Like Peru’s Waterfall of the Bride, the Baatara gorge waterfall is one of Lebanon’s best-kept secrets.
Located in the Tannourine Cedars Nature Reserve, the waterfall is accessible via a short hike on the Lebanon Mountain Trail through the forest. The views from the top are breathtaking, and the waterfall is an impressive sight.
The Baatara gorge waterfall is one of the most beautiful sights on Earth
The triple-leveled natural cascade drops 837 feet into the Balaa Pothole, a 160-million-year-old cave of Jurassic limestone also known as the Cave of Three Bridges. The natural bridges stand suspended over the chasm descending into Mount Lebanon.
“The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places,” once wrote British novelist Roald Dahl. He must have been referring to the Baatara gorge sinkhole, a scene reminiscent of Lord of the Rings, especially during the spring melt when ice turns into water and floods down the cliffs.
The Baatara gorge sinkhole is a place everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.