Ein Hemed National Park – Visitors Guide – Lovely Place for Family Picnic


Ein Hemed (Aqua Bella) National Park is a lovely place for a family visit. There are picnic tables, greenery, water, and even some archeology. Moreover, during autumn, many photographers visit this park due to the foliage. Let’s begin exploring!

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Map

Ein Hemed National Park is close to Castel, and they both are situated not far from Jerusalem. And the easiest way to reach this national park is by entering “Ein Hemed” into Waze.

Map of the area:

At the entrance, you receive a brochure with info about this park. And here is the map from the official booklet.

Map of Ein Hemed National Park
Map of Ein Hemed National Park

Note: you can click on the map to enlarge it.

Trail

A red circular trail is marked on the map of the park. The length of this trail is about 1.5 km, and walking usually takes about one hour at a slow pace.

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday and Saturday: 8:00 – 17:00 (16:00 during winter).
Friday: 8:00 – 16:00 (15:00 during winter).
On holidays usually 8:00 – 13:00.

Entrance Fee

Adult 22 NIS, child 9 NIS, and student 19 NIS. And free for National Parks’ annual subscribers.

If you are going to visit several National Parks, then consider purchasing a combo ticket. You can find additional info at National Parks And Nature Reserves.

Note: opening hours and ticket prices were updated in March 2021. In any case, recheck the official site before visiting.

Contact Information

Phone: 02-5342741
Email: gl.ein-hemed@npa.org.il

Campsite at Ein Hemed

There used to be a camping option at Ein Hemed National Park. And from what I understood, it is available only for big groups (use the contact information above). If you are interested, you can book the nearby Castel campsite.

Stroll through Ein Hemed National Park

Ein Hemed National Park lies in the Nahal Kesalon riverbed. There are springs in the park, as well as remains of a 12th century Crusader castle. It is also known by its Latin name Aqua Bella.

Ein Hemed is not a big National Park. It takes only five-seven minutes to go from one end to another. And as you enter this park, you will see a lot of families with kids. There is a lot of greenery, water, shade, and a place for kids to run. Thus, many families come here for a picnic and relaxing time.

Ein Hemed National Park
Ein Hemed National Park

We arrived on a Saturday morning in September. September is usually already not too hot, but it is before the rainy season. Thus Ein Hemed Spring barely had any water.

Ein Hemed National Park
Ein Hemed National Park
One of the ponds

Water in the pond was not clean, but there was another place where kids could splash in the water.

Ein Hemed National Park

The water route is almost completely dry.

Ein Hemed National Park

You rarely see autumn in Israel. Therefore when I saw these leaves I decided to make a small photo book for them 🙂

Ein Hemed National Park
Ein Hemed National Parks, Israel
Ein Hemed National Parks, Israel
Ein Hemed National Parks, Israel

The Crusader Farmhouse

We walked along the water canal and reached The Crusader Farmhouse.

The Crusader Farmhouse, Ein Hemed
The Crusader Farmhouse

This farmhouse was built during the Crusader period (1140 – 1160). It is one of the buildings constructed along the road to Jerusalem, and members of the Hospitalier family owned it.

Ein Hemed National Parks, Israel

Look at the thickness of the walls:

Ein Hemed National Parks, Israel

In the inner courtyard. The second and the third floors.

Ein Hemed National Parks, Israel
Ein Hemed National Parks, Israel

We exited The Crusader Farmhouse and followed the sign (next to the bridge) to the lookout trail.

Ein Hemed National Parks, Israel

The lookout trail takes you a little into the mountain, but you do not see much because of the trees.

After about five minute walk, we returned to the parking (which is located near the entrance to Ein Hemed National Park). And since it was time for brunch, we had a small picnic.

A note for those who like barbecue. While the lightning of fire is not allowed in most areas, fire is permitted in some parts of this National Park. Just follow the signs.

Summary

Since that visit, we were at Ein Hemed once more. We were in Jerusalem for a half-day and had food with us. So we looked for a beautiful place for a picnic. And Ein Hemed was the perfect candidate.

That perfectly sums up Ein Hemed. It is a lovely shaded park, with water and a grass area that allows kids to explore and have fun. Thus, it is the perfect place to have a family picnic in the Jerusalem area. Moreover, you can combine a visit to Ein Hemed with nearby attractions for a half-day or a full-day trip. That is what we did. After having brunch at Ein Hemed, we continued to Castel.

Have you ever been to Ein Hemed National Park? Tell us in the comments below.

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

Stay Tuned!

For nearby attractions browse the map at the top of this post, or check Jerusalem.

   

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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