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Highbanks Metro Park, Lewis Center

#75 of 420 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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  • a good combination of forests and wide open spaces. There are also pavilions and grills for public use.  more »
  • Don’t let all the traffic going past this park fool you. It’s a great place to hike or walk the dog. There are long and short trails and all of them are scenic and well maintained. One trail even lead...  more »
  • This is one of our favorite parks. There is a big playground but my kids prefer the "natural play area" where they can build with large branches and rocks. There are longer trails for serious hikes but also smooth paved paths that are wheelchair accessible. The nature center is a wonder place to visit, especially during the winter months. The kids can play with animal puppets, color, look at books, or watch the birds.
  • Highbanks is one of our most favorite parks! There are so many walking trails and multiple playground areas for kids to run. We visit often! Definitely check out the visitors center if you've never been, especially, if you have young kids. There's a small stage and puppet theater area and some turtles and frogs for viewing. This was our first summer as summer campers, too! The park did a great job setting that up and managing the kids. We're already looking forward to next summer!

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