Trail

Raven Run Short Loop

Lexington, KY
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Lollipop

About This Trail

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Raven Run is a 734 acre nature sanctuary that is part of Lexington’s city park system. This area has a little bit of everything: overlooks of the Kentucky River, meadows, woodlands, streams, wildlife, 200 bird species, salamandars, wildflowers, butterflies, etc. The trail system has a little bit for everyone and up to 10 miles of trails ranging in difficulty. There are toddler led friendly trails as well as adult paced carry trails. All trails start at the nature center where you have to sign in. You will follow the wood chip trail past the old barn to where you reach the tree line and see signs for the red trail going to the right and left and the green trail straight up through the meadow. The red trail is a 5 mile loop with different trail options off of it. To go to the Kentucky River overlook, you would turn right onto the red trail and follow the trail signs to the overlook. Be careful at the overlook with children. There is a very steep drop off and there have been falls there before. For our favorite 1.5/2 mile trail loop for toddler led hikes, you would turn left onto the red trail. You will pass an old gravestone on the left soon after turning left onto the red trail. Take your first right hand branch off onto the blue trail to head down to the stream crossing. This may not be a good trail when there has been a lot of rain due to high water levels and fast moving water that you would have to cross. When the water levels aren’t high, this is a great place to spot salamanders and newts in the water. Continue across and follow the trail until you come to the intersection with the red trail. You will want to turn left onto the red trail and continue back to the start of the loop.

 

https://ravenrun.org/

https://www.lexingtonky.gov/raven-run-nature-sanctuary

 

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, Waterfall, and Wildlife Viewing

wildlife
Nature Center
Butterflies
Wildflowers
Kentucky River Overlook
waterfall
stream crossing
Bridge crossings

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There is a paved parking lot with grass parking spots if those are full. The Nature Center and start of the trails are about 1/8 of a mile walk from the parking lot along a sidewalk.

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.