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 6,400 acres in southwest Jefferson County and portions of northern Bullitt County south of the Gene Snyder Freeway and between I-65 and Dixie Highway. Hundreds of acres are being added to the Forest, thanks to the Mayor's City of Parks initiative.
Welcome Center Hours of Operation
Monday –Saturday: 8:30 am. – 4:30 pm*
Sunday and Holidays: 10 am- 3 pm
*Note: We are now able to accept program registrations and camping reservations daily (Mon- Sat) unitl 4 pm.
UPDATE: Horse trailer parking is now available at the Paul Yost Recreation Area. Space is available for five large trailers on a first come, first serve basis. Unfortunately no other trailhead amenities are available although Metro Parks does have plans for modern trailhead facilities serving both equestrians and hikers. Your patience is appreciated!
| This Month at The Forest:|
Fall 2013 Forest Newsletter is now available: Vol. 7, No. 2: Fall 2013
Free Guided Hike - Saturday, December 14, 9:00 AM
Open - Hikers pick trail. Meet at the Welcome Center
To view the enitre Forest calendar, click here.
Located just 15 miles from downtown Louisville, Jefferson Memorial Forest's 6,218 acres give you the opportunity to experience nature at its most spectacular
- without leaving the city. Picnic underneath a towering oak tree. Grab a backpack and hit the trails in the nation’s largest urban forest. Learn about the people and places associated with the Forest and surrounding areas. Or, set up your tent and take in the symphony of crickets and frogs. Whether you want to be adventurous, be inspired or just be, the forest offers all sorts of wonderful woodland possibilities. That's the beauty of the forest - it's your adventure, and it doesn't have to cost you a thing.
|Looking for a place to take the family camping? Jefferson Memorial Forest has several family campsites for summertime fun. Learn more. |
*NEW* Read a cultural history report on Jefferson Memorial Forest! Learn the people and stories behind America's largest urban forest!
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To view the Natural Areas wish list, click here. To make a monetary donation to Parks, click here.