Friday September 30, 2011
The seventh annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike takes place at Jefferson Memorial Forest Saturday, Oct. 15 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 wellness by highlighting opportunities for increased physical activity.
The event is free to the public and the first 500 participants receive a T-shirt. Mayor Greg Fischer will kick off the event before the hiking and festivities begin. Activities this year include a new children’s nature exploration area, Alpine Tower climbs, pumpkin decorating for the kids, hayrides, and canoe and kayaking demonstrations. There will also be a wide array of informational booths from local nature and hiking organizations promoting health, eating right, and living green. The volunteer trail team and Forest staff will lead hikes at various skill levels and introduce visitors to the native plant gardens, bird blind, and animal exhibits.
“Hiking through the beautiful Jefferson Memorial Forest with the rich colors of fall is good for your body and a great way to spend a day,” Fischer said. “And it’s great for everybody when we’re all more physically active and having fun.”
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 picnicking.
The hike will be through the Horine Section of the forest, located at 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road
in the southern portion of Louisville. 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 Norton Healthcare, Coca-Cola, and Waste Management, Inc. About the Jefferson Memorial Forest
The 6,218 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war, is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and the largest municipal urban forest in the nation. The Forest is the flagship of Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division which is entrusted with providing stewardship, nature-based educational programming, and outdoor recreation within nearly 7,000 acres of forest, meadow, and riparian habitat across Louisville Metro. Jefferson Memorial 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 http://www.memorialforest.com.