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Metro Parks Newsroom

Have a romantic Valentine's Day at Jefferson Memorial Forest

Wednesday February 4, 2009


A perfect romantic Valentine’s Day evening awaits Saturday, February 14 at Jefferson Memorial Forest. For only $25, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of downtown Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House.

Following the hike, couples will also enjoy a roaring fire, hot drinks and desserts within the Manor House. Jefferson Memorial Forest is located near Fairdale, just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville. At nearly 6,200 acres, Jefferson Memorial Forest is the largest urban forest within a municipal setting in the United States. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to wind up by 10 p.m. Couples are also invited to bring flashlights to the hike for added visibility along the trails.

“The natural beauty of Jefferson Memorial Forest is a great fit with Valentine’s Day,” said Tonya Swan, public education coordinator at Jefferson Memorial Forest. “Couples can have a romantic evening by taking a stroll through the grounds, then relaxing in front of the fire.”

The Forest is located off the Gene Snyder Freeway and Interstate 65 at 11311 Mitchell Hill Road. Reservations and payments must be made by Monday, February 9.

To register, call 502/368-5404 or e-mail the Forest at In case of inclement weather, those registered should call the 368-5404 number for information.