walking
2 months ago

NOTIFICATION: ALL OF THE SCENIC PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY USER NATASHA MERKES ARE OF GLEN HELEN NATURE PARK, NOT HIGHBANKS!!! Nothing nearly as scenic here.

Pros: Not too far from the city. Multiple trails to walk but mostly short. Friendly, helpful staff and nice nature center.

Cons: No true day hike option. Only one rather lousy dog friendly trail (leash only). Not much scenic geography (mostly just unimproved trails through wooded areas and fields). The park leads a guided hike to "The Giants," a pair of oversized Sycamores, a couple of times a year. One of the trees has come down in recent years. Neither was really that impressive. I have seen at least 2 Sycamores in southern Ohio in my lifetime that were significantly larger. One is still standing.....disappointing

No dogs allowed. Waist of time.

Completed the 5 mile winter hike, trails were clear and in good shape.