Water-based activities are an excellent way to beat the heat during summer. In this guide, we will explore water hikes and springs.
Important note: sometimes (usually during the summer), some streams may be polluted. Thus, recheck the pollution level before visiting. Usually, the Nature And Parks Authority (example) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection (example) issue statements.
Pools in nature, for example, Ein Yizrael, that require only a short walk, are usually overcrowded. Therefore, I prefer water hikes over springs. Here are my favorite water hikes:
|Name||Location||Trail Length||Entrance Fee||Comments|
|Ein Bokek||By the Dead Sea||3.5 – 4.5 km / 2 – 3 hours||Free||There are short and long trails.|
|Ein Gedi Nature Reserve||By the Dead Sea||1 – 6 hours||Adult – 28 NIS, child – 14 NIS||There are two entrances. Choose Wadi David and David Fall or Wadi Arugot.|
|Ein Prat Nature Reserve||Not far from Jerusalem||1 – 6 km / 1 – 5 hours||Adult – 29 NIS, child – 15 NIS||Also known as Wadi Qelt and Nahal Prat.|
|Nahal Kibbutzim||Beit Shean valley||2.1 km / 1 – 3 hours||Free||There are also water slides, a pool, and a picnic area.|
|Alona Park (Mey Kedem)||Near Zikhron Yaakov||300 meters / 20 – 30 meters||Adult – 35 NIS, child – 30 NIS||Mey Kedem is an ancient water tunnel in Alona Park, not far from Zikhron Yaakov. And you can walk inside the water tunnel.|
|Majrase – Betiha Nature Reserve||Near the Sea of Galilee||1.6 km / 1 – 3 hours||Adult – 28 NIS, child – 14 NIS||There is an accessible route and water entrance.|
|Amud Stream Nature Reserve||Not far from Safed||1 – 6 km||Upper Amud Stream: Adult – 28 NIS, child – 14 NIS|
Lower Amud Stream: free
|There are many different trails at the upper and lower parts of the stream.|
|Ein Hardalit||Part of Nakhal Kziv Reserve, near Nahariya||1.5 km / 1 – 4 hours||Free|
|Nahal Zavitan||Near Katzrin||6 – 8 km / 4 – 5 hours||Free||The length depends on the selected trail (lower/upper Zavitan stream).|
|Yehudiya Nature Reserve||Near Katzrin||Upper Yehudiya trail: 4 km / 3 hours||Adult – 22 NIS, child – 9 NIS||The trails at Yehudiya and Zavitan are not easy.|
|Jilabun Stream||Near Katzrin||3 km / 3 hours||Free|
|Ein Tina (Ein Notera)||On the slopes of Golan Heights||0.8 – 2.2 km / 2 – 4 hours||Free||There are also small ponds.|
|Snir Stream Nature Reserve (Hasbani)||Near Kiryat Shmona||1 km / 1 – 3 hours||Adult – 28 NIS, child – 14 NIS||There are many other trails in this nature reserve.|
- This list includes only hikes where you can enter the water. For example, at Banias Nature Reserve, you hike along the water, but entering the water is forbidden. You can walk to the Syrian tank if you are near Banias and want to enter the water (for additional details, see Banias).
- You can find weather statistics and additional suggestions for summer activities at Summer in Israel.
- The places in the list are ordered by location (from south to north).
Springs and Rivers
In this section, we will go over the most popular springs and rivers where people swim.
|Haniya Spring||Near Jerusalem||Adult 14 NIS, child 7 NIS||You can find two small pools at this national park.|
|Ein Hemed National Park||Near Jerusalem||Adult 22 NIS, child 9 NIS||There is a small spring, and it is mostly suitable for younger children.|
|Tel Afek (Antipatris), Yarkon National Park||Near Petah Tikva||Adult 28 NIS, child 14 NIS||There is a spring with several paddling pools. Young kids love this place.|
|Hidden Waterfall, Hod Hasharon||Near Hod Hasharon||Free||There is a small waterfall with a nearby pool.|
|The Lea House||Near Hod Hasharon||Free||Lovely place by the Yarkon River.|
|Gan HaShlosha (Sahne) National Park||Beit Shean valley||Adult 39 NIS, child 24 NIS||Pools with picnic area and history.|
|Spring Valley Park: Ein Shokek, Ein Migdal, and Ein Moda||Beit Shean valley||You can walk for free or rent a bicycle/club car.||For additional info, see Nahal Kibbutzim.|
|Ein Yizrael||Near Afula||Free||Picnic area with a pool in the center.|
|Ein Aviel||Near Binyamina||Free||You can swim or walk in Nahal Taninim.|
|Nahal HaShofet||Near Yokneam||Free||Variety of trails (starting from 2km) with several places where you can enter the water.|
|Alroi Spring||Near Kiryat Tiv’on||Free||A Spring with nearby historical and Valley Railway Station.|
|Southern Jordan River||Near the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee||Free||Golan Heights, near the intersection of roads #99 and #989|
|Ein Yivka||Near Kiryat Tiv’on||Free||Ein Yivka, also known as the “Horse Spring,” is one of three springs feeding the Tzipori River. There is a big pool, and you can also hike there.|
|Horshat Tal National Park||Near Kibbutz HaGoshrim||Adult 39 NIS, child 24 NIS||There is a big pool and various other attractions.|
|Saar Falls||Golan Heights, near the intersection of roads #99 and #989||Free||Behind Saar Falls, there is a big pool. There are also trails.|
|Tel Dan Nature Reserve||Not far from Kiryat Shmona||Adult 28 NIS, child 14 NIS||There are many trails, and there is also a wading pool.|
|Ayun Stream and Tanur Waterfall||Near Metula||Adult 28 NIS, child 14 NIS||There are trails and a wading pool by the lower parking.|
I hope this post gave you new suggestions. And if you have any recommendations, leave a comment below.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
Additional ResourcesHere are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.