Jefferson Memorial Forest

A Complete Nature Experience Without Leaving Louisville

Located only 15 miles from downtown Louisville, Jefferson Memorial Forest is a woodland tribute to area veterans and gives you the opportunity to experience nature without leaving the city. With 6,800 acres of land, there is no shortage of things to do at Jefferson Memorial Forest, including:WC

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Team-building retreats
  • Outdoor Educational Programming for all ages


Learn more about Jefferson Memorial Forest. 

Forest Facts

  • 598,980 visitors to Jefferson Memorial Forest annually
  • 390,080 visitors to Welcome Center and Tom Wallace Area annually
  • 6,600 acres, the largest municipally-owned urban forest in the U.S.
  • 6,500 youth receive outdoor experiential education annually
  • 248 species of trees and shrubs and 27 species of ferns
  • 33 miles of trails including equestrian trail options
  • 5 rentable shelters and picnic areas
  • 4.7-acre lake stocked for fishing and non-motorized boating
  • Louisville’s only location for public primitive camping, treetop canopy and zipline adventure