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Amsa Spring in the Shomron – Maayan Amsa near Har Bracha in Samaria

The spring (מעיין עמשא) empties into three pools of varying depths, ranging from about 10 cm deep to 40 cm deep. The site also boasts a number of picnic tables and parking nearby; a lovely spot for a picnic and dip in the water on a hot summer day.

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Ancient and Modern Hammat Gader – Ancient Roman Bathhouse and hot springs

Ancient Hammat Gader

Ancient Hammat Gader was a bathhouse located on natural thermal mineral hot springs. Five springs fed the ancient bathhouse, which was the second most luxurious bathhouse in the 4th century Roman Empire.

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Ein Mokesh Spring in the Golan Heights – Landmine spring in the Golan

Ein Mokesh is a spring in the Golan Heights. Located near Kibbutz Ein Zivan, the spring was a popular place to visit even when it was surrounded by a minefield. It has since been cleaned up, so that guests won’t step in the minefield by mistake. However, it has maintained its name “Ein Mokesh”, or “Landmine Spring”, to remind us of the way it used to be.

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Ein Ampi spring in the Golan Heights – En Eucalyptus Spring in the Golan

Ein Ampi, also known as Ein Eucalyptus, is a lovely spring in the Golan Heights. The clear water varies from 0.5 meters to 1.5 meters in depth. Wide stones surround the pool, laid out as steps leading into the water, reminding one of an amphitheater. The eucalyptus trees provide shade even in the heat of summer.

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Hike at Jilaboun Stream – Gilabon and Devora Waterfalls in the Golan

The Jilaboun Stream is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Golan Heights. The fifteen kilometer long stream is formed from runoff from Mount Avital and Mount Shifon, and the water is carried into the Jordan River. Due to the height difference between the Golan Heights and the Hula Valley, a canyon was created, and the water is carried through waterfalls and pools.

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Ein Moda Spring in the Beit She’an Valley – En Moda Spring in Israel

Ein Moda Spring is located in the Beit She’an Valley. Although the valley is dry and hot, it has numerous springs. Ein Moda is one of the sweetest springs in the Beit She’an Valley. The spring flows all year round and has a constant temperature of 24 degrees Celsius.

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Nahal Senir National Park – Hikes in the Snir River national park

Nahal Senir National Park is a short fun family hike, through the Snir River. The Snir river, also known as the Hatsbani river, is the longest of the Jordan river tributaries. Beginning in Lebanon, it is 65 kilometers long.  Its main springs are the Hasbaya in Lebanon and the Wazani on the Israel-Lebanon border. Most of the water flowing comes from the Wazani spring, as the Hasbaya is used for agricultural use in Lebanon.

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Easy Hike to Nahal Zevital – Swim in the Zevitan pool in the Golan

Nahal Zavitan, or the Zevitan River, is the longest stream in the Golan Heights. The stream is 19 km long and runs to the Beit Tzaida basin at the Sea of Galilee. The stream runs through basalt canyons, creating pools and flowing down waterfalls. The water is cold and refreshing and swimming is allowed in the Zevitan pools.

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Nahal Yehudiya Hikes – waterfalls and pools in the Yehudiya Forest Nature Reserve

Nahal Yehudiya is a challenging but fun hike. The hike takes you into the canyon, down the waterfalls, and along the flowing water. The canyon is filled with greenery, so most of the time you are walking in the shade. Wild oleanderis common, casting its pink flowers through the lush greenery.

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Hurshat Tal National Park – park with man-made swimming pool in Galil

Hurshat Tal national park is located in the Galil, near Kiryat Shmona. One of the tributaries to the Dan River cuts through the park, flowing through a large man-made pool with freezing cold water. The water is 12 degrees C (55F) all year round. The pool is sectioned into a shallow area and two deep areas, and lifeguards are in attendance.

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Einot Tzukim Nature Reserve – Enot Tsukim Spring – Ein Feshkha Spring

The Einot Tzukim Nature  Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world. It consists of three parts, the closed reserve on the north, the open reserve in the middle, and the hidden reserve on the South. The closed reserve is completely closed off to visitors, to protect the native fauna and flora of the area. The middle area includes pools of mineral water for bathing in, lined by high shady foliage. The hidden reserve can be entered only with a guide; Guided tours are generally available on weekends, but can be arranged at any time.

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Ein Fara Spring – En Prat Spring – Nahal Prat Nature Reserve

Nahal Prat is a canyon created by a riverbed running from North of Jerusalem to the Jordan River above the Dead Sea. It is located in the Judean desert. Nahal Prat, also refered to as Wadi Kelt, has three main springs. Ein Prat, also known as Ein Fara, is the upper spring. Ein Fawwar, also known as Ein Maboa, is the middle spring. Ein Kelt is the lower spring. The Prat River is also fed by flash floods in Israel’s Judean hills.

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