The largest of Lebanon nature reserves, Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve stretches from Dahr Al-Baidar in the north to Niha Mountain in the south. blanketed with oak forests on its northeastern slopes and juniper and oak forests on its southeastern slopes the reserves most famous attractions are its three magnificent cedar forests of Maasser Al-Shouf , Barouk and Ain Zhalta – Bmohary .
These Cedar forests account for a quarter of the remaining cedar forest in Lebanon , and some tress are estimated to be 2,000 years old. The size of the reserve makes it a good location for the conservation of medium size mammals such as the wolf and the Lebanese jungle cat, as well as various species of mountain and plants.
The Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve is a popular destination for hiking and trekking, with trails matching all levels of fitness. Bird watching, mountain biking and snow shoeing are also popular. From the summit of the rugged mountains, visitors will have a panoramic view of the countryside, eastward to the Beqaa Valley and Qaraoun Lake, and westward toward the Mediterranean.
Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve had 4 entrances: Niha Fort, The Barouk Cedar Forest, Maasser el Chouf Cedar Forest and Ain Zhalta, Bmohray Cedar Forest.
The Barouk Cedar Forest entrance is located 2 km from the center of Barouk and includes tourist information, rest rooms, and a gift shop for organic products. From the Barouk entrance there are several hiking trails one can follow to explore over 400 hectares of cedar forest. For bird and animal lovers, there is a stone “blind” above the “Hill lake” to observe wildlife. Visitors can also adopt a cedar tree at the entrance.
Park house: Al Shouf – Lebanon
Maasser El Shouf – Village square – Facing public garden
Phone/Fax: +961 5 350250/150