Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Limited admission.  Contact Lexington Fayette County Parks and Recreation at 859-288-2900 or visit their website to reserve your spot. https://parks.lexingtonky.gov/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?SessionID=9db5ab0891611482e2dd44f1939896bf8eee38123cdc8a8a3f11a50254e277884413716a8fe24a8a51e9cf39caf65e3339ab0ea158161ef6304c9c6b892bc730&keyword=RAVENRUN

A 734 acre Lexington-Fayette County nature sanctuary with a Nature Center and over 10 miles of hiking trails. Its the most visited nature preserve in the area. Raven Run is also one of the few locations not open every day dawn to dusk. Check their web site for hours.

Safety: Consider bringing drinking water, sunscreen, bug repellent, and sunglasses.

Activities: hiking nodog wheelchair       Facilities:  picnic restroom

Facility and Trail Map


▬▬Blue Trails hiking nodog Easy Various
▬▬Freedom Trail hiking wheelchair nodog Easy 0.6 miles
▬▬Meadow Trail hiking nodog Easy 2.0 miles
▬▬ Orange Trail hiking nodog Easy 1.0 miles
▬▬Red Trail hiking nodog EasyModerate 4.0  miles
▬▬White Trails hiking nodog Easy Various
▬▬Yellow Trail hiking nodog EasyModerate 0.6 miles
▬▬Prather Trail hiking nodog Easy 1.5 miles

Trail Descriptions

Blue Trails: Connector trails.

Freedom Trail: Paved trail suitable for wheelchairs. Low elevation change

Meadow Trail: Trail that has several loops and connections that can be used to explore the high elevation part of the property that is mostly meadow.

Orange Trail: Another trail to explore a mostly meadow area.

Red Trail: The main loop trail with moderate elevation change.

White Trails: Spur trails that lead to points of interest off of the Red Trail.

Yellow Trail: A moderately difficult trail that provides an alternate route off of the Red Trail and passes by the “Flower Bowl.”

Prather Trail:  A mostly flat grass trail around the Prather House and property.


From Nicholasville, take KY 169 east until it runs into Tates Creek Rd. Turn left and immediately turn right onto Spears Rd. When Spears Rd ends, turn right on Jacks Creek Pike. Raven Run Nature Sanctuary will be on the left.

Google Maps Driving Directions

For More Information

Official Web Site

Friends of Raven Run Web Site

Trail Map