Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Schedule a hike time

  • Open to the public
  • Registration is required for only Saturday and Sunday hikes. People must register for by the vehicle and there will be a limit of nine people per vehicle.
  • Must register online through RecTrac. Print the 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 and a half hours of hiking time at Raven Run.
  • All visitors over the age of 5 are required to have a mask with them. Masks must be worn while using the restrooms and when social distancing is not possible.
  • Hike times at Raven Run are:
         9 – 11:30 a.m.
         noon – 2:30 p.m.
         3 – 5:30 p.m.   
  • Raven Run will accept 50 vehicles during each hike session
  • Nature Centers are closed, but restrooms are open 
  • No pets allowed.
  • If you need registration assistance or would like to inquire about slots available for a same-day hike, call the park at (859) 272-6105.

 

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.

2020 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.

Job and volunteer opportunities

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. 

 

Job opportunities
There are no job positions right now.

Our trails

Map

  • 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.

Rules

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. 

Contact

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