Wednesday October 16, 2013
Families can enjoy the fall colors in Jefferson Memorial Forest at the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike and Outdoor Adventure Sat., Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can get a pumpkin, take a hay ride, and hike trails of various lengths through the Forest at the height of fall color. The ninth annual hike is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, encouraging better health and wellness by highlighting opportunities for increased physical activity.
The event is free to the public and the first 500 participants receive a T-shirt. Mayor Greg Fischer will kick off the event before the hiking and other activities.
Activities include a children’s nature exploration area, Alpine Tower climbs, pumpkin decorating for the kids, hayrides, archery, and canoe and kayaking demonstrations. The Forest’s volunteer trail team and staff will lead hikes at various skill levels and introduce visitors to the native plant gardens, bird blind and animal exhibits.
“Jefferson Memorial Forest is an incredible resource that is still undiscovered by many of our citizens and this annual fall hike and adventure series is a perfect time to discover this beautiful community jewel,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.
With 6,400 acres, Jefferson Memorial Forest offers many opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy and explore the outdoors. The Forest features more than 35 miles of marked hiking trails, primitive camping, fishing, and picnicking.
The hiking Saturday will be through the Horine Section of the forest, located at 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road in the southern portion of Louisville. Nine different trail routes in four sections of the Forest will be featured, providing a range of options for hikers of all abilities. The trails range in length from one-fifth of a mile up to five miles, and have terrain varying from relatively flat to rugged.
The event is part of the Walktober series of activities designed by the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown and YMCA of Greater Louisville to highlight walking and hiking as a fun and healthy activity.
The Mayor’s Hike and Outdoor Adventure is presented by Quest Outdoors and supported by Cemex and Dairy Queen Grill and Chill.
About the Jefferson Memorial Forest:
Jefferson Memorial Forest is a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war. It offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas. For more information or to volunteer, go to www.memorialforest.com.