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Horsh Ehden: About the Reserve
 

ESTABLISHMENT

The Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve was created under Law No.121 on March 9, 1992. The reserve is managed by the Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve Committee under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment.

SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS

Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve contains a particularly diverse and beautiful remnant forest of the Cedars of Lebanon, making the reserve a very important part of the country’s cultural and natural heritage. Located on the northwestern slopes of Mount Lebanon and pampered by mist and relatively high precipitation, a multitude of rare and endemic plants flourish here. Stands of cedars are bordered by a mixed forest of juniper, fir, and the country's last protected community of wild apple trees. On a peaceful hike through the forest, the lucky visitor might spot an endangered Imperial Eagle or Bonelli Eagle, a wolf, or a wildcat. The reserve's beautiful valleys and gorges, with their wild orchids, brightly colored salamanders, mushrooms, and other flora and fauna, are sure to soothe even the most harried visitor.

Practical Information
 

HOURS OF OPERATION

The Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve is open to visitors year-round. Visitors are only allowed in the reserve from 8:00 till 17:00.

ENTRANCE FEE

There is no entrance fee, but donations for the management of the reserve are welcome.

SAFETY REGULATIONS & PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES

Visitors are encouraged to abide by the ethos: Take only memories, leave only footprints. Stay on officially designated trails. Cutting across and between trails can cause severe environmental damage and can be dangerous.

The following are NOT allowed inside the reserve:

  • Smoking, campfires or starting any type of fire
  • Hunting
  • Tree or shrub cutting
  • Collection of any flora or fauna
  • Littering
  • Pets
  • Camping

FACILITIES

INFORMATION CENTER
There is an information center located at the Aain Al-Bayada entrance to the reserve. It is open from 8:00 to 17:00. Visitors may purchase memento mugs at the entrances to the reserve.

TOILETS
Currently, there is one public toilet located at the Naba'a Jouit entrance and another one at the Aain Al-Bayada entrance.

REST AREA
There is a rest area at Aain Al-Na'asa.

WHAT TO BRING
Visitors should come equipped with good hiking or walking shoes, a fleece jacket, backpack, water container, camera, and binoculars.

What to See and Do at the Reserve
 
BEST SEASON TO VISIT

For hikers, autumn and spring are the most temperate and enjoyable seasons for outdoor walks. For visitors who love soaking up nature's many colors, October is the best month to enjoy autumnal colors, and April to May are the best months to see the reserve in bloom.

MAJOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES INSIDE THE RESERVE

Bird watching, hiking, and photography can be enjoyed throughout the year. The reserve has a camp offering outdoor educational activities for children during the week and for adults on the weekend. The precise activities depend on the season and vary from year-to-year.

For more information, please contact:
+961-(0)6-561800
+961-(0)6-660248
+961-(0)6-560189
www.horshehden.org

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

There are no archaeological sites inside the reserve. However, in the village of Ehden, you can visit some historical churches and monasteries, as well as the old souk in the historic part of the city. For example, the Church of St. Mamas (Mar Memas) is considered to be the first Maronite church constructed with stones in Lebanon.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES NEARBY THE RESERVE

Visitors may want to spend the night in Ehden or one of the other villages near the reserve. For a panoramic view of north Lebanon, visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Citadel (Saydet Al-Hosn), a modern church built in the shape of a star and located on a summit. Visitors will also not want to miss Al-Midan, Ehden’s historic souk characterized by traditional Lebanese architecture and filled with cafés, patisseries, and restaurants.

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