Ein Yizre'el is a spring in the Harod Valley, just below Tel Yizre'el. A short canal carries the water to a pond, surrounded by eucalyptus trees.
This spring has a long history: It is mentioned in the Bible as the place where King Saul and his army camped on the eve of the fateful battle against the Philistines, the battle on the Gilbo'a mountains where King Saul met his death.
Today you are unlikely to see a king or an army in Ein Yizre'el, but rather some families picnicking and barbecuing in the shade of the eucalyptus grove, many of them probably unaware of the spring's ancient history.
Ein Yizre'el can be reached by a dirt road branching from Route 765, or by foot by a nice trail which descends from Tel Yizre'el (see separate tip).
This is a short and very pleasant hike which starts on the eastern slope of Tel Yizre'el.
It is about 1 km long, all downhill with a very moderate slope.
The views towards the Harod Valley (eastern part of the Jezre'el Valley) are beautiful. The trail offers a few hidden beauty-spots, some of which can be seen in the photos.
The last part of the trail passes between cultivated fields in the valley, to reach the spring and pond of Ein Yizre'el (see separate tip).
Yizreel was an important town in Biblical times. It was at one stage the capital of the Kingdom of Israel under the kings of the House of Omri. It is mentioned several times in the Bible as the seat of Ahab, king of Israel, where the story of Navot's garden (or vineyard) took place.
Remains from the 9th century BC were actually discovered in the site.
Today you can park your car in the parking lot and take a walk in a simple, reconstructed Biblical garden, read the tablets telling the Biblical stories of Navot, Ahab, Yoram, Yehu and others, and feel the spirit of the Bible coming to life around you.
There are several observation points looking over the eastern part of the Jezreel Valley, the Harod stream, the Gilboa Mountains and Giv'at Ha-Moreh hill. The views are beautiful and inspiring.
Near the entrance there are picnic tables overlooking the valley, a perfect spot for a picnic.
If you have the time and the energy, take the short hike downhill to Ein Yizreel (see separate tip).