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
Want to work for Jefferson Memorial Forest?
Check out our Seasonal Job Opportunities.
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2014 Summer Camp Registration!
Trail Team Park Project Day at Waverly Park
Saturday, March 15, 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.
Friday, March 21, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Challenge yourself on our 52 foot climbing tower…in the dark! Learn basic climbing and belaying techniques and gain self-esteem, confidence and problem-solving skills while tackling this “high-altitude” obstacle course at night! This program is for ages 10 and up. (A parent or legal guardian must accompany any participant under the age of 18.) Please wear tennis shoes and long pants or shorts (with inseam greater than 5 inches.) Bring your headlamp! Program will meet in the Horine Section of Jefferson Memorial Forest. All participants must pre-register and pre-pay before day of course through the Welcome Center (no registrations day of course.)
Pre-registration required. Fee: $10/person
Free Guided Night Hike
Saturday, March 29, 8:00 pm
Coral Ridge Loop, 2.5 miles (easy to moderate)
Join our Volunteer Naturalists on a moonless night hike. Meet in the Paul Yost Recreation Area parking lot.
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