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Highbanks Metro Park, Lewis Center

(4.9/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
Highbanks is named for its massive 100-foot-high shale bluff towering over the Olentangy State Scenic River. Tributary streams cutting across the bluff have created a number of deep ravines in the eastern part of the 1,159-acre park. Ohio and Olentangy shales, often containing outstanding large concretions, are exposed on the bluff face and sides of the ravines.
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TripAdvisor
  • This is a big beautiful park with a lot of easy walking trails. You feel like you are deep in the woods in the countryside but conveniently located. 
  • A very well run metro park. This park has a huge visitor center (with great displays, events, bathrooms, seating areas)and great trails for hiking or running. They even have a sledding hill. We enjoye...  more »
  • ODNR has done a marvelous job with its Metro Parks program. Folks like me, who long for a wonderful walk among Nature's bounty, now have a great place to visit with friends and family. I always find n...  more »
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  • Beautiful park. A lot of variety of trails. Great place for daily hikes or runs. I personally love the coyote run trail. Kids will have a lot of fun in the nature center with the turtles and the rat snake on display
  • Large park full of beautifully forested hills and ravines. It has multiple playgrounds and picnic areas with shelters and grill tops. Miles of trails are great for both hiking and running. Explore nature or history trailside or at the visitor center.
  • Highbanks is such a beautiful park. It has so many amazing things to see, nice trails, and has security to help maintain a safe environment for both humans and animals. There are lots of different paths, some paved and some unpaved. They do have trails where pets are permitted and they have a bag Despenser for waste cleanup as well as trash cans. There are some Indian mounds and some remnants of a farm house I believe. As well as a small grave site. You got creaks and rivers, and fields full of flowers. Highbanks also has special events for kids/families, shelter houses free to use, and at least one big one you can rent/reserve. Overall, I'd say it's worth checking out if you haven't already.
  • I LOVE Highbanks! It's like you're transported to Hocking Hills right in the middle of Columbus! I love to hike and walk around in the forest, and this is the best place for that! Tons of trails and wonderful scenery! The only thing I have to warn people about is recently, there are a lot of people heading there for Pokemon Go. There will be a crowd in some places but just continue on the path and you'll get away from them soon enough if that's not your thing.
  • I love this park. Have hiked here a few times and have ran 3 races here. Beautiful trails, scenic, quiet. Amazing.