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Highbanks Metro Park, Lewis Center

4.9
#79 of 306 in Parks in Ohio
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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  • There are 2 sledding hills-- one very tame one for the really little kids, and a relatively tall/steep one that's a thrill even for adults. Both are reasonably well maintained, with some hay bales pla...  more »
  • Nice metro park. Well maintained. The only cool thing was the overlook deck located south of overlook trail. The rest of the scenery was all nature and wildlife! Most of the trails are paved. Easy hik...  more »
  • I am indeed lucky to live near a number of city parks. Highbanks is a particular treasure with its long walking and jogging paths, picnic areas and so much more. Today we went to enjoy one of the few ...  more »
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  • Beautiful park with several hiking trails. We walked to a beautiful overlook and went right past deer and other animals enjoying nature. There's also a learning center. The kids always like to see what's in the learning center. Pretty large playground as well. A water fountain in the nature center and clean bathrooms.
  • The scenery is mesmerizing. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do when I get the chance. The groomed trails and river are always a joy. Make sure to bring extra shoes and socks, it may get muddy and wet. Great place for family outings or quiet times of peace.
  • Went to toddler storytime at the Nature Center. The Nature Center is really nice. It's a little bit of a drive for us and I try to avoid 23 whenever I can. However, it's worth the hassle of going on 23 just to visit this park. We will definitely be going here more often. Great place for children and adults
  • A good park for pups! It has an unfinished trail called Coyote run near the entrance for dogs, which is a big plus. Fair warning though if it's rained and it's spring the unfinished trail turns to mostly impassible muck. But there's also a paved trail that you can take your dog on too in the same area. So your journey won't be wasted.
  • This park is a great place for miles and miles of hikes. The lookout gives a amazing view of Worthington. The Olentangy River offers a sanctuary in the midst of this wooded area. My wife loves taking us all here often!
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