Gospel Trail from Nazareth to Capernaum
Travel along the Gospel Trail and follow the route that Jesus took as he journeyed from his childhood home in Nazareth to Capernaum, on the northwestern edge of the Sea of Galilee. As related in the Book of Luke, Capernaum is where Jesus conducted his ministry. Along the way, visitors can see holy site highlights such as Mount Tabor and the Church of the Transfiguration, Kfar Kana and the Mount of Beatitudes. This is truly touring the Holy Land!
The Gospel Trail is 38.5 miles long, but it was built in a segmented fashion. Pilgrims can elect to hike sections of 8 to 11 miles rather than take on the entire trail by foot. A full-color brochure that identifies the starting and ending points of each segment, as well as the major places of interest encountered along the way, is available in English.
Hikers will benefit from a number of amenities in which the Israeli government has invested to make the experience of hiking the Gospel Trail more meaningful, such as relevant scriptural passages at each site of interest, as well as signage that does not obscure the natural landscape. Conveniences such as shaded rest areas, safety barriers, stone benches and picnic sites along the Gospel Trail have also been provided for the safety and comfort of pilgrims. It is also possible to ride bicycles along many parts of the journey.
The trail ends on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, where hikers are able to enter the body of water itself, either on foot or by boat. Helpful accommodations at the shoreline include a specially constructed dock for those pilgrims who wish to enter the Sea of Galilee as well as secluded areas customized for prayer and private meditation.