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Highbanks Metro Park, Lewis Center

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Highbanks Metro Park is a metropolitan park in Central Ohio, owned and operated by Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. The park is named for its steep banks along the Olentangy River, the park's most unique feature. Highbanks also features ten trails, picnic space, a nature center, sledding hill, and nature preserve. It also includes numerous ancient burial mounds and earthworks from the indigenous Adena culture.

The park was established in 1973, and named a National Natural Landmark seven years later. In 2017, the park's River Bluff Area opened to the public.
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  • High banks offers a variety of recreational activities, including hikes on wide, well- maintained trails. Our group took an hour - long loop trail with an overlook of the river. 
    High banks offers a variety of recreational activities, including hikes on wide, well- maintained trails. Our group took an hour - long loop trail with an overlook of the river.  more »
  • Visited Highbanks in December when there was no ice on the trails. The park is named for the high bluffs towering over the Olentangy River. Tributary streams cutting across the bluff have created a.....  more
    Visited Highbanks in December when there was no ice on the trails. The park is named for the high bluffs towering over the Olentangy River. Tributary streams cutting across the bluff have created a.....  more »
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  • Great place for scenic walks, even in a very hot day we were able to easily find a shade covered walk. We did the overlook trail this time. Another favorite is dripping rock trail. This park could always use more parking but if you go deeper into the park there is more chance of securing a spot. The last time we went turkeys were crossing the path ahead of us.
  • Lots to do and explore at the Highbanks Metro Park. We enjoy the multiple paved hiking paths for their ease and accessibility. They also have an extensive unpaved trail network to meet everyone's needs. Very dog friendly with lots of distractions like mile hills just waiting to be explored and dug.

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