Pinsteps. Historical and Natural Wonders: Binyamina Quarry and Nahal Taninim in Carmel Hike
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At this point in the hike through the Carmel region, you can observe the typical garigue above the Binyamina quarry and the Nahal Taninim valley.

The Binyamina Quarry was established in the early 1930s. Initially, it was developed by PIC"A to construct the Binyamina-Pardes Hanna road. Later, workers formed a cooperative society and took over its management. With the outbreak of World War II, the quarry was taken over by Solel Boneh. It played a significant role in providing construction materials and especially in separating gravel and transporting it to train carriages.

In the rehabilitation works around Nahal Taninim following the 1991-1992 floods and excavations in the early 2000s, remnants of a large dam known before the rehabilitation works were found. This dam created a lake that supplied water to the lower aqueduct and operated flour mills. There are also remnants of Crocodilopolis from the Persian period and remains from the Byzantine settlement. South of the lake are remnants of the ancient Roman aqueduct that supplied water to Caesarea. In 1898, a bridge was built over the stream of the river to facilitate the passage of German Emperor Wilhelm II's carriage on his way from Haifa to Jaffa and Jerusalem during his visit to Israel. The bridge was partly destroyed and was reconstructed and restored in 2020.

Nahal Taninim is known not only for its historical significance but also for its natural beauty. Israeli songwriter Ehud Manor, born in Binyamina, wrote a song about Nahal Taninim, composed by Nahum Heiman and performed by Chava Alberstein.

This part of the hike, with its blend of history, archaeology, and natural beauty, offers a unique and immersive experience, connecting the past with the present in the scenic backdrop of the Carmel region.

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Hiking trip to Hotam HaCarmel in Binyamina-Giv'at Ada of Dec 30, 2023

Embark on a captivating hiking adventure through the southern part of Mount Carmel, just a few moments away from the enchanting Ein Zur Spring. This scenic trail offers a convenient and free parking area, making it the perfect starting point for your journey. After your hike, you can relax in the beautiful surroundings of the spring.

In December, you'll be treated to a mesmerizing display of wildflowers, including marigolds, anemones, and cyclamens. As you ascend the cliffs of the mountain, you'll encounter a breathtaking viewpoint where you can take a break and enjoy the splendid vista.

Along the way, you'll discover ancient burial mounds, remnants of early civilizations. Further ahead lies a Roman and Byzantine villa and farm, providing fascinating insights into the region's history.

The trail then winds through the lush Gariga, leading you across the Crocodile River's stream to the main square of Rothschild Park, a popular gathering spot for hikers.

Your journey culminates with a visit to the remarkable ruins of Houri Farm, the ancient Greek fortress of Aleq, the Zur Spring, and the scenic park that surrounds it. This hiking route promises an unforgettable exploration of nature, history, and culture.

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