Explore the most popular birding trails in Jefferson County Memorial Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We loved it! Kid friendly!

Easy going trail. Lush green forest and the creeks were all flowing. I just wish it was longer!

16 days ago

Fun hike! Trail was in great condition. Will hike again.

Moderate trail with a couple hills worth a couple hours of hiking.

Great trail, moderate skill level,bring plenty of water the inclines on a hot day will leave you parched.

Nice, quality hike. Not very challenging, elevation gains aren’t too severe.

Really enjoyable hike. It was a bit muddy in spots from all of the rain but still safe

Awesome hike! Very muddy after a big rain. Took the shortcut which had one big climb.

The only reason this trail is not rated hard is that it is not rocky. This little 3.3 is a beast from beginning to end. It is probably my favorite of all the trails in JMF. It will have you feeling like you walked 6 miles, but wish you were doing 6 more. I like to hike it from off the Siltstone (Bearcamp Rd. Trailhead) which adds a few extra miles and you can lollipop it. Great hike, beautiful views and and a lot of up and down.

Great workout and wildlife.

This is a great trail for all skill levels! It was my first time hiking in 5 months and I thought it was a great trail to get me back into it. You do share the trail with horses which we loved. It was March when we went so not a lot of greenery but still breathtaking. We found a spot to stop and have lunch and take some pictures. I definitely recommend it!

2 months ago

Hike was strenuous, great workout. Almost entirely up/down.

A great loop, pretty easy except for one valley that’s a little steep.

great loop trail, two decent size hills, love walking it with my dog. Keep your eyes open for trail markers and its great seeing the valley floor.

3 months ago

Was a beautiful spot to take the dogs. We all had a great time. We ended up doing about 12 miles because a few of the turns were not clearly marked. Had to keep bringing app up to make sure we were on the right path. Overall it was great and with all the hills, we all are going to be sleeping well tonight!

Really enjoyed this trail. Nice views. Well kept. Clean and very quiet.

trail running
3 months ago

Great flat trail that you can continously run on. I was over there last week and someone pulled all the location markers. I emailed the city of Louisville and they reassured me the markers would be replaced so hopefully they have been.

3 months ago

Great trail,only a couple areas in turns weren’t marked and had to check the gps, otherwise excellent, I’ll definitely be coming back in the summertime to see how different it looks.

Relatively flat except for the two huge climbs. They’ll let you know how out of shape you are. Beautiful views though.

Great workout with several incline/declines. We hiked in the snow...glad we brought our poles!

Kinda of tough but doable

Beautiful winter hike close to Louisville.

Excellent trail! Well-maintained with lots of opportunity to challenge yourself physically (...were a few moderately steep hills!). My girlfriend and I were to do the Guided Winter Hike scheduled for today...missed the “meet-up” spot....Red Trail is what we did by ourselves. Admittedly there were a couple of spots where it would’ve been nice to have markers indicating that it’s the Red Trail, but there were dots spray-painted on trees! All-in-all, a FANTASTIC trail!!! What a lovely treasure right in the heart of South Louisville!!! ❤️

I’d say this trail is good for beginners. Me and a few buddies recently got into hiking and this is the first one we did. The two hills will test you a bit but otherwise it’s pretty easy going and great for someone who is just getting started!

Good trail, we did get a little confused in 2 spots on what way they sign was pointing 2. But other than that it was a good hike.

Great workout, ups and downs.

Well-marked wooded trail through gentle hills with a creek crossing. We took the shortcut due to time constraints. A very worthwhile and enjoyable couple-hour hike.

This trail (red trail) was my first experience hiking a few years ago. A friend and I had the idea of a short after dinner hike. We started out completely unprepared to walk anywhere. 6 pm start with no flashlights, water, food, cell phone, nothing. That 4 hour hike to finally find our car in the dark was a very unpleasant experience. That sparked my interest in being properly prepared for my next trip. I have now learned that lesson and now only hike when within my abilities and preparedness. Since then I have hiked this trail twice with great times to report.

6 months ago

Few accents that will kick some tail. Elevation changes were just what I needed to get the heart pumping. Trail mileage felt much longer than listed.

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