We all know the age-old saying that brightens precipitation woes: "April showers bring May flowers." But what about "a dry summer makes fall a bummer," or "a June without rain makes October plain"? It's a fact that when the dog days are particularly parched, the colors of fall are somewhat lackluster. Luckily for us, our drizzly summer promises a season of dazzling hues, and there's no better way to enjoy them than on the sixth annual Mayor's Healthy Hometown Hike in Jefferson Memorial Forest on Saturday, October 15.
The hike is part of the Mayor's Healthy Hometown Movement, which aims to promote a more active lifestyle for Louisville residents, and is free to the public. Jefferson Memorial Forest staff members and a team of trained volunteer trail leaders will guide hikes at various skill levels through the Horine Section of the forest in the southern portion of Louisville. Those concerned about the difficulty of the trails needn't worry: the easiest are one-fifth of a mile of flat ground, while the most challenging are five miles of rugged terrain, so even brand-new hikers will be able to participate.
Attractions for a younger crowd include a children's nature exploration area, Alpine Tower climbs for more daring kids, hay rides, pumpkin decorating, and exciting canoe and kayaking demonstrations. Make sure to stop at the informational booths around the site, where you can learn as a family about local nature, hiking organizations, healthy eating, and green lifestyles. And, of course, don't forget to bring your camera to capture some of Louisville's most breathtaking wilderness in the height of autumn's splendor.
The Mayor's Healthy Hometown Hike takes place Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is sponsored by Norton Healthcare; Coca-Cola; Waste Management, Inc.; and Mayor Greg Fischer.