The Park

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. 

The Nature Center


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.

Rules of the Nature Sanctuary

The following are all prohibited at Raven Run:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bikes
  • Drones
  • Pets (leashed or unleashed)
  • Concealed Weapons (in Nature Center Building)
  • Fires
  • Picknicking anywhere except in the designated areas 
  • Camping
  • Collection, destruction, or defacement of anything living or non-living, in the sanctuary