Highbanks Metro Park

Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

Highbanks Metro Park

Highbanks Metro Park Professional Guide

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"Before the hike, tour the comprehensive nature center to learn about the landscape. Tread through a forest to an observation deck at a meadow’s edge. Continue your walk through the woods and cross a few creeks on footbridges before arriving at the Overlook Trail. Pause at a small collection of gravestones and learn what life was like here two centuries ago. Pass through a break in prehistoric earthworks and reach the deck overlooking the Olentangy State Scenic River. Rejoin the Dripping Rock Trail and visit an Adena Indian mound before returning to the nature center."

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"This hike visits most of the highlights at Highbanks Metro Park. From the nature center, walk along steep shale ravines and through forest to a meadow observation deck. Next, head past a homesite and re- created cemetery of early area settlers. Hike by prehistoric earthworks from aboriginal Ohioans before reaching an overlook 110 feet above the Olentangy State Scenic River, then visit a wildlife blind astride a wetland. Finally, stop by a burial mound left by the ancient Adena Indians. The well- marked and maintained trails are not too steep, making this hike doable by most trail enthusiasts." Read more
"Wind through Edward F. Hutchins State Nature Preserve and stop by the observation deck for a 110-foot-elevation view of the Olentangy River. Meet up with Dripping Rock Trail for a hike through hardwood forests and shale outcroppings to see why this area has been designated a National Natural Landmark." Read more

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Trail Information

Lewis Center
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Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
October-March / April-September
Highbanks Metro Park
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Dec 2018