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“Fabulous hiking close to town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Ranked #15 of 110 things to do in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Lexington, Ky
2 reviews
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“Fabulous hiking close to town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2006

Raven Run is comprised of one main four mile loop (red trail), plus many other trails crisscrossing throughout the nature sanctuary, including the meadow trail and the "flower bowl" trail. There are also short white trails that go to small sites such as the ruins of an old grist mill on the creek. The overlook, which gives you views of the Kentucky River from high atop a bluff, is probably the main attraction. The main loop is moderately difficult and other trails vary. The nature center, where you sign in and collect recycled maps is a small room containing a little wildlife (two turtles and a snake) as well as a wealth of information about the plants and animals you may encounter in Kentucky. We live in Lexington, just about 20 minutes from Raven Run and go often. The trails are well maintained and don't get too overgrown, but there isn't anything to distract from the "nature" part of the sanctuary, either. We often take out-of-town family and friends there and you couldn't ask for better hiking trails so close to a city like Lexington.

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“Pets are not welcome!!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2006

My wife and I visited Raven Run for the 1st time today and took our 2 shiz tsu's. We did not realize that pets were not welcome at this "nature sanctuary". Our pets were on leashes and I did not understand the rationale for not allowing pets. To me if we are experiencing and enjoying nature and the outdoors, but cannot experience it with our pets, this is not right. Are children welcome???? Needless to say, we will not be back to visit Raven Run. We will find other "nature sanctuaries" that welcome us and our pets.

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