The Active Heroes Retreat and Nature Park


The Active Heroes Military Family 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. Activities currently include camping, cookouts, archery, hiking and a children’s playground. Veterans and military families can relax at the pergolas or escape to the “healing areas” for solitude. Volunteer projects will continue cleanup efforts into 2016, and anyone interested in volunteering is welcome to join us! Free camping for military families will begin in the summer of 2015. One large meal, seminars and entertainment are provided by Active Heroes. Military Families can also visit the retreat center from Thursday – Saturday during 10am to 4pm by registering online.

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Veterans and Military Families: Free
Public Adults and children: $22 for a Day Pass

Military Family is defined by: veteran, spouse, children, parents, siblings and children of siblings.

Healing Through Integration

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 have “Healing Areas” to find solitude.

The retreat is open to the public and military families fromThursday through Saturday from 10 am to 4pm via an online registration. The public will have to watch a mandatory video upon entering the retreat located in the main office area that will educate them on PTSD, veteran suicide, traumatic brain injury, post traumatic epilepsy, how to approach military families at the retreat and where the healing areas are located so they remain for military families only.

Healing Through Nature

The Active Heroes Retreat and Nature Park is located on 144 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 i 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 for- est hides away 3 springs that also have tiny waterfalls. The sound of water can often be heard as you walk around the 144 acres, making the area an ideal place for rest and relaxation!

Healing Through Outdoor Activities

Many adults enjoy the serenity of spending time relaxing with outdoor activities as a way to escape the stress and craziness of everyday life. Not only can fresh air and natural scenery have a positive impact on adults, outdoor activities for children can also improve the overall quality of kids’ lives. The Active Heroes Retreat and Nature Park will have several outdoor activities that will comfort every member of the military family. Kids will enjoy the lake for swimming, canoeing and paddle boats but there are also 5 separate streams or ponds for fishing. Other outdoor activities include the honor hiking trail that follows the outer edge of the retreat, archery, biking, rope and rock climbing walls and a kids playground.

Healing Through Fitness and Sports Activities

Active Heroes is a charity that is  all about getting active! In the future, the retreat will introduce sports and fitness activities as an additional way to relieve stress, have fun and to build upon physical fitness. The future sports activities will include Louisville Slugger batting cages, a basketball court, tug of war sand pit, horse shoes, bocci ball, football, ultimate frisbee and soccer field, sports toss and a slack line for balancing.

Healing Through Family Building Challenges

The Active Heroes Retreat and Nature park is designed with the military family in mind. As phases of the retreat are built, we will introduce additional challenges to inspire the families to work together to complete. These challenges include geocaching, a rope climbing course and a hide and seek mystery.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed on most Thursdays – Saturdays depending on weather. Anyone can volunteer without having to pay an admittance fee to help develop the retreat.

  • Weed-eating forest lines
  • Mowing Fields
  • Removing Brush
  • Removing damaged trees
  • Stump Grinding
  • Taking down fences
  • Moving materials

We are in need of volunteers with the following machines and tools :

  • Bulldozers or Tractors
  • Front loaders
  • Commercial lawnmowers
  • Backhoe
  • Chainsaws
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Fundraising Goal For The First Cabin


Our goal is to raise $70,000 towards the purchase of the cabin kit, sewage system, concrete foundation, road repair, parking creation, electrical and water installation.

We are excited to announce that UAW/Ford is donating labor towards building the cabin which cut our budget in half for this first cabin.

Your donations will go a long way to support this military family retreat center so consider giving today by clicking the button below or you can get involved by fundraising online.

Attractions near the Active Heroes Retreat Center

My Old Kentucky Home


The Active Heroes Retreat is located 40 minutes from Louisville,  Fort Knox and 20 Minutes from Bardstown, Kentucky.

Within 20 minutes From Retreat:

  • Slow Poke Farm
  • Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery
  • Four Roses Distillery
  • Bernheim Forest
  • Forest Edge Winery
  • Golf Courses
  • Jim Beam Distillery
  • My Old Kentucky Home
  • My Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train
  • Over 40 Restaurants within 12 Miles

40 minutes From Retreat:

  • Churchill Downs (Kentucky Derby)
  • Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
  • Water Front Park
  • 4th Street Live and Downtown Louisville
  • The Active Heroes Community Center
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