Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

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.

2019 Raven Run calendar

Programs for schools, scouts, clubs and other groups

Raven Run offers free educational programs for

Call the park for more information or to schedule a program (859) 272-6105.


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


There are no job positions right now.

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. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and bring work gloves and wear shoes that can get muddy.

Our trails


  • 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:

  • Please register at the Nature Center
  • Please 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. 


  • Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

    3885 Raven Run Way Lexington, KY  
  • Hours:
    November – March
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Trails close at 4:30 p.m.

    April and October
    9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Trails close at 5:30 p.m.

    May and September
    9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Trails close at 6:30 p.m.

    June – August
    9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Trails close at 7:30 p.m.

    Closed on:
    Christmas Eve
    Christmas Day
    The day after Christmas
  • (859) 272-6105