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The Jesus Trail™ is a 65-kilometer hiking trail in the Galilee region of Israel which connects important sites from the life of Jesus as well as other historical and religious sites. The Jesus Trail™ offers an alternative for travelers and pilgrims to experience the steps of Jesus in a way that is authentic, adventurous and educational by hiking through the rugged and beautiful landscape of the Galilee in Israel.
Our mission is to provide the best possible hiking routes between locations that are significant to the biblical story of Jesus in the Galilee region of Israel, and to provide resources and services for responsible ecotourism along the trails. We strive to offer an experience of walking in the footsteps of Jesus in a way that is authentic, relational, and educational for travelers, pilgrims, and locals. We strive to provide accurate and helpful resources on hiking in Israel, educational adventure travel, and sustainable ecotourism.
Our vision is for the Jesus Trail to serve as:
a bridge to build transformational relationships and understandings between nationalities, cultures and religions in the Middle East
an economic stimulus to support the livelihood of local communities through responsible, grassroots ecotourism
an epic hiking route that increases connection to the natural world, that encourages environmental care through a leave-no-trace approach
We hope that travelers of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds will gain a new understanding of the life of Jesus through the people and land that shaped his historical context along the Jesus Trail. Today, encounters on the trail still serve as opportunities to extend and receive hospitality with diverse groups of people. Modern travelers can practice living simply and traveling light, gaining wisdom from the spirit of Jesus' words from Mark 6:8-9: "Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic."
We strongly encourage all to walk with a leave-no-trace approach, respecting everything they encounter in order to improve the surrounding environment. We believe that trails are made by walking, and invite all sojourners to take the first step and begin a journey of adventure, discovery and transformation.