Nahal Katlav

Region: Judea and Samaria, Track Duration: About 3-4 hours, Starting Point: Bar-Bahar parking lot, Nes Harim Junction, Ending Point: In the courtyard of the Nahal Sorek reserve, Track Type: Walking
Source: Tourism of Mateh Yehuda
Region: Judea and Samaria

The Route: 
Starting point: At the "BarBahar" parking lot, on the right is a wide dirt path marked with black. 
After about 100m you can see on the right, a trail marked with red, turn and go down the scenic path among the trees overlooking the surrounding area, connect to the black markers and go down to Ein Giora. 
From there continue this marking and descend to the riverbed. 
You will see many Arbutus trees in the area and seasonal flowers. 
Past the Ein Katlav Dam and finish at the Bar Giora Railway Station. 
Over a small bridge at Nahal Sorek, where sewage flows, and you will find your car. 

Less than 100 meters away, you arrive at a rest stop under the shadow of an oak tree. 

On the way to Ein Giora: Continue on a dirt path leading to the spring, a storage pool and the remains of an ancient farm. 
In recent years the spring is dry, one can only imagine how the place looked when the pool was filled with water. 

We enter the thicket of the grove: descend towards Nahal Katlav, on a steep descent, through a Mediterranean grove, where, among other things, Arbutus trees. 

Walking through the riverbed: Walking through the riverbed, where you can see a number of small pools called Ein Ketlav, you walk until you reach a large water pipe. You continue to the old building of a Turkish train station that ran on the Jaffa-Jerusalem line. 

Bar Giora Railway Station: In 1892 a Turkish railway was inaugurated from Jaffa to Jerusalem. This was part of tremendous development throughout the Land of Israel, and Jerusalem in particular. 
At the train station, trains were stopped to cool the steam engines that drove the train, with the spring water therein. 

Arriving at the finish: Walk until you reach the bridge that runs over Nahal Sorek and connects to a wide dirt path - this is where the track ends. 

How to get there? 

From those coming from central Israel - on Highway 1, Tel Aviv - Jerusalem, exit Sha'ar Hagai interchange to the right and drive on Route 38 Sha'ar Hagai - Beit Jubrin. At the first traffic lights after Moshav Naham (Beit Shemesh police station) turn left onto the Beit Shemesh bypass road and continue on your way to the second roundabout at the Mahseya junction, turn left towards the stalactite cave and Moshav Nes Harim (road 3886). Take a steep, winding road past Moshav Nes Harim on the right and continue until you see the BarBahar parking lot on the left. 
When you arrive from Jerusalem - Route 1, (Jerusalem - Tel Aviv) you turn right at the Harel interchange, turn left at the first traffic light to Castel, and continue to Sattaf Square where you turn left towards Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. - at Kerem junction turn right to road 386 and continue for 20 minutes until you reach the Nes Harim junction, turn right at the junction and then right again to the "BarBahar" parking lot where the route begins.

Products specifications
Region Judea and Samaria
Trail Type Walking
Near To Beit Shemesh
Starting Point Bar-Bahar parking lot, Nes Harim Junction
Ending Point In the courtyard of the Nahal Sorek reserve
Difficulty Level Easy
Suitable for Children Yes
Trail Length About two and a half kilometers
Trail Duration About 3-4 hours
Accessibility No
Best season All year long
Suitable for Picnics Yes
Parking Free of Charge
Drinking water Not Available
Bathing Waters Yes
Special Equipment Hiking boots, hat, water, sunscreen

The Route: 
Starting point: At the "BarBahar" parking lot, on the right is a wide dirt path marked with black. 
After about 100m you can see on the right, a trail marked with red, turn and go down the scenic path among the trees overlooking the surrounding area, connect to the black markers and go down to Ein Giora. 
From there continue this marking and descend to the riverbed. 
You will see many Arbutus trees in the area and seasonal flowers. 
Past the Ein Katlav Dam and finish at the Bar Giora Railway Station. 
Over a small bridge at Nahal Sorek, where sewage flows, and you will find your car. 

Less than 100 meters away, you arrive at a rest stop under the shadow of an oak tree. 

On the way to Ein Giora: Continue on a dirt path leading to the spring, a storage pool and the remains of an ancient farm. 
In recent years the spring is dry, one can only imagine how the place looked when the pool was filled with water. 

We enter the thicket of the grove: descend towards Nahal Katlav, on a steep descent, through a Mediterranean grove, where, among other things, Arbutus trees. 

Walking through the riverbed: Walking through the riverbed, where you can see a number of small pools called Ein Ketlav, you walk until you reach a large water pipe. You continue to the old building of a Turkish train station that ran on the Jaffa-Jerusalem line. 

Bar Giora Railway Station: In 1892 a Turkish railway was inaugurated from Jaffa to Jerusalem. This was part of tremendous development throughout the Land of Israel, and Jerusalem in particular. 
At the train station, trains were stopped to cool the steam engines that drove the train, with the spring water therein. 

Arriving at the finish: Walk until you reach the bridge that runs over Nahal Sorek and connects to a wide dirt path - this is where the track ends. 

How to get there? 

From those coming from central Israel - on Highway 1, Tel Aviv - Jerusalem, exit Sha'ar Hagai interchange to the right and drive on Route 38 Sha'ar Hagai - Beit Jubrin. At the first traffic lights after Moshav Naham (Beit Shemesh police station) turn left onto the Beit Shemesh bypass road and continue on your way to the second roundabout at the Mahseya junction, turn left towards the stalactite cave and Moshav Nes Harim (road 3886). Take a steep, winding road past Moshav Nes Harim on the right and continue until you see the BarBahar parking lot on the left. 
When you arrive from Jerusalem - Route 1, (Jerusalem - Tel Aviv) you turn right at the Harel interchange, turn left at the first traffic light to Castel, and continue to Sattaf Square where you turn left towards Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. - at Kerem junction turn right to road 386 and continue for 20 minutes until you reach the Nes Harim junction, turn right at the junction and then right again to the "BarBahar" parking lot where the route begins.

Products specifications
Region Judea and Samaria
Trail Type Walking
Near To Beit Shemesh
Starting Point Bar-Bahar parking lot, Nes Harim Junction
Ending Point In the courtyard of the Nahal Sorek reserve
Difficulty Level Easy
Suitable for Children Yes
Trail Length About two and a half kilometers
Trail Duration About 3-4 hours
Accessibility No
Best season All year long
Suitable for Picnics Yes
Parking Free of Charge
Drinking water Not Available
Bathing Waters Yes
Special Equipment Hiking boots, hat, water, sunscreen