About 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. The forest has approximately 6,600 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.

Wilderness Louisville, Inc.

Wilderness Louisville, Inc. is the 501c3 non-profit foundation that raises funds and advocates for improvements to Jefferson Memorial Forest and other natural areas managed by Metro Parks & Recreation’s Natural Areas Division.  Formed in 2014, its efforts have resulted in the construction of new program shelters at the Forest; expansion of the Forest through acquisition of new park land; and continued growth of the Louisville is Engaging Children (Louisville ECHO) program initiative to improve equitable access to nature in the community. More information on how you can engage with Wilderness Louisville, Inc. to improve area natural spaces can be found at www.wildernesslouisville.org.    

JMF Welcome Center

Visit us at our Welcome Center! 
Maps, hiking supplies, nature related books and souvenires, and more for sale!

Hours of Operation:  Monday - Saturday: 8 am - 4 pm. Sunday: 10 am- 3pm. 

Learn more about the Forest: 

History of the Forest

Forest Master Plan

Our Staff

Employment Opportunities