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.
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
Want to work for Jefferson Memorial Forest?
Check out our Seasonal Job Opportunities.
| This Month at The Forest:|
Land Steward Project Days – 9:00 am
Saturday, March 1
Wednesdays: March 5, 12, 19 and 26
Help preserve the natural ecosystem within the Natural Areas park system. Activities may include clipping invasive plants, weeding native gardens, mulching, or brush removal. Closed-toe shoes required. Activities are suitable for ages 14 and up, with parental supervision required until age 18. Location varies. Please contact our Volunteer Office for information.
Trail Team Project Day at the Forest
Saturday, March 8, 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.
To view the enitre Forest calendar, click here.
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