Alroi Spring and Valley Railway Station – Visitors Guide

Alroi Spring and Alroi Railway station

Near Kiryat Tiv’on and by the historical valley train line, you can find Alroi spring. And the spring is near the reconstructed railway station.

Offers:

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Map

Alroi Spring and Alroi Railway station are located west of Kiryat Tiv’on, not far from the intersection of roads #6 and #70 (see additional map below).

Interactive map of the area:

Parking

You can explore this area from the south or the north. As you can see from the following map, there are two free parking lots.

  • The northern parking (called Alroi spring parking on Waze) is closer to the spring (about 330 meters).
  • The southern parking (called Alroi railway station on Waze) is about 50 meters from the trains and 480 meters from the spring.
Map of Alroi Spring
Map of Alroi Spring

Both places are along the valley train promenade, and you can walk or cycle. If you are visiting both, it does not matter where to park unless you will be returning to the car during the visit.

Alroi Spring Parking
Alroi Spring Parking

Opening Hours

Always open.

Entrance Fee

Free.

Valley Train Promenade

We parked at the northern parking lot and headed towards Alroi spring. To reach the spring, follow the promenade to the south.

Valley Train Promenade
Valley Train Promenade

The promenade was built in 2015 by the Kiryat Tiv’on Local Council and includes a pedestrian trail, a cycling trail, rest plazas, and play equipment, and extends along part of the historic Valley Train line.

Follow the green signs to learn about the Hijazi Railway, which crossed borders and linked parts of the Middle East.

Follow the Brown signs to learn about the establishment of the Tiv’on Hills communities (Alro’i, Kiryat Haroshet, Kiryat Amal, and Tiv’on) and the people who transformed the oak-studded hills into a flourishing community – Kiryat Tiv’on.

The Valley Train Promenade links up with Nahal Kishon Park, where you will find additional pedestrian trails.

Source: sign

Carmel and Road #70
Carmel and Road #70

Along the promenade, you can find signs about Hijaz Railway. We will talk about it later in this post.

Hijaz Railway
Hijaz Railway

Alroi Spring

After a six-minute walk, we reached a train bridge. And to the right of it, you can find the spring.

Hijaz Railway
Hijaz Railway

The spring begins at the base of the bridge. This area is shaded and has shallow water. Thus smaller children prefer to be in this area.

Alroi Spring
Alroi Spring

Further to the west, the spring opens into a pool (as seen in the next photo).

Alroi Spring
Alroi Spring

The water level at the pool is about chest level. Also, mud is at the pool’s base, so I suggest wearing water shoes. And as seen in the next photo, the pool is not shaded.

Alroi Spring
Alroi Spring

Though it might look big, the whole place is not that large. And if I take several steps backward, you can see the number of people.

Alroi Spring
Alroi Spring

We visited on a weekday during the summer vacation. At 10:30, there were few families, but at noon this place was packed, and people constantly kept arriving.

It is a popular place, thus favor to visit early in the morning.

Fishing and Starting Fire is Forbidden
Fishing and Starting Fire is Forbidden

Food Truck – Coffee at the Alroi Spring

During our most recent visit, we did not see the food truck since it was a Tuesday. It usually operates at:

Wednesday – Friday: 10:00-18:00
Saturday: 09:00-19:00

The hours may change. Thus, before visiting, check the official Facebook page.

Alroi Railway Station

Since my youngest daughter was tired, we returned to the car and drove to the southern parking. And from the parking, you can see the trains.

Alroi Railway Station
Alroi Railway Station
Rules of Conduct
Rules of Conduct

Here are some of the rules:

  • Starting a fire is forbidden.
  • Climb only trains that have stairs and railing.
Alroi Railway Station
Alroi Railway Station

Jezreel Valley Railway

The Jezreel Valley railway, or the Valley Train, was a railroad that existed in Ottoman and British Palestine, reconstituted as a modern railway in Israel in the 21st century. It runs from the Mediterranean coast inland along the length of the Jezreel Valley. The historical line was a segment of the longer Haifa–Dera’a Line, a branch of the larger Hejaz railway.

The historical Haifa–Dera’a line was built at the beginning of the 20th century and connected the Port of Haifa with the main part of the Hejaz railway, the Damascus–Medina line. Like the entire Hejaz railway, it was a 1,050 mm narrow gauge line. The last stop of the Haifa–Dera’a line within the Mandate Palestine borders was at al-Hamma, today Hamat Gader. Planning and construction took four years. The railway was inaugurated on October 15, 1905, and regular services operated on it until 1948.

Despite several renewal attempts, the line lay dismantled for decades until 2011, when construction started on a large-scale project to build a new 1,435 mm standard gauge railway from Haifa to Beit Shean along roughly the same route as the historic valley railway. Israel Railways began passenger service on the new valley railway on October 16, 2016.

Source: Wikipedia

Alroi Railway Station
Alroi Railway Station

Jezreel valley railway started to operate in 1905. And following requests of the residents, a new station at Alroi was added. This station was operational from 1935 to 1952.

Note: if you love trains, see Railway Museum at Haifa.

Alroi Railway Station
Alroi Railway Station

Along the railway station, you can find many railcars. Most of them are closed.

Alroi Railway Station
Alroi Railway Station
Railcars
Railcars

By the railcars, you can find picnic tables.

Picnic Tables
Picnic Tables

Though many people visited the spring, the railway station was not packed. And there were available tables (in the shade and during lunchtime).

Alroi Railway station
Alroi Railway station
Accessible Picnic Table
Accessible Picnic Table

Summary

I am usually not a fan of small springs in nature. They are often overcrowded, loud, and not clean. But in this case, visiting both Alroi spring and Alroi railway station can be a good combo. You can start in the spring in the morning and then head to the station for a picnic. It will be an easygoing day that kids will enjoy.

This area has many attractions, and you can explore them using the interactive map above.

Have you visited Alroi Spring and Alroi Railway Station? Tell us in the comment below about your experience.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

   

Additional Resources

Here are several resources that I created to help travelers: And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.  
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