Ein Hardalit – Lovely Water Hike for the Whole Family

Ein Hardalit is a spring at Nakhal Kziv, and it offers a stunning water hike suitable for all ages. Moreover, It has water all year round.

Ein Hardalit

Ein Hardalit

Offers:

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Map

Ein Hardalit is part of Nakhal Kziv Reserve. It is located in Upper Galilee, near moshav Avdon. And not far from the intersection of roads #70 and #8911. The easiest way to reach is by entering “Ein Hardalit parking” into Waze (or clicking this link).

Interactive map of the area:

Parking

There is free parking nearby. But keep in mind that it is a popular place. And if you arrive late, you will see people parking along the road.

Parking along the road
Parking along the road

And here is the parking area. As you can see, it is not big.

Parking at Ein Hardalit
Parking at Ein Hardalit

Opening Hours

Always open. But keep in mind this is a popular place. Many people visit it. Thus prefer weekdays, and during weekends, come early.

Notes:

  • Do not stay in the nature reserve after dark.
  • Our latest visit was on a weekday during the summer vacation. There were no free places in the parking lot. But at the trail itself, there were not too many people (we always saw people around us, but there were no “traffic stoppages”).

Entrance Fee

Free.

Walking Paths

Though the place is in Nakhal Kziv Reserve, there is no marked trail that goes inside the water. There is a trail by the water.

At the parking lot, you will see the stream (about ten meters to the north). Most people enter the water and head upstream (to the east). You can return using the same way.

Here is an interactive map from israelhiking.osm.org.il where I marked that trail that we did:

As you can see from the hiking map, we walked in the stream to the east. We did not reach Ein Hardalit. And at some point, we decided to return using the green trail, and then we walked in the water again.

Some info about the marked path:

  • Length 1.5 km
  • Total climb and descent: 20 meters.

Note: significant parts of the water trail are shaded. And the dry path has little shade.

Water Hike at Ein Hardalit

In this section, I wanted to show photos from the hike and discuss several issues.

Sign with info about Nakhal Kziv Reserve at the parking lot:

Nakhal Kziv Reserve
Nakhal Kziv Reserve

What to bring to this hike?

The beginning of the water hike at Ein Hardalit
The beginning of the water hike at Ein Hardalit

Near the beginning of the water hike, you can see a lot of garbage. Please bring garbage bags and take them with you.

Besides garbage bags, bring water shoes, water, sunscreen, and snacks (you can find lovely spots for a small picnic along the way).

Ein Hardalit
Ein Hardalit

As you can see from the photo, you will be mainly walking on rocks. Thus water shoes with thick soles are recommended.

How deep is the water?

The water is primarily shallow – ankle level. There are several deeper small pools along the way – about knee level. And at the end of the trail, at Ein Hardalit (where you can see a pipe), the pool is waist level.

Ein Hardalit Trail
Ein Hardalit Trail

Here are additional photos from the trail:

Ein Hardalit Trail
Ein Hardalit Trail

Some of the larger rocks are slippery, so be careful. I even fell once.

Fish
Fish

There are many small fish in the water.

Water Hike
Water Hike

As I mentioned above, we hiked during the summer vacation. And it is hard to believe that these photos were photographed in August in Israel. Usually, in the summer, nature looks yellowish.

Ein Hardalit
Ein Hardalit

Restrictions at Nakhal Kziv Reserve

We walked in the water till we saw an intersection with the green trail. At that point, we saw several signs.

Sign
Sign
  • Do not remain in reserve after dark.
  • Campfires and barbeques are prohibited.
Kziv Stream
Kziv Stream
The green trail
The green trail

We did not switch to the green trail and continued walking in the water.

Water Trail
Water Trail

Here are several additional photos from this area:

Water Trail
Water Trail

This area is wider and has many places for a picnic or a short break.

Water Path
Water Path
Ein Hardalit
Ein Hardalit

We walked to the second intersection with the green trail and decided to turn back. We took the green path to the first intersection to make the walk back faster.

The green trail
The green trail

And then we walked in the water to the parking lot.

Water Trail
Water Trail

How much time does the trail take?

It is not a long trail. Thus choosing how much time you spend in the pools, the duration of the breaks, and how far you go before you turn back will determine the duration of your visit. Most people spend there 1 – 4 hours.

The described trail took us (two adults and two children when the youngest was almost three years old) little less than three hours.

Summary

Ein Hardalit is a very popular place. And there are several good reasons for it. First of all, there is water all year round. Secondly, the water is not deep. Thus this trail also suits small children (my almost three-year-old daughter walked by herself all the way). Thirdly, nature is stunning, and there is plenty of shade. Therefore, it is not hot even in August. We enjoyed our hike, and we will return.

If you are interested in additional water hikes, here are several of my favorites:

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

Have you visited Ein Hardalit? 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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Lev Tsimbler

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