Purchase one ticket for both sections of Yarkon and Tel Afek National Park: -Tel Afek and the Yarkon Sources. The Yarkon Sources is a perfect choice for families and bikes, but not for carriages. Take your camera with you to capture good shots of the nofar-lilies and the parrots that have escaped from Tel Aviv households.
A family friendly trail leads from the upper Yarkon Stream near Tel Afek and continues to the Yarkon sources. Here is where you see the beautiful yellow water lily, which blooms in summer. Length of tour: 2 hours-all day. Best season: Year-round.
Hours: April-September 8 A.M.-5 P.M. October-March 8 A.M- 4 P.M. Last entry one hour before above closing hour
Phone: Yarkon sources 03-934-8462
Entrance fee required. Pets prohibited
How to get there: The Yarkon sources entrance to the park is east of the Hod-HaSharon-Petah Tikva road (no. 40) between the Yarkon and Segula junctions. Bus 561 from Tel Aviv stops at the Baptist Village near the Yarkon sources entrance.
El-Mir Flour Mill
The vaulted el-Mir flour mill, one of the many flour mills scattered along the river, the easternmost mill on the Yarkon is named after a hamlet with the same name. It was operated by Yarkon water that was diverted toward it by a dam and canals. The el-Mir mill consisted of 13 pairs of millstones and it was operated during the initial years of the Moshava Petach Tikvah.
Photos of the walled Kassar Courtyard, with its well and reservoir, owned by Salim Kassar a merchant from Jaffa during the 19 century, sold to the Jewish pioneers of Petah Tikva in the 19th century. The farm an “antilia well” from which water was hoisted in buckets by a water wheel for irrigating the mansion’s sugar cane and orange plantations.
Nofar (yellow water lily)