Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

3885 Raven Run Way
Lexington, KY 40515


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.

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