Karm Chbat Nature Reserve, known as "February Forest Vineyard" in English, is a unique cedar plantation covering approximately 4 square kilometers. Unlike most forests in Lebanon, which typically have cedars only on their western slopes to benefit from Mediterranean humidity, Karm Chbat boasts cedars on both its western and eastern slopes, thanks to the moisture from Homs Lake.
Situated between 1,500m and 1,800m above sea level, the reserve offers breathtaking panoramic views of the entire country. It's located near Akkar and Dhinniyyah and is connected to the Al-Qamwa forest in the southwest.
Within this reserve, you'll find the rare Cilician fir, a tree dating back to the first ice age, as well as a Babylonian stele from 500 years BC, harking back to the era of Nebuchadnezzar.
To visit, head to Al Qubayat Square and follow the road towards Al-Marhan, Al-Shanabouq, then take a right turn towards Al-Qamou’a, where cedars start to appear at an altitude of 1,500m. You can also access the forest from Kebabat.
Dr. Antoine Daher, the Chairman of the Council of Environment in Qubayat, has played a pivotal role in enhancing the forest's appeal to both locals and tourists from around the world, making it a must-visit destination on your journey from north to south.