Reservations are no longer required to hike at 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.
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.