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. Hundreds of acres are being added to the Forest, thanks to the Mayor's City of Parks initiative.
Effective March 25th, the Welcome Center will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. This change will mean that we cannot accept camping reservations on Monday and Tuesday evenings. However, it does not affect public or reserved programs or access to our trail systems or other reserved facilities. To make a program or rental reservation, you must call during revised business hours.
One additional change is that we are no longer requiring a permit for day-hiking within the Horine Reservation and ss always, trail maps are available in the bins outside of the Welcome Center.
Thank you for your patience.
NOTE: The operating hours of the Welcome Center have changed:
Monday -Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday-Saturday: 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
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!
| Seasonal Employment Opportunity|
Jefferson Memorial Forest is seeking a seasonal employee to assist with customer service at the Forest’s Welcome Center located at 11311 Mitchell Hill Road.
We seek a mature, responsible, and dependable individual who enjoys interacting with the public. We prefer a candidate who enjoys the outdoors and is relatively familiar with our trail system and other amenities. Applicant must be comfortable with a computer (Excel, Windows).
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Answering the telephone;
greeting visitors and providing park information;
taking reservations for camping and shelters;
stocking the gift shop;
and light custodial duties as required
Hours: 9:30 to 3:00 each Sunday
8:00 am to 4:30 PM (Wednesday through Friday)
Applications can be found at: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/IWantTo/employment.htm
Please be sure to mark “JMF Welcome Center” on the application
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| This Month at The Forest:|
Spring 2013 Forest Newsletter is now available: Volume 7, Issue 1
Forest Fest: Bluegrass Music Festival
Saturday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come out for a great day filled with Bluegrass Music, exquisite wood crafts and fun activities for the entire family. Event is FREE – Parking - $10.00
Waverly Park Volunteer Trail Team Project Day
Saturday, May 18, 9:00 am
Trail Team and KYMBA volunteers join forces to improve the trails in Waverly Park. Activities vary but could include using hand tools to cut overhanging limbs and encroaching shrubs, addressing erosion issues, trail structure repair or patrolling. Closed-toe shoes are required. Water, gloves, tools & instructions are provided. Meet at the playground parking lot in Waverly Park.
Volunteer Land Steward Project Day
Wednesday, May 22, 9:00 am
Help maintain our native parklands! Activities vary but could include invasive removal, gardening, mulching or plantings. Closed-toe shoes are required. Water, gloves, tools & instructions provided. Suitable for ages 14 and up. Project site location changes; for information, please contact Sherry.Wright@louisvilleky.gov or call 368-5404.
Free Guided Hike
Saturday, May 25, 9:00 AM
Red Trail - 4.8 miles – moderate to strenuous. Meet in the Horine Reservation Parking Lot.
To view all upcoming Forest events, 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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