Autumn in Israel: Where to walk?

Autumn in Israel is a great time to go for a walk or picnic in nature. The weather is amazing most of the time and depending on where you go, you may see leaves that have changed color and lazily fall to the ground. There is something about the advent of a new season that makes people want to get out there and go out into nature for a fun hike.
In spring, everyone wants to see all the new flowers, in summer the sun makes everything so clear and bright, and in winter all the rivers and streams fill up and begin to flow vigorously. In autumn, of course, nothing is more refreshing than breathing in the freshest air and seeing all the trees whose leaves have changed color. Now is one of the best times of the year to experience the change of seasons in Israel’s nature reserves and national parks. Here are four of the best places to enjoy nature and really feel that fall is upon us.

1. Nahal Amud Nature Reserve

Nahal Amud Nature Reserve (credit: ETI KORIAT)

Another great place to visit if you love to see the leaves change color in the fall is the Nahal Amud Nature Reserve. The source of Nahal Amud is in the hills of Upper Galilee, and from there the river flows to the Kinneret at Bik’at Ginossar. At the moment, the tall trees and the floor of the Nahal Amud Nature Reserve are covered in leaves that have changed to beautiful shades of orange and yellow.

Nahal Amud is 22 km away. long and flows all year round. As you walk through the nature reserve, you will see an abundance of plane trees, puddles of water, an old flour mill, several cliffs, and stunning views of the surrounding region. The area is also home to local wildlife such as Palestinian mountain gazelles, wild boars, hyenas, jackals, mongooses, rock hyrax, and bats.

The trail through the Nahal Amud Nature Reserve is suitable for the whole family and passes through a number of interesting stops. For example, you will see the old police station that was active during the British Mandate, the old flour mill that ran on the water that flowed downstream, and the wool processing mill. The operation of the previous three was possible by harnessing the power of flowing water.

Type of hike: Circular path suitable for the whole family.

Addresses: From Highway 866, between the Hananya intersection and the Meron intersection, turn east and drive to the nature reserve. It is located 2 km. north of Kfar Shammai.

2. Alonei Abba Nature Reserve

If the image of a beautiful forest comes to mind when you think of autumn, you will love visiting the Alonei Abba Nature Reserve. Located near Bethlehem of Galilee and Alonei Abba, this nature reserve is a wonderful place for families and couples to get out into nature and enjoy the cool fall weather. There is something magical about watching the leaves change color every year and then watching them slowly descend to the forest floor.

To get to the Alonei Abba Nature Reserve, enter through the main gate located next to the parking area and walk down the main path. This path reaches all the various attractions within the reserve. You will immediately see one of the highlights of the reserve – a hill covered in breathtakingly tall oaks. You will then arrive at a lookout point from which you can see Mount Carmel, the Jezreel Valley, and the hills around Nazareth.

    Alonei Abba Nature Reserve (credit: ETI KORIAT) Alonei Abba Nature Reserve (credit: ETI KORIAT)

The Alonei Abba Nature Reserve is full of flora native to Israel, such as giant carob trees and the Mediterranean smilax, an evergreen climber that is famous for its heart-shaped leaves. Later, the path begins to descend, then continues around a hill and takes you back to the starting point.

Type of hike: Short and circular path suitable for the whole family.

Addresses: Park in the parking area, which is located about 200 meters before the entrance to Moshav Alonei Abba. There is a solid white line separating the two directions of traffic, so you will need to drive towards the moshav and then return and enter the nature reserve from the opposite direction.

3. Einot Telem National Park

    Einot Telem National Park (credit: ACHIYA TOBI) Einot Telem National Park (credit: ACHIYA TOBI)

Located between Jerusalem and Mevaseret Zion, at the top of Nahal Sorek, the park offers a wealth of hiking and biking trails. It’s a great place to get away from your daily grind for a few hours so you can enjoy some peace and quiet, and beautiful natural surroundings. And at this time of year, the park is particularly eye-catching as the leaves have changed color and can be seen floating towards the forest floor after detaching from the tall branches of the trees.

Einot Telem is known for its abundance of small springs, old terraces that were built into the hills for agriculture, fig and pomegranate trees, grape vines, and a fantastic children’s obstacle course built entirely of stone that will keep your kids busy for quite some time. weather. weather. There is also an abandoned house that was probably used by families who built the nearby terraces. There are trail markers visible along the short trail.

Type of hike: Circular path suitable for the whole family.

Addresses: Coming from the west, drive east on Highway 1 and exit at the Motza intersection. Drive through the tunnel that goes under the highway, then drive towards Mevaseret Zion. Turn right onto a dirt road when you see a sign for Park Arazim.

4. A natural reserve in Prat

    Ein Prat Nature Reserve (credit: DORON NISSIM) Ein Prat Nature Reserve (credit: DORON NISSIM)

The Land of Israel may be geographically small, but it is full of surprises. From the northern border to the southern tip of Israel, you will find stunning views and great hiking trails. One of my all-time favorites is Ein Prat, also known as Wadi Kelt, whose pools are an oasis in the middle of the desert.

If you are walking through the reserve after the winter rains have started, you will be able to enjoy the most beautiful blooming of the native flowers of the Land of Israel. But even if it hasn’t rained yet, this is a good time of year to hike this trail as the weather is nice and cool. Even on cold days, whenever you pass the shallow pools at Ein Prat, I can guarantee that you will see people splashing in the water. And the view from the nature reserve over the Judean desert is absolutely magnificent.

If you are hiking with children, you can take the shorter path that passes the pools and then leads to the Monastery of St. George, which was built in the second half of the 4th century AD. From here, you can retrace your steps to return to your car. Some people give up the hike, spread their picnic near the pools, and just hang out there to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Type of hike: Linear walk suitable for families. Parts of the hike are wheelchair accessible.

Addresses: From Almon (aka Anatot), turn south and go through the gate. Drive another 500 m. on a dirt road that turns into a paved road. Drive carefully along this winding road until you reach the parking area.

Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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