Dripping Rock, Overlook and Big Meadows Loop

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Dripping Rock, Overlook and Big Meadows Loop is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lewis Center, Ohio that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
360 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

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.

trail running
9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

No dogs allowed. Waist of time.

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

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

walking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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.

walking
Monday, August 08, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

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

Friday, August 05, 2016

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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nice trails, well kept. Beautiful scenery.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Loved it

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

A great place to hike!

Monday, June 06, 2016

Simply breath taking! Great for running as well, plenty of incline.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

Great trail! May have taken a wrong turn once or twice because there are so many small trails forking off from one another. But an amazing place. ;)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Pretty good. Not much to see

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Great mix of hills, and meadows. You can choose different paths for your level. Some interesting sites a small set of earthworks, bald Eagles, and historic homestead and cemetery. lot's of wildlife so keep your eyes peeled.

hiking
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Great Park! It was kept up very well and the paths were nice and wide. Well marked and very pretty! We did the overlook trail and at the end we watched eagles fly over the river.

hiking
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Great place!!! Only downfall, only saw one small trail that we could take the dog. Wide paths, and made for easy running and walking. Easy to walk on and very beautiful area!

hiking
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

This park is amazing! Half of the park looks like any other Columbus metro Park. Then it gets interesting, on the far North side it opens into pararie grassy type with An Adena mound. The south east side turns almost the same feel as south eastern Ohio, Hocking hills area. It is a truly amazing to think that State Route 23 is as close as it is. There is another Adena mound in this section. Also thanks to new environmental laws for wetlands ( if you remove a wetland, you must replace it somewhere else) There is a man made wetland with a duck blind. Many animals to see, especially White Tailed Deer.

hiking
Saturday, January 25, 2014

About as good as it's gonna get in the Columbus metro area. Nice scenery, plenty of variety.

hiking
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Beautiful day for hiking. Went with a group of about 8 people. Trails were in good shape, only a couple of muddy spots. Hit the Overlook Trail and see if you can spot the eagle nest, or the eagles! Really enjoy hiking at Highbanks.

hiking
Thursday, July 26, 2012

I have done several of the trails at Highbanks. They are great for a quick mid week hike when you just want to get away from it all.

hiking
Sunday, July 01, 2012

I did the 2.3 miles Overlook Trail which features a view of the Olentangy River and ancient earthworks built by the Cole culture people. A good place to enjoy the central Ohio woodlands and once finished with your hike, Highbanks has plenty of places to picnic and a nature center where one can learn about the natural history of this part of the state.

hiking
Monday, May 21, 2012

Some nice trails but dogs are not allowed on the better nature trails. A real shame actually

hiking
Friday, February 03, 2012

These trails are located @ Highbanks Metro Park area. This is a highly used park by runners, joggers, hikers, walkers etc. and you are likely to be sharing the trails with lots of people unless you go really early or in really bad (good) weather. There is considerable elevation change from top to bottom and it is more than just a walk in the park.
Nice place to hike a few miles if you are looking for something local and want to be home by 1000 am.

hiking
Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hiked a couple o the trails in the park. Trails are nice. It's December so no foliage. Very scenic though. Some interesting historical points along the trail. AT&T works fine in the area.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2011

Overlook trail was an easy walk. Views on the Dripping Rock trail were nice. Placards pointed out historic information and tree descriptions. Great for a casual walk or a moderate jog through the woods.

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

This is one of my favorite hikes. It is just 10 minutes from my work and I often end up hiking it on my lunch break. I just do the Overlook trail but other trails are options. This trail is about 1.5 to 2 miles long and with a few acceptions is flat. It ends at a beautiful platform overlooking the Olentangy River. Bald Eagles nest in the area so every now and then you get a glimps of them.

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2011

The coyote run trail is worth the trip. Great little trail and a decent workout. Just enough for me! Recommend it!

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