Raven Run Red Loop Trail

 Looking upstream at Kentucky River from Raven Run Red Loop Overlook

Looking upstream at Kentucky River from Raven Run Red Loop Overlook

Overview. This is an easy an easy hike that takes you out to a stunning view of the Kentucky River. The picture below is among my favorites of the year and was even more beautiful in person.

Route Type:  Loop
Total Distance:  4.75 miles
Overall Difficulty:  Easy
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary Map

Trailhead. Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, 3885 Raven Run Way, Lexington, KY 40515. [map]

Trail navigation. Hiking the loop counterclockwise, start at the nature center and follow it out to the loop at mile 0.35. Turn left (west) and begin the Red Loop. Continue to follow the trail markers and circle around to the overlook at mile 3.35. Moving uphill, head southwest to finish the Red Loop.

CAUTION - CLIFFS. Hikers have died falling from the cliffs at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. Be careful to avoid getting too close to the edge.

 Map of Raven Run Red Loop hike

Map of Raven Run Red Loop hike

 Elevation profile of Raven Run Red Loop

Elevation profile of Raven Run Red Loop

 Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

 
 A deer enjoying the safety of Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

A deer enjoying the safety of Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

 
 Kentucky River on a still Fall day

Kentucky River on a still Fall day

 Rock layers on Raven Run Red Loop

Rock layers on Raven Run Red Loop

 
 Kentucky River Overlook on Raven Run Red Loop

Kentucky River Overlook on Raven Run Red Loop

 
 
 Trail marker at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Trail marker at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

 
 Old barn at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Old barn at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary