Nachal Amud – נחל עמוד
The Amud Stream is a “miniature Garden of Eden,” a magical creation of nature. Here, along a year-round flowing stream in the shade of groves and fruit trees, the INPA has marked trails where you can spend two to four hours enjoying the beauty and tranquility of nature.
My family spent a wonderful day in this park. We chose a two car solution, leaving one car at the Kfar Shama’i entrance and another at the Ein Bar Yochai camping grounds, famous for Lag B’Omer festivities in Meron. Then we started descending Nachal Meron (#2321 marked black) which is also a section of the Israel Trail (Shvil Yisrael) to Ein Yakim. After having fun in the pool and ate our sandwiches, we ascended the stairs (#2322 marked red) to the Ein Tina Police Station and the Kfar Shamai entrance to the park. Of course we did not forget the ice cream at the local kiosk.
The main points of interests along the Amud Stream are En Yakim (En Tina)-a year-round spring surrounded by fruit trees; some of the largest plane trees in Israel; orchards irrigated by traditional mountain methods, including lemons, apples, dates, olives, plums, figs, pomegranates and grapevines; ancient flour mills; a fulling mill where the Jews of Tsfat worked long ago; a wading pool. Enjoy the shade of the giant dolev (Platanus) trees surrounding the remains of the mill once powered by the stream. Be brave and go under the ancient bridge and jump into the pool.
Near the info center you will see the bullet pocked British Police En Tina Station (in ruins) from the British Mandate period.
How to get there:
Access to the Amud Stream is from the Karmi’el-Meron Junction road (no. 866), about 1.5 km north of Moshav Kfar Shama’i (between kilometer-markers 40 and 41). At this point, a road about 1 km long turns east and reaches the parking area. From there, a walking trail marked in red leads to the stream.
Water and toilets at entrance to the reserve. Info center, picnic tables, food and drink are available at the kiosk in the parking lot.
Overnight camping permitted in the Upper Amud Stream.
Entrance fee: Adult NIS 29; child NIS 15;
Israeli senior citizen: 15
Group (over 30 people): Adult NIS 23; child NIS 14