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    It’s time to get your tents and sleeping bags out, because the annual Great American Campout happens Saturday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 24, 11:00 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

    Since 2005, thousands of people from across the nation have come together the fourth Saturday of June to participate in the Great American Backyard Campout in support of Great Outdoors Month. The overnight family campout at Jefferson Memorial Forest supports the national effort to raise awareness of the benefits of camping as a way to connect people with nature.

    smores.jpgThis event is an easy way for friends, families and children to sleep under the stars and create memories of outdoor experiences. Families will enjoy a campfire, s’mores, night hikes and other activities. Campers are also invited to bring their own dinners to cook over an open fire. (Those campers wishing to cook their own dinners are asked to arrive by 5:30 p.m.) Campers will need to provide their own breakfast, and tent. (For families in need of a tent, there are a limited number that the Forest will have available for rent.) Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

    In the morning, there will be opportunity to spend the day exploring the Forest, meet the animals in the Environmental Education Center, or go fishing at Tom Wallace with free fishing poles provided at the Welcome Center.

    Fee: $25.00 per family up to 4; $5.00 per additional family member. $15.00 per platform tent rental. For reservations, please call the Welcome Center at (502) 368-5404.

    About Jefferson Memorial Forest

    The 6,218 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war, is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and one of the largest municipal urban forests in the nation. The Forest is the flagship of Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division which is entrusted with providing stewardship, nature-based educational programming, and outdoor recreation within nearly 7,000 acres of forest, meadow, and riparian habitat across Louisville Metro. Jefferson Memorial Forest offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas. For more information, go to


    Directions: Jefferson Memorial Forest is located in Jefferson County off the Gene Snyder Freeway just 20 minutes from downtown Louisville. The address is: 11311 Mitchell Hill Road, Fairdale, KY 40118. Phone # (502) 368-5404.

    1.  From I-65 take I-265 West (Gene Snyder Freeway).

    2.  Take the New Cut Road exit and turn left (south).

    3.  Travel approximately 1.2 miles. At the yellow flashing light, turn right onto Mitchelll Hill Road.

    4.  Travel 1.5 miles. Turn left into the Welcome Center parking lot (11311 Mitchell Hill Road). The Welcome Center is a white, two-story building with a red roof.

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