The fall season is a great time for hiking. The weather is comfortable, the fall and the buds of the rain change the surface of nature and make it especially spectacular. There is something about the change of seasons that appeals to hiking enthusiasts. Maybe it’s the short momentum that allows you to enjoy the wonders of nature. In spring it is the wonderful bloom, in summer it is the bright light that illuminates every magical corner, in winter it is the spectacular flow of streams, and in autumn it is the beautiful projection that opens our hearts. Now that we are at the height of the transition season and nature has changed its face to a reddish brown color, nature reserves and national parks are inviting than ever. Just before the rains come, here is a recommendation for four fall trails that are suitable for the whole family.
Aloni Abba Nature Reserve
If thoughts of autumn evoke in you associations of a magical forest, Aloni Abba Reserve is the place for you. The reserve, which is a short distance from Bethlehem in the Galilee and Aloni Abba, is one of the favorite places for families and couples looking for a corner of nature during the fall and winter months. These days, as we part from the scorching sun, the special reserve is painted in fall colors and creates a feeling as if we have jumped for a moment into picturesque Europe.
Getting to the reserve is easy and uncomplicated: near the parking lot, go up through the main gate that leads to the path that crosses the reserve.
This is the main path that leads to all the attractions in the place, through which you climb up to one of the highlights of the reserve – a hill where impressive Tabor and oak trees await us. Further on, there is also a charming observation point from which you can see the nearby localities, the Carmel, the Jezreel Valley and the Nazareth Mountains. Along the entire route you will see typical Israeli vegetation. Among other things, it grows in a thorny ivy reserve, which is loved by plant lovers due to its special leaves that are heart-shaped. You will also be impressed by the tall carob trees, which enrich the landscape. After all this you can continue with the trail – this time down. The trail bypasses the hill and returns to the starting point.
Nature of the route: A circular route, short and suitable for the whole family.
How to get there: The reserve’s parking lot, about 200 meters before the entrance to Aloni Abba. Due to a continuous white dividing line on the road, access to the parking lot by car is only allowed to those coming from the direction of Aloni Abba.
Nahal Amud Nature Reserve
Another place that is great to watch in the unique colors and different leaves that pile up on the ground is the Nahal Amud Reserve. The stream, which originates in the peaks of the Upper Galilee, runs a long way until it empties into the Sea of Galilee in the Ginosar Valley area. These days the reserve has a special look thanks to the tall trees on which the colorful ones are scattered in every corner.
The stream is about 22 kilometers long and flows all year round. Its route is rich in spectacular landscapes, cliffs, dense woodland and plane trees, inviting pools of water, the remains of a flour mill and more. Not only landscapes The reserve, in Nahal Amud Chai has a rich variety of animals, including Israeli deer, wild boars, hyenas, jackals, mongooses, rock rabbits and bats.
The route on the site is suitable for the whole family and passes through the main points of interest of the reserve. It passes by the remains of a police station that operated during the British Mandate, thence to an ancient flour mill that operated thanks to the steady water flow of the creek, and then to a wool processing workshop. The sites within the reserve attest to the importance of the creek, which attracted people to different periods in history – from the prehistoric period.
Nature of the route: A light, circular route.
How to get there: From Highway 866 between Hanania Junction and Meron Junction, two kilometers north of Kfar Shamai.
Einot Telem National Park
If traveling abroad seems like a distant dream to you, you can recharge your batteries and feel the European experience at Einot Telem National Park. The park, which occupies a significant part of Jerusalem Park, sits in the upper section of Nahal Sorek. The perfect place for those who want to break away from reality, connect to the quiet and enjoy the stunning projection. Picnic lovers will fall in love with the place, surrounded by small springs, ancient terraces, fruit trees (vine, fig and pomegranate), stone steps The eye is for amateur photographers.The building is a lone relic of attempts by various settlers to revive the place and establish an agricultural farm there.Throughout the garden there is a short and controlled route.
Nature of the route: A circular route suitable for families.
How to get there: From Road No. 1 (Tel Aviv-Jerusalem), get off at the Motza interchange, go through a tunnel under the road and climb a little on the road to Mevaseret. The “Arazim Park” sign will signal you to turn right, onto a controlled dirt road.
Ein Prat Nature Reserve
Although Israel is small, it inevitably has quite a few surprises. From north to south there are a variety of unique landscapes, one of the most beautiful among them in my eyes is Ein Prat. Ein Prat is no less an exciting oasis, and if you sit at the foot of the springs in it, with the trees scattered in the reserve sheltered above you, you will surely feel the Israeli autumn. And if you manage to arrive just in time, you can also expect the seasonal bloom that comes with the first rain. But even if you do not, you can enjoy a nature reserve that combines on the one hand cool water pools, and on the other hand a breathtaking desert view.
All this beauty is accompanied by eucalyptus trees that give a special autumnal garnet. If you are traveling with children, you can take a short route that passes through the pools and reaches as far as Paran Monastery (Khariton), which was established sometime in the second half of the fourth century AD. From the monastery one should return again on the same route to the starting point. If you have fallen in good weather and do not feel like walking, you can just relax by the pools, have a picnic and enjoy the changing nature around you. And of course, throwing around just adds to the beautiful scenery anyway.
Nature of the route: A linear route, suitable for families. The route is partially accessible.
How to get there: From the settlement of Almon (Anatot), turn immediately south to a side gate, exit through it, drive about 500 meters on a dirt road, and take a paved road. Drive carefully, because the road is winding and down to the parking lot.
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