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Snir Stream Nature Reserve - Hiking by Land and by Water

This fun, circular family hike by the Senir Stream is in the Hula Valley close to Kiryat Shmona. Most of the hike is easy, but some parts are slightly challenging, including a short distance in a shallow part of the river and another section climbing on rocks with the help of conveniently placed handholds.

The Jordan River has 3 mains sources. About half its flow comes from the Dan River, while the Senir and Banias (Hermon) Streams provide about a quarter each. The Senir starts in the Lebanon Valley in Lebanon, where it is known as the Hatsbani. Its river bed is 60 Km long, although it is dry for much of the way. The amount of water flowing is very dependent on the season. These rivers join up at Sde Nehemia to form the Jordan River.

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THE HIKE

 

Time: 1½ hours.

Distance: Just under 3½ Km.

Type of hike: Circular.

Difficulty: Most of the trail is on easy paths. However, there is one section of the hike walking through a shallow part of the stream. It is usually up to one’s ankles. You will need some suitable shoes for the water. If you are using different shoes for dry land and water, some plastic bags for when you take off your wet shoes may be useful. Walking sticks can also be helpful for walking in the stream. There is a section of the hike that uses handholds in the rock, but they are primarily for balance rather than for climbing on.

Directions: Enter “Snir Stream” into Waze and click on “Snir Stream Nature Reserve.” This will bring you to the entrance to the park and then to the parking lot.

Admission: This is a site of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Summer hours are Sunday to Thursday and Saturday 8.00 to 5.00 pm, and Friday and holiday eves 8.00 am to 4.00 pm. Winter hour closing is 1 hour earlier. Be sure to obtain a brochure with a map (also available in English). Their telephone number is 04 695-0064. This is their website. 

Public transport: There is no close bus stop. There are buses from Kiryat Shmona that stop with a 2.9-Km/36-minute walk to the park. Enter "Snir Stream" into Moovit.

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THE HIKE

  • From the parking lot, take the paved path marked “To the trails”. This will take you past a store selling hot and cold drinks and supplies, and then WCs. There is a wading pool here suitable for children that has a pretty waterfall. Nearby, is a shaded picnic area with picnic benches.

  • Follow the sign to the “Senir Stream".  Turn left where you see a red arrow on a rock. You will soon come to the stream.

  • After passing the Travertine Waterfall, there is a section walking in water. There are small boulders in the stream and you will need to walk carefully. Once you have completed this section, there is no further walking in the stream. However, there is a section climbing on rocks. Handholds will help you keep your balance.

 

  • The path then separates from the stream. When you meet the stream again, the path turns towards a revolving gate. Turn left after passing through the gate in the direction of the sign that indicates “Back to Senir Stream picnic area". This part of the hike passes reeds and then orchards. It brings you to the park entrance, then the parking lot and your car.

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