Harod Spring

Gideon's Cave - Ma'ayan Harod - Gideon's Spring

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Location: Harod Spring Nature Reserve.
Harod Valley. Afula–Bet She’an road (Highway 71) 8 km Afula to Gideona.
(32.549671, 35.356001)
Open: Summer Sun-Thu 8-17, Fri 8-16.
Winter Sun-Thu 8-16, Fri 8-15.
Holiday eves 8-13.
Fee: Adults NIS 28, Children (5-18) NIS 14, Students NIS 24, Israeli Seniors NIS 14.
Classification: KarstKarst Spring
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Ma'ayan Harod National Park, Tel: +972 4-653-2211. E-mail:
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Ma'ayan Harod (Harod Spring) rises in a cave on the slope of the Gilboa mountain. The cave was named the (Cave of Gideon) after the Biblical judge, who collected his warriors here to fight the Midianites. In the past, the spring created a swamp and a stream whose waters flowed into Nahal Harod. Then the water was collected by a mill canal or aqueduct to drive two flour mills. The remains of this aqueduct can still be seen inside the national park. The remains of the flour mills also still exist, but they are located outside the park. Today the water flows along a clear brook into a large paddling pools for the visitors the national park.