Jefferson Memorial Forest


Thousands of acres of beautiful woodland right in the River City.
Located just 15 miles south of downtown Louisville, Jefferson Memorial Forest gives 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. Or pitch a 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.

Yours to discover.
Jefferson Memorial Forest is a woodland tribute to area veterans and a treasure to all who visit. Designated as an Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, the forest has approximately 6,400 acres of steep slopes covered with mature, second growth hardwood trees.

The Forest, which spans nearly 10 miles from east to west is ribboned with scenic trails and small streams. It also has a fishing lake, outdoor recreational facilities, a conference center and a Welcome Center with trail maps, hiking supplies, nature related books and souvenirs, and more.

Welcome Center Hours of Operation

Monday –Saturday: 8:30 am. – 4:30 pm*
Sunday and Holidays: 10 am- 3 pm
Phone: (502) 368-5404

Want to work for Jefferson Memorial Forest?
Check out our Seasonal Job Opportunities.

 This Month at The Forest:

*2014 Summer Camp Registration!

JMF Spring 2014 Newsletter

Trail Team Park Project Day at Waverly Park – Saturday, July 19, 9:00 am
Trail Team and KYMBA volunteers come together to improve and maintain the combined hiking and biking trails at Waverly.  Activities vary, but may include use of hand tools to cut overhanging limbs and encroaching shrubs, trail structure repair or addressing erosion issues.  Closed-toe shoes are required.  Activities are suitable for ages 14 and up, with parental supervision required until age 18.  Meet at the playground parking lot in Waverly Park.

Outdoor Fun and Adventure at West Louisville Appreciation Festival - July 26
Nature-based adventure will be on tap at this year’s West Louisville Appreciation Days in Shawnee Park, when Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation’s Natural Areas Division and its partners, including the National Park Service and Outdoor Afro, Louisville offer all sorts of outdoor fun, Saturday, July 26, from 1 pm to 5 pm. Activities include archery, fishing demonstrations, canoeing on the Ohio River, a climbing wall, a bicycle pump track and bicycle safety tips, volunteer-led nature hikes, and more! Learn more.

Free Guided Hike – Saturday, July 26, 8:00 am*
Waverly Fresh Air Loop, 3.0 miles (easy to moderate)
Check out Waverly Park in the company of our Volunteer Naturalists!   Meet in the playground parking lot in Waverly Park.  *Time changed to 8:00 am to avoid afternoon heat for the summer hikes.

To view the entire Forest calendar, click here.

Donate to Metro Parks!
To view the Natural Areas wish list, click here. To make a monetary donation to Parks, click here.