23 Sep Sataf:
Route 395, Jerusalem
Sataf is a 250 acre nature reserve. In addition to the beautiful nature hikes, Sataf is actually a revived area of ancient agricultural methods especially terraces and channel-irrigated agricultural plots. Settlement at Sataf was said to have started thousands of years ago and was at its greatest size and splendor during the Second Temple and Byzantine periods. Moshav Bikura was founded on the ruins of the Arab village of Sataf, after it was abandoned in Israel’s War of Independence.
Sataf is unique agriculturally in the way that it uses the very limited amount created an ingenious system of channeling the water through tunneling to the area that needed it. Agricultural terraces were also built here and the extra stones removed were used to create watchtowers to guard the crops.
There are five hiking trails throughout Sataf. We went on the circular path which begins near the parking lot by the main entrance. The trail went through the olive groves, a cave, an ancient olive press, a pomegranate orchard and ruins of old settlements. It was a beautiful hike, rich in agricultural history.
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Posted: September 23, 2017
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Approximate Distance from:
Jerusalem: 25 minutes
Haifa: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Tel Aviv: 50 minutes
Meron: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Safed: 2 hours, 25 minutes
Tiberias: 2 hours