Nachal Ayun Stream passes through The Iyon (Tanur) Stream Nature Reserve from the Ayun Valley in the “Finger of Galilee” south to the Hula Valley. There is a beautiful gorge with many flowing waterfalls. These waterfalls flow all year round, and along the channel there is an abundance of water vegetation. The major attraction in the gorge is the waterfalls.
This video shows the Tanur Waterfall, the Ayun Waterfall and the Tahana Waterfall.
Tahana (Mill) Waterfall – Nachal Ayun
The Mill Waterfall is relatively broad, 21 meters high, alongside which are the remains of a flour mill that, in the past, was the only flour mill in the country under Jewish ownership.
Eshed (Cascades) Waterfall – Nachal Ayun
Eshed waterfall consists both the 9.5 m upper fall and the 5 m bottom fall. The old Metulla graveyard is nearby.
Ayun Waterfall (Iyon Waterfall) – Nachal Ayun
The Iyon Waterfall is 9.2 m high. The concrete wall on its top was built during WW2 by the British, who feared Germans invasion from the north. The wall also served to store water which was used by the British for pumping water for their camps.
Tanur Waterfall – Nachal Ayun
The Tanur Waterfall is 30 m. high, one of the highest perennial streams in Israel. The name of the waterfall has two explanations:
- The shape that looks very much like the “Tanur“, the long skirt worn by Lebanese Arab women.
- Another origin might be from its shape which resembles a Tabun stove chimney.
This video shows Tanur Waterfall (מפל תנור) and Tahana Waterfall (מפל תחנה)
How to get there:
To the Tanur Waterfall – From the Kiryat Shmona-Metula road, turn east about one kilometer south of Metula.
To the Iyon Waterfall and the stream – Take the road that begins at the northeastern end of Metula, near the border fence.
Trail for disabled persons and for children’s strollers – the last part of the walking route in the nature reserve, from the Tanur Waterfall down to the southern camping site has been made accessible for people who have difficulty walking.