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Highbanks Metro Park, Lewis Center

#70 of 416 in Parks in Ohio
Must see · Park · Nature / Park
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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  • This park has several different trails ranging in length from 0.4 miles to 3.5 miles. There is no shortage of picnic areas and play grounds in this park. They have a Nature center, sledding hill for.....  more »
  • Wow what a great community park - beautiful hikes throughout the area. As of late June 2020 the Nature Center is still closed due to COVID-19 so plan accordingly. We stopped for a few hours to hike....  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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