Wadi Zohar flows into the delta of the Zohar oasis on the southwest shore of the Dead Sea. Walking through the majestic canyon landscape of Nahal Zohar affords trekkers the opportunity to see the ruins of two ancient fortresses built along the ridge of the wadi. This ridgeline once served as an important trade route for travelers and traders ascending from the Dead Sea region to the northern Negev.

Moving northwest from the town of Neve Zohar, hikers will come upon the first set of ruins,  located on the northern bank of the valley and dated to some time between the tenth and eighth centuries BCE. Later additions to the site occurred in the Hasmonean period.

Further down the wadi, about 2.5 km from the Dead Sea, lies a Roman fortress with Byzantine and Mamluk additions. The tower of the fortress was built on top of a natural hill and is well preserved. Though the walls around the fortress have eroded over the years, cisterns and dams can still be found around the fortress.

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Sites in the Arad Region:

Dead Sea

After a long day’s hike to the lowest point on Earth, float calmly on the salty surface of the Dead Sea.

Masada

In a mountaintop stronghold between the desert hills and the Dead Sea, walk among ruins filled with the history of kings, warriors, and monks.

Mt. Sodom

Visit this amazing geological phenomenon for the chance to witness a mountain that actually grows taller over time.

Tel Arad

To walkers without a background in archeology, the fortress on the hill may appear as another site with walls and stones strewn around. But Tel Arad is a site of mystery and drama in the development of monotheism.

Mt. Zin

The view of this impressive table-topped mountain and its surrounding foothills is worth a brief jaunt away from the path.

Wadi Hemar

Temporarily abandon the nomadic life to rest where some of the earliest initiators of the Agricultural Revolution settled.