Jefferson Memorial Forest


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.

*Click the flyer above to learn more about FOREST FEST on May 17!
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

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Check out our Seasonal Job Opportunities.

 This Month at The Forest:

*2014 Summer Camp Registration!

JMF Spring 2014 Newsletter

River Canoeing Class
Saturday, April 12, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Love canoeing? Love rivers? So does Jefferson Memorial Forest! That’s why we’re offering a basic 4 hour class in river canoeing! Course will cover basics of boat control and paddle strokes for moving water, and how to prepare for a safe day on the river. Participants must be age 12 and up, able to swim confidently, and comfortably sit in and paddle a canoe in slow moving water. (Parent or legal guardian must accompany any participant under age 18.) All equipment is provided. Dress to get wet and wear shoes that will stay on your feet (NO FLIP FLOPS!) All participants must pre-register and pre-pay before day of course through the Welcome Center (no registrations day of course.) No cancellations less than 72 hours before course start. 10 participants max.  Canoe programs are subject to change of date or venue due to water conditions and weather.  
Pre-registration required. Fee:  $15/person

Trail Team Project Day at the Forest – Saturday, April 12, 9:00 am
Trail volunteers perform vital services to maintain the safety of our wonderful trail system.  Activities vary but may include using hand tools to address erosion issues, clip overhanging limbs or encroaching shrubs, or trail structure repair.  Closed-toe shoes are required.  Activities are suitable for ages 14 and up, with parental supervision required until age 18.  Meet at the Welcome Center.

FOX (Families Outside X-ploring)
Saturday, April 19, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Features: pond, hiking trails, Nature Explore Classroom, nature center, and picnic areas. Get your Family Outside X-ploring a different Metro Park each season. Throughout the year, a Naturalist will guide your family on an exploration in forests, fields, lakes and ponds. Hike, search for tracks, build forts, catch pond critters, get muddy, play in leaves, and take a break from technology. This is a great opportunity to experience nature with your children.
Bring water bottles and a snack, and dress for the weather. We will be outside the whole time. Warning: You will get dirt on your shirt! Meets at the playground parking lot.  Pre-Registration required.  Fee: $8/Family

To view the enitre Forest calendar,
click here.

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