Amud and Meron Streams – Water among Orchards

Pouring its water into Amud stream, the Meron stream is part of the Upper Galilee's drainage basin. This route passes amidst springs, orchards, fruit trees, water-pools and ruins of ancient inhabitations. Today due to some reclamation works of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, the stream is a well-organized neat place with facilities for night camping. Entrance fee included. The abundance of pure spring water contributes a paradise-like feeling to the walk. The itinerary is a nice calm all-year-round water route.
Updated at: 18/2/2016




Half a Day


Moderate, 3 Km


All year

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Getting there

Access to Amud stream is from Karmi’el Route—Meron Junction, about 1.5 km [0.9 mile] north to Moshav Kefar-Shama’I (Route 866 between km stones 41 and 40). [1] The one-km access road turns east until reaching a parking lot [2]. Follow a footpath marked red in the footpath marking that leaves the parking and leads to the stream.

The Itinerary

Fee included for entering the route. The site’s telephone no. is 046999984.

Hiking starts next to a concrete British police outpost named Ein a-Tina that used to guard the route to the spring water. After going down on a quite long descent we shall arrived to a flourmill that up until the twentieth century was activated by water energy for milling grains. The mill was built next to a spring called Ein Yakim that feeds the stream [3]. From here we could chose either to walk on the right or left bank of the stream. Whatever choice you’d take, remember to walk on the opposite side when you’ll return back.

Continue east with the stream. The beautiful orchards along the stream had been once tended by the Arab residents of this area. Now they are irrigated by stream water cannels and concrete pools. Today maintenance work to tend the orchards is done by INPA employees who in a manner similar to that of the Jerusalem mountains’ spring Sataf, exercise simple methods of ancient terrace agriculture.

In our way we shall meet with a fulling mill which means workshop for the wool processing industry one of  the Jews of Tsfat’s main pursuit. The same as the flourmill, the work of the fulling mill was also based on water energy for moving huge wooden fulling stocks [wooden hummers] that pounded the wool [scouring], at one point of its processing.

We are certainly going to meet in our path with the many water-pools. It is most recommended to enter them and wet your feet in the water but more important is not to trash garbage behind you.   

Even if you aren’t going to arrive here during spring, most chances are that you'll find many kinds of flowers that illuminate the stream with their blossoming. The place is the largest habitat in Israel of common ivy which can be seen twined upon fences, trees, and stone walls. in the slopes and down in the valleys there are spots of common myrtle, but the unique fauna of Amud stream does not end with its plants – rather if forms some varied habitats: it has a convoluted jungle of Mediterranean forest, scrubland of typical batha that grows on its slopes, and a yearlong shrub-steppe on the foots of its crags down the stream. The flora on the riverbed is also varied: beginning in the upper part of the stream, in the fountain area, there is a lush of oriental plane trees and common willows, and with the decreasing of its water, the oleanders take command while only lilac caste tree and Christ thorns jujube grow on its arid areas.

After about a 1.5-km [0.9 mile] walk we shall meet with the Sechvi pool [4], the place where the two streams join together where you can find some rest, swim in the water, and mostly – enjoy the shadow supplied by the huge oriental plane trees, certainly because they are the biggest wild trees in Israel. Along this part of our tour we shall meet with cactus fences, fig trees, pomegranates, olives, Judah’s trees, as well as sweet bay, which is usually known after its folkloristic name, laurel.

Many animals also follow their path to water in the area. Apart from porcupines, bores, hyraxes, jackals, foxes, and chukar partridges, in the not so far past the Anatolian leopard, a small size subspecies, was also been seen in this area, but unfortunately the last documentation of this specie is from 1964 from when it was hunted.

Tips for Continuing the Itinerary

From here you can choose one of possible ways to prolong your trip:

  1. Potentially most of you will choose it – to return as we arrived but in the opposite bank of the stream and upward toward the parking where we should leave our car.
  2. For those who want to make a variation in the way back to the cars - 200 m [660 feet] after returning from Sechvi pool, follow a footpath marked black in the footpath marking [5] which will finally take you to the a-Tina police outpost.
  3. Continue in Amud stream until it intersects with Akko-Tsfat road where another vehicle should be left or should you decide to meet with the famous "pillar" [amud in Hebrew] on behalf which the whole stream is called, continue to walk until the estuary of the stream in the Sea of Galilee, and then a car also should be left there.
  4. Continue east with a footpath marked green to Ein Zeitim and Birya where it is also necessary to leave a car.

Continue south with Amud stream in a footpath marked black another 4 km [2.5 miles] and then climb east with a footpath marked blue to Tsfat – the best recommended itinerary for it allow returning back with public transportation. 

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