Raven Run Red Trail is a 5.6 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.
I'm consistently surprised that Raven Run is a Lexington City park. It's one of the best city parks I've been too, if you're into hiking. The trails are short, but it is very convenient to town.
We go to Raven Run every year, in the spring, to see the wildflowers. This year they were fantastic, again. The trail to the overlook and grist mill were surrounded by a carpet of flowers.
Be aware that the trails close at 5:30. We forgot and had to cut our hike a bit short and only hiked four miles. There are certainly longer trails available.
I rated this hike as 4 stars, because of the crowds. If you're looking for solitude, Raven Run isn't your place, especially on the weekends. If you can go during a weekday or early in the morning, you might find yourself alone for a while.
The wildflowers really are amazing though.
Easy "hike" or minimally strenuous walk. This would have been more visually pleasing during the fall but in March the bare trees overlooking the mud-colored Kentucky River were a bit underwhelming. Trails all very well marked, and the drive to the Sanctuary is worth the trip on its own.
best trail for all levels of hikers around Lexington. can do it all through the year. I have experienced both summer and winter hikes here.
Took my teenage daughter as her first hike. Good trail for beginner to get their feet wet.