Thursday October 7, 2010
The sixth annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike takes place at Jefferson Memorial Forest Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out and get your pumpkins, take a hay ride, and hike through the forest at the height of fall color. The hike is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, encouraging better health and fitness by highlighting opportunities for increased physical activity. The event is free to the public and the first 400 participants receive a t-shirt. Mayor Jerry Abramson will kick off the event before the hiking and festivities begin.
New activities this year include demonstrations of orienteering, canoeing and kayaking, and solar astronomy to introduce the unfamiliar to more ways to enjoy the outdoors. As always, our volunteer trail team and Forest staff will lead hikes for all different skill levels. Volunteer naturalists will lead special children’s hikes to the Environmental Education Center where families can view exhibits and meet our education animals up close while learning interesting facts about these and other animals that call the forest home. There will be a wide array of informational booths offering many resources for health, eating right, living green and from local nature and hiking organizations, and pumpkins will be for sale to take home and for painting.
“With the fall colors as a backdrop, hiking through the forest is a beautiful way to get fit,” Abramson said. “Hiking is an excellent way to exercise, especially with a group, because it doesn’t require any special abilities or equipment. This is an event that is accessible to all skill and fitness levels.”
At 6,218 acres, the Forest is the largest municipal urban forest in the country and offers many opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy and explore the outdoors.The Forest features more than 35 miles of marked hiking trails, primitive camping, fishing, and picnicing.
The hike will be through the Horine Section of the forest, located at 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road in the southern portion of Louisville Metro. Five of the forest’s 13 trails will be featured, providing a range of options for hikers of all abilities. The trails range in length from one-fifth of a mile up to five miles, and have terrain varying from relatively flat to rugged.
One of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown goals is to increase the number of people engaging in at least 30 minutes of physical activity three days a week. When hiking at a comfortable two-mile-per hour pace, a person weighing 150 pounds will burn 240 calories in an hour.
The Mayor’s Hike is sponsored by Councilwoman Vicki Welch and Waste Management, Inc.
About the Jefferson Memorial Forest:
Jefferson Memorial Forest, the nation’s largest municipal urban forest at 6,191 acres, is a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war. Outdoor environmental education programs are offered at the forest, providing learning opportunities for thousands of students and teachers each year. The forest offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas. For more information or to volunteer, go to www.memorialforest.com.