A beautiful spring and picnic area in the Judean Hills near Kibbutz Tzova
Directions: From Route 1, exit at the Mevasseret Tzion interchange and go towards the Sataf traffic circle (route 386) and then towards Kibbutz Tzova (route 395). From Route 38, go towards Eshtaol and then take route 395 through Ramat Raziel and continuing to Kibbutz Tzova. Enter the kibbutz and continue past the hotel guest rooms and its sports field. You will soon see a glass factory on your left. Continue straight up a narrow paved road, passing the trail on your left toward Tel Tzova. Go down the hill and soon you will see a turn to the right will a sign for the ma’ayan (spring). Park in the parking area.
Next to the parking area (in the trees) there is a picnic area with tables and water. (Sorry, no bathrooms.)
Walk for 5-10 minutes down the trail. When you get to a fork in the road make a right turn. Walk a few more minutes and you will see an entrance to the spring area on your left. Go down the steps to the shaded and grass area. Water from the spring is channeled to a nice little pool on the level below you. Young children will have an enjoyable time here.
The water was used for thousands of years to irrigate the fields below. During the second temple period (over 2000 years ago) a tunnel was made to get better access to the water source. Access to this 40 meter long tunnel is by prior arrangement via a member of the kibbutz (054) 563-7068.
There is a small fee to enter the tunnel. It is worth visiting. Although they do provide interior lighting, bring a flashlight with you.
I suggest visiting this site in conjunction with Tel Tzova.