Raven Run Nature Sanctuary Trail

MODERATE 212 reviews
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Raven Run Nature Sanctuary Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lexington, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
515 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

no dogs

6 days ago

Great place for a quick day hike, awesome scenery, and great trails!

1 month ago

This was a good hike. We did less than half of the red trail in the morning on a weekday and only saw one person. Rocks were a bit slippery from the rain the day before. The overlook was gorgeous and a nice payoff for the hike. We cut back on a trail through the meadow after realizing it was taking too long and saw several deer (one quite close up) and a very large wild turkey. I would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice, well maintained trail close to Lexington. The overlook section of the trail was very busy with hikers, the rest of the loop was fairly quiet. Despite 3 inches of rain the day before there weren't many water covered areas and mud was fairly minimal considering.

1 month ago

Well maintained. Great walk for all seasons-spring feels like a completely different area than when I went in fall. The wildflowers are carpets of beauty.

hiking
2 months ago

The Red trail is a very nice afternoon hike. You get great views of the Kentucky river along with plenty of wildflowers, creeks, and the occasional cascade. Great for beginners, kid friendly and scenic.

3 months ago

Love Ravens Run it is a moderate hard trails flowers are beautiful and I’ve saw deer.

trail running
6 months ago

Good place close to Lexington. Good technical places, good hill work outs. Can run for hours just take multiple trails, best time is weekday mornings at 9am. Any other time watch for a lot of hikers and walkers.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail for a mama packing an 8 month old in a backpack. Nice Nature Center with organized monthly activities for children. Pretty views along each trail. Good day trip in any weather.

hiking
6 months ago

Really nice variation of trails and interesting sites/lookouts. No pets allowed unfortunately

hiking
9 months ago

Such a great hiking park within Fayette county. So many trails to choose from great for all skill levels and it's so pretty and peaceful. I'm sad it has regular business hours so the trails can get crowded pretty quickly but if you go early it's fine. I've seen a lot of deer on the trail earlier in the morning.

9 months ago

Rocky but fun. Tough for me to get any speed until I get stronger.
definitely need trail shoes.

10 months ago

Great trail. Please note trails are only open 8 am until 7:30pm.

hiking
10 months ago

Love this trail for a close to home afternoon outing!

hiking
10 months ago

It was a VERY well labeled trail. I don't believe it was 4 miles for the red trail I did with a friend. It was a great day for a walk though. Multiple benches on the trail for those who need a break. Overall it was a great time.

10 months ago

Great family friendly hike!

11 months ago

Beautiful views!!

11 months ago

It has it all. Great trail running, hiking and bird watching. Terrific staff and volunteers!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The most pleasant hike you can find near Lexington. Great terrain, staff, and diverse trail options.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Raven Run is a fantastic place! They have fantastic hours. Saw a wide variety of wild animals, wildflowers, and wild places. The staff is fantastic and very knowledgeable! Not to mention the historic site, the Prather House. There's so much more to say. This should really be a national park. Fantastic summer hours, 9-8. For all you people who disagree with the no dogs rule, the fact that dogs are not allowed helps protect the wildlife and soil. If they did allow dogs, you would see no wildlife because dogs are unnatural predators in this area. I would rate this 10 stars if I could. All in all, great city park, great future national park.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

I've been going to Raven Run since I was a kid. Love this place because of the creek and all the wildlife. It's also really close; only 10-15 minute drive. We take my kids often and they enjoy it too. They have more blackberries than anyplace I've been. Pick the right time of year and you can hit the jackpot.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Always love coming here, so peaceful. some trails on the sactury side are easy and some or a bit tricky. As long as you pay attention and pace yourself just taking in everything around you is amazing.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Nice trail close to the city. Closes early. Nature center has some neat fossils and things.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Loved it very fun different trails are more difficult but fun for the whole family

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The red trail is a great workout and so beautiful!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Best on weekdays when there's less people!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

It was a good day hike, it was nice not very crowded at all. Beautiful sites, I wanted it to be longer, I am used to 7 plus miles so afterwards I was a bit surprised there wasn't more.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Good trail. We had a dog though and had to cut it short so we could find a dog friendly option

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

it was pretty muddy today. took the red trail to the overlook and then came back up using the green. the green wasn't muddy at all and a bit easier than the red, so it was a nice ending.

hiking
Monday, March 13, 2017

Great place.. so many deer!!

hiking
Thursday, February 23, 2017

The website says the trail doesn't open until 9am. Does anyone know if you can go earlier than this? I'm wanting to do a sunrise hike.

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