Water fountains are closed, please bring plenty of water.
While entering, exiting, and hiking, please keep proper distance from others on trails and practice all CDC guidelines and state mandates. At points of interest on the trail system, please do not congregate, and continue to respect guidelines of the park and the CDC.
The Nature Center is closed, however, restrooms are open. Access will be limited to one individual/household at a time to promote safe social distancing.
Masks are required at all times while interacting with staff, in all common areas, and while in restrooms.
Clean your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer
Avoid close contact - Stay at least 6 ft away from other people
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
For more information, visit www.lfchd.org
In order to ensure proper social distancing and compliance with CDC guidelines, registration is required to visit/hike at Raven Run on weekends due to increased visitation.
Monday - Friday, no registration is required.
There are three different time slots available for Saturdays and Sundays:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Please register per vehicle as we can only allow so many cars in the parking lot per session. You may only register for one time slot per day.
To ensure the safety and wellness of all visitors and staff, please exit the park by the time indicated on your registration.
To register, please follow the link below.
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. The sanctuary is a city of Lexington park and is thus accessed free of charge.
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 the protection of the sanctuary. 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 that 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.
Everyone who visits Raven Run must first sign-in at the nature center, located at the beginning of the trail system (approx. 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. Restrooms are also available at the nature center.
The following are all prohibited at Raven Run: