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Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

3885 Raven Run Way

Raven Run is a unique, 734-acre nature sanctuary dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the Kentucky River Palisades and early Kentucky history.  Part of the property was acquired with funds from the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund. Over 10 miles of hiking trails provide access to streams, meadows and woodlands characteristic of the area. Numerous 19th century remnants of early settlers, as well as over 600 species of plants, allow visitors to become acquainted with and appreciate the natural world. Raven Run also accommodates over 200 species of birds throughout the year.

To protect the flora and fauna of the sanctuary, activities are limited to the trail system. Visitors are asked to hike only on marked trails. Regulations have been set up for visitor safety, as well as for protection of the sanctuary. Water is available at the sanctuary and there are water fountains at the nature center, but there are none on the trails. In hot weather please remember to bring containers of water. We request all visitors park in the designated parking area. All visitors must sign in and out at the nature center when entering and leaving the trail system. This is for the safety of the park's visitors. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated by the staff of Raven Run.

The Nature Center
Everyone who visits Raven Run must first sign-in at the nature center, located at the beginning of the trail system (approximately 1/8 of a mile from the parking lot). There are many unique displays and a variety of "hands-on" exhibits. Pamphlets about birds, mammals, ferns, history and other aspects of the sanctuary are available in the nature center.


Lisa Jones

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Love going on the always shady hike to the overlook. Easy enough for even the most sedentary hiker-wannabe! And if you like the downhill trek to the overlook but prefer an easier climb back to the welcome center, you can take the meadow route back up for slower more casual assent. Happy hiking!

Ruben Williams

Friday, June 15, 2018
Sometimes I think people give 5 stars because they had a good bowl movement. It's a good park. Fun and well marked trails. Staff is friendly and if your looking for easy to moderate you'll be well served It's a smaller park so you can't have wild expectations. I would definitely return and you should go if your in the area.

Pamela King

Monday, June 18, 2018
We participated in the Walk around Kentucky at Raven Run with The Jessamine County Public Library for the summer reading progarm. We did the bird walk & scavenger hunt. Our guides were great & well informed us on different species of birds. Our experience was amazing. We plan to visit Raven Run again. I'm interested in doing the star gazing.

Chuck Benslay

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Nice little park. We hiked the 4 mile red trail and got a good workout! The scenic overlook of the river valley was beautiful! Be careful after heavy rainfall though, the trails get pretty muddy.

Andrew Lynch

Friday, May 18, 2018
A great place near to Lexington where you can connect with nature and spend the day hiking. Trails aren't terribly huge and are challenging enough to get in a good hike. There are plenty of rewards along the way too with the overlook, wildflowers, waterfalls and an abundance of bird species.

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