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Metro Parks Newsroom

Valentine Hikes at Jefferson Memorial Forest

Thursday February 7, 2013

Romantic Valentine evenings await on Wednesday, February 13th, and Thursday February 14th, at Jefferson Memorial Forest.  For only $30, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House, where couples will enjoy hot beverages, rich desserts, and the cozy warmth of a hearth.

“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. We have many couples who have made this part of their Valentine tradition. They look forward to seeing other couples they have met in the years past. The Manor House offers enough room to sit together or find a romantic spot away from the group.”
Jefferson Memorial Forest is located near Fairdale, just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. and is expected to wind up by 10 p.m. The hike is on flat terrain, but closed-toe shoes with tread are recommended.  Couples are also invited to bring flashlights to the hike for added visibility along the trails. Hikes meet in the Horine Reservation main parking lot at 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road, Fairdale KY.

Reservations must be made by Tuesday, February 12th.  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 cancellation information.

About Jefferson Memorial Forest:
The Jefferson Memorial Forest stands as a living, woodland memorial to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation in time of war. Today, the Jefferson Memorial Forest encompasses approximately 6,218 acres in southwest Jefferson County and portions of northern Bullitt County south of the Gene Snyder Freeway and between I-65 and Dixie Highway.