Barqash Forests

Barqash Forests

Barqash Forests ,
is located in the north of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, within the Ajloun mountain range. And specifically to the south in the province of Irbid in the province of Koura, and is famous for the forests of Burqsh Tal Barkash, which rises about 875 meters above sea level.

Barqash forests are located near several towns such as Kafr Rakeb, Beit Eeds, Kefrabil, Kafrawan and Jedita in the governorate of Irbid, and surround many towns in Ajloun governorate in Arjan district.

Barqash forests is one of Jordan’s largest forests in terms of its temperate climate. Animals, such as waives, wolves, wild pigs, hyenas, squirrels, species of European brunettes, red foxes and wild cats. Various types of trees grow in the forest, some of which extend to 4,000 years of age, such as pine, oak, cherub, maple.

Where the forest is protected with an area of ​​20,000 acres, where various types of animals and living creatures, including 500 mountain gazelles, a number of other European brown elk and eastern anemones and 4,000 wild birds with 40 species including peacocks, hibiscus as well as some mammals such as gray wolves and hyenas Planned red foxes, wild cats, beech prick and European badger.

It has a high plant variety, with more than 100 species of plant species, including 13 medicinal species, 13 rare species, 4 threatened species and a vegetation density of 90%. The Barqash Forest contains a very large number of trees, estimated at two million trees. These trees belong to species such as oak, oak, hawthorn and mulberry, many of which are old trees that are more than 500 years old.

Top of Barqash

It is a high peak overlooking. Mount Horan and a number of other areas adjacent to the region in the mountains of Ajloun, outskirts of Palestine. The height of the summit of Barqash sea level about 875 meters.


The Cave of Barqash is a famous and very important cave in the Barqash forests, estimated at 4 million years old. It is the only known natural cave in Jordan, with an estimated area of ​​3 to 4,000 square meters.

The cave consists of a number of cavities and long narrow rocky paths linked to each other in intricate nets. These can sometimes be 100 meters or more in length, with the usual stalagmites and caves, some of which are about 170 cm in length.

The cave is located 20 to 30 meters below the surface of the earth and within a rock mass of 50 to 60 meters in height, from 20 meters to 20 meters, and separated from the adjacent road leading to the forest 150 meters away.

The back cave was discovered for the first time in 1995, it was not known before that time. When discovered, the entrance was a narrow, half-meter-long, rocky, three-meter-long rocky corridor, but several years later, in 2003, the authorities blocked part of the wall of the corridor so that it could become wide and passable.

It is likely that this passage in the past prevented people from entering this cave or dwelling inside it, thus maintaining its natural structure.

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