The Welcome Center is the starting point for your Forest adventure. Pick up trail maps, information on upcoming programs, camping and Horine Reservation permits, and browse the gift shop /welcome area, before setting out to explore the Forest.
New this year at the Welcome Center we have basic supplies for fishing, camping, and hiking available for sale. So if you forgot trail snacks, charcoal, matches, hooks or sinkers, please stop by. Also new this year are two new activities for families with children: free rental of fishing poles and self-directed forest explorer kits. And as always, at the Welcome Center you may purchase a range of nature-themed books and field guides such as Tom Barnes’ Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky as well as nature-themed t-shirts and Forest hats and mugs for that perfect gift.
Hours of Operation for Welcome Center
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.
Hours of Operation for the Forest
8 a.m. to dusk
*May be closed ½ hour for lunch between noon and 1:00 p.m.
Directions: We are located in Jefferson County off the Gene Snyder Freeway just 20 minutes from downtown Louisville. The address is: 11311 Mitchell Hill Road, Fairdale, KY 40118. Phone # (502) 368-5404. Driving directions from any area to our Welcome Center are available through the following MapQuest link. On the MapQuest site, click the "Get Directions To This Location" link, then simply fill in your location:
1. From I-65 take I-265 West (Gene Snyder Freeway).
2. Take the New Cut Road exit and turn left (south).
3. Travel approximately 1.2 miles. At the yellow flashing light, turn right onto Mitchelll Hill Road.
4. Travel 1.5 miles. Turn left into the Welcome Center parking lot (11311 Mitchell Hill Road). The Welcome Center is a white, two-story building with a red roof.