Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Highbanks Metropolitan Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice hike. Easy. There is a bald eagles nest you can see

Great variety with hills and nice views!

hiking
2 months ago

Decent trail to hike with your dog.

It’s good for Columbus - however, if you’re looking for real hiking and views, you’d prolly be best to hike another trail outside of Columbus.

4 months ago

Nice walk in the snow. Be sure to go to the overlook.

Nice wide leveled and debris free trails great for running or hiking. Scenery is not exceptional, but it is a nice escape with minimal road noise or intrusion from civilization!

trail running
7 months ago

Fun trail with moderate up and down hill sections. for the most part, it's a well maintained trail. So, if you're looking for a rugged trail running experience, you can find better at nearby Alum Creek. Lots of people on the weekend but the trail's wide enough that it's not really an issue. Mostly shady with a few sunny spots.

8 months ago

peaceful, and relaxing

beautiful views

trail running
9 months ago

Amazing trail. Well maintained and mostly shaded during Spring and Summer.

Nice park. It's more a kid friendly park. The trails are nice but poorly marked. I just went to Christmas Rocks yesterday and enjoyed the isolation of that trail much more than the community feel of this park. Depends on your preference though. Still a nice park.

Stupid. No pet allowed. I was with my dog and did not go in.

walking
11 months ago

Certainly not the most scenic trail at High Banks, but one of the only dog-friendly ones.This trail has a creek near the entrance, which my pup loves to splash in to cool down. Otherwise it is a relatively flat (does NOT have a 170ft elevation gain) nature walk through forest and open fields. I always see a few people, but it's never busy. Can get muddy after rain.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

no fucking dogs!

hiking
Friday, February 24, 2017

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A lovely, well maintained trail. Great views, moderate hills, & good parking.

No dogs allowed. Waist of time.

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

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Nice surroundings and good workout

hiking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Awesome for a city park. Sure, it's heavily used. It's not a wilderness area. It's just a well thought out, well maintained set of trails with a lot of gorgeous fall colors and nice elevation changes. The only challenge would be how far you choose to hike. There are no difficult sections. And for the users here talking about venturing off trails - please just don't. There are way too many people using these trails for that.

09-12-2016/Monday: Being a yearly visitor to Ohio, the family took me on a hike which I found to be fun, enjoying and extremely relaxing. During the hike, I got a great education to the foliage and its dangers. You see, Hawaii does not have any of the dangers that I was told about. After yesterday's hike, I chose to hike the trail again this time exploring all the trails and having a wonderful time doing it and getting some quality walking time in. I guarantee that I'll be hike this trail over and over again.

I really enjoy High Banks. I did the Dripping Rock trail today (2.5 miles) and it had some nice inclines throughout. It's very scenic and just an enjoyable walk, run, whatever! My only wish is that all of the trails were pet friendly. When I go with my dog I have to stick to one trail and that gets boring.

Good for birdwatching. There is a pet trail for dog-walking.

I walked the Coyote Run trail. It was nice and easy trail with no high elevations. Dogs are allowed on this trail but most of the other trails in the park don't allow them.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

great hike. sadly all the creeks and rivers are dried up.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

I liked this trail. Went off trail and snapped some great pics. Too bad people playing pokemon go take away the serenity of it all. smh Go during a non busy time like middle of day. If you go in the evening, be prepared to come across people who just can't appreciate nature.

hiking
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

It was an easy stroll with a cinder base. Lots of ravines and several park signs explaining the terrain and history.

Nice trails, well kept. Beautiful scenery.

Loved it

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

A great place to hike!

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