From a Magnificent Ancient Synagogue to Tree-Shaded Pools in the Nachal Samakh Riverbed

The Hike:

Our hike begins next to the Ein Keshatot National Heritage Site. It’s worth your while to see the arched spring, and the impressive ancient synagogue that was restored with cutting-edge technology. The massive stone arches above the spring were built during the Roman Period, and gave the site its Arab name: Um el-Kanatir. It can be translated into English as “The Site of the Great Arches”. The Hebrew name Ein Keshatot means “The Spring of the Arches”.

We will descend to the riverbed and stop where Nachal El-Al flows into Nachal Samakh; there are shallow pools here with clean, refreshing water. Thanks to the plane and willow trees, this beautiful spot has wonderful shade and is a great rest stop.

We then ascend from Nachal Samakh, and finish our hike at the Ein T’ayna spring.


Ein Keshatot – Drive north from Hispin on Road 808, and turn west (left) to Natur. After 3.2 kilometers, turn south (left) on the road, and continue driving until you reach the entrance to the Ein Keshatot site (since the gate to Ein Keshatot is locked after opening hours, leaving your car inside the gate is not recommended). From here, descend by foot on a jeep road, adjacent to the site’s fence, until you reach the Golan Trail.

Note: There is an entrance fee to Ein Keshatot. You can enter the lower gate of the site that is next to the village spring; you’ll find an intercom there that can open the gate for you during the site’s opening hours. For more information, see

Nachal T’ayna on Road 789 – From Kursi Junction, drive up Road 789 (east) a little more than 7 kilometers, until you reach a dirt road that goes down from the road to the west. You can park your car right next to the Golan Trail sign, since it’s not recommended to park on the side of the road.

Hiking Rules & Safety:

*In the Golan, it is strictly forbidden to cross fences or wander off the marked trail; in a number of places, the path goes near minefields.

*It is forbidden to enter IDF live-fire training areas.

*In the Golan, you will see many cattle fences; make sure you cross only at the official crossing points. Open the gate, and remember to close it behind you! It is forbidden to climb or cut fences.

*Be very careful when crossing or walking on roads.

*Overnight camping is allowed only at official campsites. Don’t camp out in the middle of a trail segment, or anywhere that is not an approved campsite.

*It is strictly forbidden to burn toilet paper. Don’t light a fire under trees, and never leave a campfire unattended.

*Make sure you take your trash with you, and leave sites cleaner than when you arrived.

Thank you, and enjoy your hike!






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