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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.  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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  • 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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