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Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

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Great Resource Outside Lexington

Such a great place to hike and check out the nature center. There is a great overlook of the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Daniel I
Beautiful, tranquil visit.

This was a solo trip. I had never visited here. I stopped at the visitirs center and was greeted by... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2018
Lexington, Kentucky
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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.
5888 Jacks Creek Pike, Lexington, KY 40515-9536
+1 859-272-6105
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a great place to hike and check out the nature center. There is a great overlook of the Kentucky River...not for those who fear heights (like me)...lots of nature, history and beauty. Check their website for events

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

This was a solo trip. I had never visited here. I stopped at the visitirs center and was greeted by a very nice, very informative guide. There are a few different trail all whick meet back together. The trails themselves are arranged from a very...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Bella-Keegan
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

I was really looking forward to exploring the trails here but the map and markings made it difficult to follow. When coming to several forks/splits it was confusing when the road or wood pieces ended. Some trails had roads but if copperheads live here it’s...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Micasa I
Reviewed September 8, 2018

We've been in the Spring when the wild flowers are blooming and it is just plain gorgeous! Beautiful place to hike around and take in nature.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank purpleUnion_KY
Reviewed September 2, 2018

Get the family out and take a walk - well marked trails, lots of variety - hard enough to break a sweat but not to kill you or the kids - very good.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AngusRodrigo
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

If you plan on visiting Lexington Kentucky make it a point to visit the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary and education center. Check their website for activities and events including but not limited to an evening out with a local Stargazing club for in depth look...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank RogerL356
Reviewed July 13, 2018

This place is great due to its accessibility from Lexington. The trails are well-maintained but also still have a rugged feel to them. I come here to do trail running, and there is a perfect 4-mile loop (the red trail) that takes me about an...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank colleencmaggard
Reviewed July 11, 2018

My husband and I hike here often. I would call it easy to moderate as far as level of difficulty. I just wish dogs were allowed on the trails.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jacrickard
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Several miles of hiking on the Kentucky river palisades. Beautiful overlooks. Moderately challenging. Wonderful welcome center.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 387jlm
Reviewed June 18, 2018

I have been to Raven Run many times over 20 years, and it has evolved into a wonderful place to hike, attend a nature program, or have a family picnic. The trails are in great shape and very well marked. However, they are natural trails--there...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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April 22, 2018|
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Response from DanK2 | Reviewed this property |
Deer, coyotes, foxes, raptors and varmits. A few pretty vistas and historical sites also; if you're out that way, definitely visit. Otherwise, not worth the trip from downtown Lexington. Hikes are not difficult.
April N
April 5, 2018|
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Response from S4526NXmarkb | Reviewed this property |
Sadly it is not dog friendly and dogs are not allowed in the park or on the trails.
March 6, 2018|
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Response from S4526NXmarkb | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They are open from 9a to 5p in March. The trail closes at 4:30p. Enjoy.