Active Heroes Retreat Center – Shepherdsville, KY
The Active Heroes Retreat Center is the first retreat in America designed by military families to help military families heal! The retreat center is located in Shepherdsville, KY and open to military families free of charge. Visitors can schedule a day to visit the grounds during hours of staffing, schedule a cabin vacation or sign up for selected camping dates with cookouts.
Activities currently include:
- Cabin Vacation
- Camping w/cookouts – Specific Dates available
- Archery – Olympic Range
- Hiking Trails
- Children’s playground
Veterans and Military Families: Free
Public Adults and children: $22 for a Day Pass
Wedding or Events Rentals Available
Within 20 minutes From Retreat:
- Bernheim Forest
- Jim Beam Distillery
- Slow Poke Farm – Hay Rides and more
- Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery
- Four Roses Distillery
- Forest Edge Winery
- Golf Courses
- My Old Kentucky Home
- My Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train
- Over 40 Restaurants within 12 Miles
40 minutes From Retreat:
- The Active Heroes Community Center
- Churchill Downs (Kentucky Derby)
- Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
- Museum Row
- Water Front Park
- 4th Street Live and Downtown Louisville
- Cherokee Park
- Hundreds of Restaurants
- and more…
The Active Heroes Retreat Center was acquired on veterans day, November 11th, 2013. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have removed over 60 tons of debris and cleared out sections of land for future development. “Phase One Development” will continue through 2018. Once completed, the retreat will shift to hours of operation to allow weekly visitors.
Next Development at the retreat:
- Main Entrance Roads
- Welcome Center
- Wedding/Event Pavilion
- Larger Cabin w/ Wounded veteran access
Welcome Center Progress
Follow the construction progress for our Military Family Welcome Center. Photos are updated weekly.
HEALING THROUGH INTERGRATION
Integration is the first step towards healing. Many veterans and military families dealing with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) struggle with going out into the public. The Active Heroes Retreat and Nature Park is designed to give these families a safe place where they can intermingle with the public and visit “Healing Areas” to find solitude.
HEALING THROUGH NATURE
The Active Heroes Retreat and Nature Park is located on 147 beautiful acres seated in between rolling hills and valleys with four dedicated flat activity areas. The retreat embodies healing by giving military families a place where they can leave their personal problems behind and step into the warm embrace of nature, whether it be a green, mossy grove, the military family garden or the rocky hills. Visitors can expect to see deer, turtles, hawks, black racer snakes, fish and in the future a petting zoo with mini horses and goats.
The retreat has four main creeks that bend through the rolling hills and valleys. The creeks are named Leadership, Valor, Integrity and Loyalty, and inspirational signs are featured along the trails. The forest hides away 3 springs that also have tiny waterfalls. The sound of water can often be heard as you walk around the 147 acres, making the area an ideal place for rest and relaxation!