Schedule a hike time
- Open to the public
- People must register by the vehicle and there will be a limit of nine people per vehicle.
- Must register online through RecTrac. Print receipt and bring it with you for admission of one car only. Registration will open on a weekly basis to adjust hike times and vehicle capacity.
- Each registration is good for two hours of hiking time at Raven Run.
- Hike times at Raven Run are:
9 – 11 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2 – 4 p.m.
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
(Note: Beginning June 8, the 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. time slot will be available.)
- Raven Run will accept 50 vehicles during each hike session
- Nature Centers are closed, but restrooms are open
- No pets allowed.
- On Thursdays from 9 – 11 a.m., visits are limited to those who are 60 and over with their immediate family or caregiver. Registrations are not required for this time-slot.
- Registration closes at 8 a.m. each day. If you are unable to register for a same-day hike, call the park at (859) 272-6105 to see if there are any more available hiking slots for that specific day.
- Call (859) 489-9835 if you need registration assistance.
Raven Run is a unique, 734-acre nature sanctuary located just outside of Lexington. The park borders the Kentucky River and provides a great place for hiking and wildlife viewing. Ten miles of trails pass through meadows, woodlands, and streams characteristic of the inner Bluegrass. Historic remnants of early 19th century settlers can also be found throughout the park.
The benefits of yoga are many – increased flexibility, improved energy and stress reduction – just to name a few. Raven Run offers a free yoga program. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for years, this program has something for everyone. When the weather is warm we will conduct the session outside with nature. The park can provide mats and blankets for up to 10 participants.
Job and volunteer opportunities
Calling all volunteers! The Raven Run Volunteer Day is the first Saturday of every month. Meet at the Nature Center at 10 a.m. and stay as long as your schedule permits. You will be helping with invasive plant removal and trail work. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and wear shoes that can get muddy. We also ask that you bring work gloves. All tools needed will be provided.
There are no job positions right now.
- Red Trail – the main trail loop; this trail is four miles and moderately difficult.
- Blue Trails – these trails connect one trail to another (e.g. the Red Trail to the Green Trail); these trails are considered easy.
- Yellow Trail – this trail provides access to the beautiful “flower bowl” in the spring. It is 1/3 of a mile and moderately difficult.
- Green Trails – these trails traverse the park’s meadow ecosystems and are considered easy to moderate.
- White Trails – these short trails connect the Red Trail with the park’s points of interest (Overlook, Evan’s Mill, Lime Kiln etc.)
- Orange Trail – is a one mile loop through an open meadow and it provides lovely views of the surrounding landscape.
- Freedom Trail – a ½ mile paved, barrier-free trail located adjacent to the parking lot.
For your safety and enjoyment, and that of others, please follow the listed rules:
- Register at the Nature Center
- Stay on established trails
- No pets
- No alcohol
- No bicycles
- No camping
- No fires or grills
- No collection, defacement, or destruction of anything living or non-living in the park
- No wading or hiking in creeks
- No fishing
Why no pets at Raven Run?
Raven Run serves as a nature sanctuary for both visitors and wildlife. Raven Run does not allow pets because they can disrupt the natural balance of the sensitive habitats and wildlife that we work to protect and promote as a Nature Sanctuary. Wildlife senses pets, even friendly pets, as predators. The mere presence of an outside animal causes a stress reaction in native wildlife. Pets can also displace wildlife, introduce disease, cause mortality, impact water quality, trample native plants, and detract from wildlife viewing. Lexington Parks & Recreation offers many opportunities to users that want to spend time outdoors with their pets, but Raven Run is one of the few places where pets aren’t permitted so we can better protect native plants and animals and provide unique experiences in nature.