Jefferson Memorial Forest, Fairdale

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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 cr...  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 »
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  • I come here hiking regularly and it's always a peaceful experience! Just remember, when you come here hiking, camping, grilling, etc ALWAYS take your garbage with you or dispose of it in the proper cans. I always pick up trash while walking and it blows my mind on how someone can throw their trash on a nature trail. Remember that if you want it to look nice and beautiful, always clean up behind yourself and even if it's not your trash, step up to be a better person. It's our responsibility to preserve these locations for future generations to come!
  • The best place to hike in the city. Its awesome. More people go here on nice days in winter, than during the summer or fall. Its great. Best place to go for a quick get away. Not going to tell you my favorite jokes. :)

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