Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging Louisville residents to “hit the trail” on Saturday, October 18 at the fourthMayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest. The free event is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, designed to encourage healthy behavior including better nutrition and increased physical activity.“The hike allows folks to enjoy the beauty of one of our outstanding natural attractions, the Jefferson Memorial Forest,”Abramson said. “Hiking is an excellent way to exercise, especially with a group, because it doesn’t require any special abilities or equipment. This is an event that is accessible to all skill and fitness levels.”With more than 6,000 acres, Jefferson Forest is the nation’s largest municipal urban forest. The forest features more than 35 miles of marked hiking trails.The hike will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Horine Section of the forest, located at 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road in the southern portion of Louisville Metro. Five of the forest’s 13 trails will be featured, providing a range of options for hikers of all abilities. The trails range in length from one-fifth of a mile up to five miles, and have terrain varying from relatively flat to rugged. Stroller and wheelchair accessible trails are available. Metro Parks crews have worked to clear the Horine section of the Forest of debris following the Sept. 14 wind event, so hiking conditions will be favorable.Forest officials will provide a number of guided hikes, including children’s hikes and other hikes describing various forest features. All hikers will be provided maps that identify the trails.Before and after the hike, the event area will feature children’s activities, hayrides, music and several information booths providing tips on hiking safety, trail etiquette and other healthy-living information. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about a master planning process that will ultimately link the Forest to the Louisville Loop bike trail. For more information on the master plan, click here.One of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown goals is to increase the number of people engaging in at least 30 minutes of physical activity three days a week. When hiking at a comfortable two-mile-per hour pace, a person weighing 150 pounds will burn 240 calories in an hour.If You Go:Mayor’s Health Hometown Hike Jefferson Memorial Forest, 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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