This natural reserve is located in the Jordan valley and is named after famous King Herod’s brother, who had ruled the Judean region- in the name of the Roman empire, during the first century BCE.
Herod inherited after his brother died in battle and had established a city in his honor, at the heart of the valley.
A variety of archaeological finds had surfaced throughout the years at the many excavations that had been carried out: remnants of Pre historic sites, burial graves, agricultural tools etc.
Interesting sites are: A Large pool, an aqueduct, a mill-house and a variety of springs.
How to reach?
Take route 5 towards the west bank. In between the villages of Petza’el and the Arabic village of Doma, enter route 505 towards the reserve. The road is somewhat distorted, beware.
This is indeed the setting of the Biblical stories. The Petza’el stream, in the valley runs from the slopes of Samaria into the Jordan valley, offering amazing sights to the traveler.
You are invited to stop for a picnic, to rest or to trek in the cliffs or in the water.
Please be advised not to travel during high summer (July-August) as the heat is enormous and dehydration is at stake