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Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Address: 5888 Jacks Creek Road, Lexington, KY 40515
Phone Number: 859-272-6105
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Ranked #23 of 124 things to do in Lexington
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Don your walking or hiking shoes and follow the trails through this 350-acre tract of land complete...
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Don your walking or hiking shoes and follow the trails through this 350-acre tract of land complete with forests, creeks, meadows, wildflowers and historic and geological landmarks.

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United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We have been here many times and we love it. Park staff very friendly and informative. It is a great workout if you choose the more difficult trails. Beautiful scenery and trails are well maintained. FREE! We most recently went on Tuesday December 30. It was not crowded at all, but it was a cold weekday. It has a visitor... More 

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Illinois City, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is a gem outside Lexington. We are from the North and hike several times a week at State parks. This was a great workout and the boot scrapers at the end are there for a practical reason:)

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Lexington, Kentucky
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43 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Raven Run is one of my favorite places to get out into nature and relax. The trails are very well-maintained, and there is enough variety for anyone. You can take many different hikes of lengths varying from a mile to several miles, all with various levels of difficulty. Because it is so large it never seems crowded, even in peak... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Raven Run is a neat place for hiking. The trails are easy and several guided hikes are available throughout the year. It has a nice nature center as well. The outside loop trail is a good hike that takes you down to the creek, where you see the remains of an old mill. It is a good hike in spring... More 

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Frankfort, Kentucky
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

A great place to go for an hour, a 1/2 day or all day. We visited the nature center and hike to the overlook by the creek, then back via the meadow, about 2 miles total and 1.5 hours for us. We took a break at the overlook to absorb the beauty. The overlook to the river was nice. Would... More 

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3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We stopped for a quick.hike and ended up hiking for 2 hours. Nice paved trail but more that are not - our type of nature preserve.

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13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Raven's Run is tucked away in the most beautiful country of Lexington. It is not widely used which gives it such a great appreciation from people like me. There is at least 10 miles worth of hiking and great scenic views. Wildlife may even come out of nowhere so be on your toes! I appreciate that dogs and bikes are... More 

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Fort Riley, Kansas
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59 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Wonderful hiking opportunities. Great tours offered to educate you on plant life and wild birds. Great views overlooking the Kentucky River and trails with waterfalls. Take a hike, and enjoy nature!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We stopped here with only a few hours to spare. We swung by the information center and grabbed a map and got some advice on the trail. We really didn't have the right shoes on (trail shoes recommended versus every day tennis shoes). We hiked out to the KY River viewing point. You will definitely feel the burn on this... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The trails are well maintained and seldom crowded. There are different habitats to enjoy along with the residents of each. The only drawback is that no dogs are allowed. I think they would love it too.

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