Beautiful Nahal Zippori to Ein Yivka

This is a beautiful circular hike in the western Lower Galilee along Nahal Zippori. The first 25-minute section is on a tayelet, a flat paved walkway, and is suitable for a stroller or wheelchair. Some people will be satisfied with just this. Half the hike is on the Israel National Trail (Schvil Yisra'el). 

Nahal Zippori is a 32-Km stream that winds between the rolling hills of the Lower Galilee beginning by Zippori and draining into the Kichon River. It is fed by a number of springs, such that there is usually flowing water even in the summer. Flintstones and pottery found in the valley indicate that this area was inhabited from prehistoric times, from as far back as the Neolithic period from about 8,000 BCE. After the Bar Kochba revolt and the resulting Jewish immigration to the Lower Galilee, this area became populated with Jewish settlements. 

THE HIKE

 

Time: : Just over 2½ hours.

Distance: Approximately 8½ Km.

Type of hike: Circular.

Difficulty: Very easy.

Directions: Enter into Waze “Ras Ali” and click on “Ras Ali טיילת נחל ציפורי.” This brings you to the parking lot for the tayelet.

The mill.jpeg

THE HIKE 

  • Descend from the parking lot to the tayelet, which is a paved pathway. This section takes about 25 minutes one-way and is a distance of approximately 1 Km. The tayelet ends at a water mill.

 

The many areas of grass along the river are usually green whatever the season and can be used for picnicking, as can the expanse of grass by the mill. The water mill, which is now deserted, is one of many water mills constructed along the river. It was built by Druze from Daliat-El-Carmel and subsequently bought and operated by Carmelite monks in the 1800s. Water was channeled from the Yivka Spring several kilometers away (to be visited) to operate the mill. This had two stories and two mills.

 

  • For the circular hike, continue along the Schvil Yisrael by crossing the stream on the concrete blocks just after the mill. This will take you into the hills overlooking the river. Follow the markings for the Israel National Trail (Schvil Yisra'el) and after about 80 minutes from the beginning of the hike you will arrive at Ein Yivka. It has a quite a large pool and at a depth of about 50 cm can be used for swimming.

 

  • To return, it is possible to go back along the Israel National Trail (Schvil Yisra'el) the way you came. However, for variety and to save about 15-minutes this can be made into a circular trail by returning on the paved road on the opposite side of the river to the Schvil Yisra'el trail. This will take you to the end of the tayelet by the Carmelite water mill, and from here it is a 25-minute walk back to your car.

The Carmelite watermill, now deserted.

The Nahal Zippori.jpeg
Ein Yivka.jpeg

Ein Yivka is deep enough for kids to swim in.

Flowers.jpeg

II could not resist photographing this field full of flowers close to the stream.