Nahal Saar and its waterfalls

This is a picturesque one-way family hike along Nahal Sa’ar. There are a number of small waterfalls along the route and a large waterfall at the end of the hike, although there is only flowing water during the winter months. This should not detract from this hike which offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside all year round. How to get back to your car needs to be thought out in advance.

THE HIKE 

 

Time: 2 hours.

Distance: Almost 4 Km.

Type of hike: One-way.

Difficulty: Much of the path is very easy, but there are areas with rocks in the path, particularly towards the beginning and end of the hike when there are descents and ascents.

Directions: Enter into Waze “״גשר הידידות. The Nahal Saar upper parking lot is on the left  just before the bridge. There are some shaded stones if you need to picnic here. At the corner of the parking lot is a green marking for the trail.

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THE HIKE:

 

You will need to decide in advance how you are going to get back to your starting point from the end of the hike at the Nahal Saar Lookout. You could just turn around and hike back. Some people are fortunate to have a party with two cars. Attempting to get a taxi with Getz or hitch-hiking is also possible. The distance is not that far by car and many cars are going along Route 99 in the direction of Ein Kunya, although not necessarily along the road to the village. It’s a significant distance from Route 99 to the parking lot.

 

  • The green trail continues along the side of the valley. On the other side of the valley are the orchards of Ein Kunya which extend from the hills almost to the bank of the nahal and the views are very picturesque.

 

  • Just before an olive grove, the green-marked trail is on the right and descends a bit towards the stream.

  • There are a number of waterfalls to be seen along the route, but only when water is flowing. This can sometimes be as late as May. When the water is flowing there are pools by the waterfalls which can be used for swimming.

  • On reaching Route 99, the trail continues initially along the side of the road and then parts from the road.

  • Finally, cross Route 99. Continue along a gravel path for a view of the waterfall. There is a bridge which allows one to view the waterfall from the middle of the wadi and even to go to the other side of the wadi.  If you continue along the gravel path, you come to the parking area for the waterfall. There is an observation area. On the other side of Route 99, there are some restaurants.

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Trail along Nahal Saar. To follow your location on your smart phone, click on https://israelhiking.osm.org.il/share/7cgvRzXfe6. Click on the black box with a cross at the top left of the map and it should change color to green. It is not necessary to download the program unless you wish to.