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Metro Newsroom

Jefferson Memorial Forest offering Valentine’s Day hike for couples

Monday January 25, 2010

A romantic Valentine’s Day evening awaits Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13 at Jefferson Memorial Forest. For only $25, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House.

Following the hike, couples will enjoy a roaring fire, hot drinks and gourmet desserts within the Manor House. Jefferson Memorial Forest is located near Fairdale, just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to wind up by 10 p.m. Couples are also invited to bring flashlights to the hike for added visibility along the trails.

Because of increased demand for the hikes, an additional date was added this year.

“The natural beauty of Jefferson Memorial Forest is a great fit with Valentine’s Day,” said Tonya Swan, public education coordinator at Jefferson Memorial Forest. “Couples can have a romantic evening by taking a stroll through the grounds, then relaxing in front of the fire. We have many couples who have made this part of their Valentine tradition. They look forward to seeing other couples they have met in the years past. The Manor House offers enough room to sit together or find a romantic spot away from the group.”

The Forest is located off the Gene Snyder Freeway and Interstate 65 at 11311 Mitchell Hill Road. At more than 6,200 acres, Jefferson Memorial Forest is the largest urban forest within a municipal setting in the United States.

Reservations and payments must be made by Monday, February 8.

To register, call 502/368-5404 or e-mail the Forest at In case of inclement weather, those registered should call the 368-5404 number for cancellation information.