Jefferson Memorial Forest, Fairdale

#18 of 30 in Wildlife in Kentucky
The Jefferson Memorial Forest is a forest located in southwest Louisville, Kentucky, in the Knobs Region of Kentucky. At 6500acre, it is the largest municipal urban forest in the United States.
The forest was established as a tribute to Kentucky's veterans, and was designated as a National Audubon Society wildlife refuge.
The forest offers over 35 miles of various hiking trails, including several which offer views of downtown Louisville. Several discrete usage areas are featured, including the Tom Wallace Recreation Area, with the 7acre Tom Wallace Lake; the Paul Yost Recreation Area, and the Horine Conference Center. Camping and fishing are both permitted. Tom Wallace Lake is stocked with trout and catfish once a year. Tom Wallace Recreation Area features various handicapped-accessible facilities, including a fishing dock and a 1560ft-long natural trail, the Tuliptree Trail. The Horine Conference Center is a popular field trip destination for Louisville schools.
The forest property is operated as parkland by Louisville Metro Government.
A hiking trail, the Siltstone Trail, traverses much of the forest from east to west. There are several local hiking trails, in addition. Horine also features many hiking trails and both the Paul Yost and Tom Wallace Recreation Areas have horse trails. No mountain biking is permitted in the forest at this time, but the low traffic roads and hilly terrain afford road cyclists many challenging routes through the forest and surrounding areas.
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  • With 35 miles of hiking you can’t beat this destination. This was my first visit and I am ready to return. We did the red trail. Prepare for some steep hills. The trail meanders up and down through...  more »
  • We go to the park several times in the summer. The park has plenty of sheltered area's and grills. Also a playground and pond for fishing. short and long hiking trails and rope zipline course.  more »
  • I appreciate all the hard work to keep this park in shape for those of us who enjoy it. We ran trails today and will be getting back into that this season. they were also doing construction on the road up, and I'm sure that it takes a lot of resources to deal with erosion and what not coming up that Kirby Hill. Anyway the city does a good job and whatever volunteers and staff look after the park, it's always clean, and the trails are cut and clear. Much appreciated!
  • It was a beautiful path and we just went their for fun. There was a zip line course as well which made me want to go there again. I didn't try the zip line but it seems fun. The reason I didn't give it a 5 out of 5 is because the trail was a bit to dangerous. It was very narrow and it was hard not to fall.

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