Gan Hashlosha is one the most beautiful places in Israel with large pools fed from an underground spring that cascade over waterfalls and are surrounded by palm trees and green lawns. It is called Gan HaShlosha after three pioneers who were killed by a landmine in 1938 while patrolling the valley. Its Arabic name is the Sachne. The pools are wonderful for swimming, and the water is at a constant and very comfortable 28 degrees Centigrade year-round. To be visited in the park at no extra charge is the restored Tower and Stockade Heritage Site of former Nir David. The original was erected in one night in 1936. There is also a Bell Garden and an archeological museum.
Directions: Enter “Gan Hashlosha” on Waze and click on “Gan HaShlosha National Park.”
Entrance: The park is operated by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Admission is reduced for those with an annual pass but is not free. Hours are from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm April to September Sunday to Thursday. Saturday and Friday, and holiday eves 8.00 am-4.00 pm. It closes 1 hour earlier during the winter and Friday hours are 8.00 am-1.00 pm.
There are plenty of shaded picnic tables, although if the place is crowded you may have to go further from the pools to find one. There is a convenience store that sells hot and cold drinks and snacks. Barbecues and charcoal are also sold at the store. Their phone number is 04 658-6219. This is their web site.
The pools are deep and therefore only suitable for swimmers or children with a flotation device. However, there is a shallow part of the main pool which is separated off for children. There are lifeguard observation points for all the pools. No special footwear is required, since you will not be touching the ground when you are in the water, except when standing by the sides. There are WC’s and showers.
There are other activities to do here besides swimming and picnicking. By the far end of the parking lot is the “Footprints in the Valley” museum and activity center that is open Sunday to Thursday 10.00 am-2.00 pm. This consists of a Bell Garden with different types of restored bells used in pioneer times for different occasions and a reconstructed stockade and tower site based on the model of Nir David or Tel Amal, this being the first of the tower and stockade settlements erected in Israel. The rooms can be walked through and examined. There is a museum of regional archeology on the southern side of the river which can be accessed from the Stockade and Tower site by a footbridge and which includes antiquities found in the Beit Shean Valley. There is also a reconstructed 200-year-old flour mill by the Mill Snack Bar.
Exhibit in the Bell Garden
Tower and stockade exhibit