The Forest has over 35 miles of hiking trails, ranging from the Siltstone trail (a rugged 6.7 miles, one way) to the Tulip Tree Trail (paved 0.3 miles, one way). Click here for more information.
Fishing is permitted at the 5.5 acre Tom Wallace Lake across from the Welcome Center. Tom Wallace Lake is stocked with trout, bluegill, and catfish. A Kentucky fishing license is required, but fishing is otherwise free. Electric trolling motors, rowboats, and canoes are permitted. Please note there is no boat ramp or canoe launch at the lake. Gasoline powered motor boats are not permitted.
Our bird blind is open to the public by appointment. Please call the Welcome Center at (502) 368-5404 to schedule a visit.
The bird feeding station and bird identification guides were provided through the generosity of Wild Birds Unlimited of Louisville.
Picnicing / Playgrounds
There are three picnic shelters available for rent in the Forest. To reserve a shelter, please call Metro Parks at (502) 368-5404.
Tom Wallace Lake
- Access to hiking, equestrian, and wheel-chair accessible trails
- children's playground
- 3 shelters, each with seating for 24 people
- 2 of the shelters have large grills
- none of the shelters have electricity or water
- Shelters may be reserved for $35, and are otherwise available for use on a first come, first served basis.
- There are a number of unsheltered picnic tables with grills at Tom Wallace Lake Area.
Paul Yost Recreation Area
The Paul Yost Recreation Area has recently been redesigned to reflect some of the recommendations in the 2009 Jefferson Memorial Forest master plan. The area’s trail system has been redesigned to reflect current standards for sustainable trail design and now consists of an 11.3 mile share-use trail for hikers and equestrians. This trail system is now rated easy to moderate and is suitable for those favoring distance over steep grades. Parking is also now available for up to five large horse trailers. Hikers may access the trail system by either parking in the Paul Yost Recreation Area or by parking at the Welcome Center and entering via the Yost Ridge Trail.
Unfortunately neither restrooms nor drinking fountains are available at the Paul Yost Recreation Area. Future plans call for such improved facilities as well as expanded parking and shelter facilities.