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Colorful Nahal Betzet National Park

The two sections of Nahal Betzet described are incredibly beautiful. They were even more beautiful before much of the stream disappeared when its water was used for irrigation, although water is now pumped into a small part of the stream bed. The shorter hike starts from the parking lot at Kibbutz Eilon, descends to the spring and walks along part of the stream bed. Many will find this hike adequate for appreciating the beauty of this area. Plus, there is a pool for swimming. The second hike starts from the parking lot at the Daniela Ruins close to Garanot Hagalil and proceeds along the stream bed to Kibbutz Elon. It therefore also covers the area of the first hike.


Time: About 2½ hours.

Type of hike: There and back the same way.

Difficulty: Initially an easy paved path but with a significant incline from the kibbutz down to the spring. Then an easy footpath by the stream.

Directions: Enter “Eilon” into Waze. Continue through the kibbutz until you come to the parking lot for the national park. There is a café close to the parking lot, which is open at popular times. There are also restrooms here. There is no park office and no admission charge.

Public transport: There is a moderately frequent bus service directly to the kibbutz. Enter into Moovit "Elon."


The pool at Nahal Betzet.

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  • From the parking lot, take the paved path down to the stream.

  • On reaching the stream bed turn left towards the spring. You will soon come to a natural pool that can be used for swimming. Its depth is up to about an average adult male’s waist.

  • Now go in the opposite direction along the stream on the blue-marked trail in the direction of the sign Betzet Stream. It is recommended to continue along Nahal Betzak until it meets the dry river bed of Nahal Sharach (although you can go further than this). Depending on the season, this path can be extremely colorful because of the oleander bushes. 

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The path to the spring and pool of Nahal Betzet from Kibbutz Elon.



Time: About 2½ hours.

Distance: 6 km.

Type of hike: One-way.

Difficulty: Slightly difficult initially because of large boulders but there is no climbing.

Directions: Enter into Waze “ חרבת דנילה.” The turn-off to the ruins from Route 899 starts a very short distance to the east of the entrance to Granot HaGalil, on the other side of the road. There is a parking lot and picnic benches at the end of the turn-off.

Public transportThere is a moderately frequent bus service to the turn off to Daniela Ruins from Route 899. Enter “חורבת דנעילה” into Moovit.



  • Proceed along the blue-marked trail to the dry river bed of Nahal Sharakh. The entire route has a gradual descent and is mainly shaded. There is some climbing over boulders in this section, although this is not difficult.

  • Shortly before meeting up with Nahal Betzet there are caves that can be explored. However, this is not permitted from November 1 to March 31 when the bats are hibernating. A sign advises only entering together with someone familiar with this cave. You will be using handholds in the cave.

  • On meeting up with Nahal Betzet the views are much prettier as there is dense foliage along the river bed, which is not the case for Nahal Sharakh. Depending on the season, this can be extremely colorful because of the oleander bushes.

  • After about an hour hiking along Nahal Betzet, you will come to the sign to Kibbutz Elon. From here, you can either continue a short distance along to the river bed to the pool or go directly up to the kibbutz.

  • Ascend the paved path. Go through the two gates. Three hundred meters from the last gate is a kiosk for hot and cold drinks, although this is only open at popular times.

You will now need to get back to your car. This should not be difficult. There is a factory in Kibbutz Elon close to the kiosk that has traffic. There are also hikers leaving who should be willing to take you east along Route 899 to the entrance to Granot HaGalil, and if you are lucky even to the ruins. From the entrance to Granot HaGalil it is about 800 meters to the parking lot for the Daliyot ruins. There is a bus service between Eilon and the turn off to the ruins, although you will need to get your timing right.


Keren Kayemet LeYisrael has prepared a very nice, well-marked, circular footpath from the parking lot to Daniela Ruins. These are Roman, Byzantine and Mamluke and include a building for pressing olives. The trail is red-marked, takes about 20 minutes there and back, and is a total distance of 0.7 Km.

The shorter hike along Nahal Betzet

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