Jezzine is a town in Lebanon, located 22 km from Sidon and 40 km south of Beirut. Surrounded by mountain peaks, pine forests, and at an average altitude of 950 m, it is the main summer resort and tourist destination of South Lebanon. The town is also well-known in Lebanon for its production of handmade, traditional cutlery and daggers with decorative inlays, artisanal wine, and the shrine of Our Lady of the Waterfall.

Jezzine dates back to the ancient times when it was mentioned in Joshua : «On the south; all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah that belongs to the Sidonians, to Aphek, to the border of the Amorites;» Mearah was used to mean a «cave» according to the Holy Bible. This ongoing belief is supported by the names of its villages with Canaanites and Syriac origin. The above strongly confirms the region’s high importance since ancient times. It was a link between the Chouf and the Khan Market in Wadi Al-Taym, and between Jabal Amel and Bekaa.

For quite some time, the Jezzine Region remained Pagan until about the third century AD. The area was then converted to Christianity and populated by many Christians.

Their presence had led to some con its which caused their expulsion by the Mamluks in the thirteenth century. During this period, the Shiites resorted back to Jezzine, and Imam Muhammad bin Makki became the first martyr to be killed by the Mamluks.

In the early seventeenth century, the Jezzine Region had become a destination for families who began arriving from many diverse areas. The land was revived, had become fertile, and gave its residents the ability to pay taxes.

Nearby Spots

Once done with the hike, it's recommended to continue your way up to Jezzine to enjoy some good food and amazing views.
If you go up the mountain above Jezzine's citycenter, you will see some of the best sunsets in Lebanon.

Trip Overview
  • Trip profile
    Hiking, Swimming
  • Type
    Nature/Eco-tourism, River/Lake, Hiking, Adventure, Swimming
  • Available Activities
    Hiking, Parkour, Biking, Sightseeing
  • Time to Arrive (from Beirut)
    2 hours
  • Adventure Duration
    5 hours
  • Difficulty (for a non-athlete)
    Medium
  • How to Arrive
    Car

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