Hours and Info

6:30am to 10pm April to September
6:30am to 8pm October to March
Phone: 614.906.3149
Nature Center: 614.846.9962
Reservations: 614.508.8111 (M-F 8am–4pm)

Programs at Highbanks

About

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 1,200-acre park. Ohio and Olentangy shales, often containing outstanding large concretions, are exposed on the bluff face and sides of the ravines.

Photo: Barbara Nye

Photo: Craig Biegler

Park Map

Click the map below for a zoomed/enlarged version

Highbanks Park Map

Trails

Big Meadows Path

1 mile
Easy – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved
Goes through meadows and playfields.
Interactive Map: Big Meadows

Coyote Run

3.5 miles
Moderate – Hike – Pets – Cross-Country Ski – Grass and Dirt
Goes through woods and fields. Reserved for cross-country skiing when conditions are suitable.
Interactive Map: Coyote Run

Dripping Rock

2.5 miles
Moderate to Difficult – Hike – Gravel
Goes through forest and passes steep ravines.
Interactive Map: Dripping Rock

Eagle View

0.3 miles
Easy – Hike – Jog – Gravel
Runs through meadows and connects with Sycamore Trail.

Multi-Use

2.3 miles
Easy – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved
Goes through woods and fields.
Interactive Map: Multi-Use

Oak Coves Path

0.4 miles
Easy – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved
Passes meadows and playfields.
Interactive Maps: Oak Coves

Overlook

2.3 miles
Moderate to Difficult – Hike – Gravel
Goes through a state nature preserve to an observation deck 100 feet above the Olentangy River.
Interactive Maps: Overlook

Scenic River

0.6 miles
Easy – Hike – Pets – Gravel – ADA
Goes through forest and alongside the Olentangy River. Reserved for cross-country skiing when conditions are suitable.

Sycamore

0.4 miles
Easy – Hike – Jog – Gravel – ADA
Winds through a forest of sycamore, buckeye and cottonwood and alongside the river.

Wetland Spur

0.4 miles
Easy to Moderate – Hike – Grass and Dirt
Goes through forest to a wetland with an observation deck.
Interactive Map: Wetland Spur

Woman and child walk on the Sycamore Trail at the River Bluff area at Highbanks Metro Park
Photo: Timothy Palosaari

Highbanks Metro Park Jogger on Dripping Rock Trail
Photo: Virginia Gordon

Shelters

Reservable Shelters

Mansion Shelter at Highbanks.

Mansion

Shelter holds 100 people (80 under cover), has two grills, electricity, stone fireplace, a drinking fountain, play area and outdoor firepit. Shares restrooms with the Northern Shelter (restrooms open April 15 to Nov 1). Available All Day only.

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Northern Shelter at Highbanks

Northern

Shelter holds 120 people, has two grills, electricity, stone fireplace and wood burning stove, sink, small counter, playground equipment, large playfield, volleyball posts and net, a brick patio and an outdoor firepit. Shares restrooms with the Mansion Shelter (restrooms open April 15 to Nov 1). Parking for 86 cars. Available All Day only.

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Highbanks Nature Center

Nature Center Multi-Purpose Room

The meeting room is available for rental on an All-Day basis only, any day, Monday through Friday. Capacity 99 max.
ADA accessible.

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Non-Reservable Shelters

Oak Coves Picnic Area

Picnic tables, grills, large playfields and playground equipment, and ADA accessible restrooms.
2 Shelters: Seating 64 each, 2 Large grills

Big Meadows Picnic Area

Area has picnic tables, grills, large playfields, playground equipment and ADA accessible restrooms.
7 Small Shelters: Enclosed on three sides, Seating approximately 16 each, Grills
2 Open Shelters: Seating approximately 64 each, 2 Large grills

Photo: Gil Sears

Activities

Visitor walks her three dogs on the Coyote Run Trail at Highbanks.
Photo: Virginia Gordon

Joggers on the Dripping Rock Trail during the Commit To Be Fit hike at Highbanks
Photo: Mike Fetherolf

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!