Trail Area

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

About This Area

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Raven Run is a 734-acre Nature Sanctuary that is part of Lexington’s City Park system. This park is dedicated to preserving the 600 species of plants and 200 species of birds as well as the natural beauty of the Kentucky River Palisades.  Raven Run has over 10 miles of hiking trails that include meadows, woodlands, and streams.  There are hiking distances for everyone. For those that may need something paved, here is also a barrier free paved 1/2 mile long trail off of the parking lot called the Freedom Trail. This trail is made of cut backs and can have some steep sections and may not be great for strollers or wheelchairs because of the steepness.

Visitors are asked to only hike on marked trails in order to protect the flora and fauna within the sanctuary. Visitors must sign in and out at the visitors center upon arrival and exiting.

From the parking lot (where all visitors are asked to park), the visitor center is about 1/8 mile (0.13 mile) walk along a paved path with about a 24 foot ascent.

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Area Features

Rangers Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Nearby convenience store No
Trash Disposal No

Trail Area Highlights

The Visitor Center is full of educational exhibits about the history of the area, both natural and man made, as well as about the flora and fauna found within the park. There is a smaller room created for little kids that has crayons, paper, books, and other kid activities as well as the perfect spot to feed a distractible baby.


Raven Run is known for its overlook of the Kentucky River and Palisades, however, this is not the only highlight within the park.  Early morning hikers are often greeted by deer and even wild turkeys among other fauna. Evans Mill section of the park has remains of an old mill along the stream as well as a water fall. One of the trails has a stream crossing that is the location of salamanders during the right season. The yellow trail is known for its amazing spring flowers. There is literally something for everyone here.

Trail Contributor

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Keira has always been an active outdoors person, either through her love of hiking or riding horses. She is a mom of 2 boys, a pre-schooler and baby. She and her husband, Jon, can be found exploring trails in Red River Gorge as well as traveling the US and trying to visit all the National Parks with their boys. They have a family goal of section hiking the Sheltowee Trace Trail with their boys.