Explore the most popular forest trails near Lewis Center with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

6 days ago

Evening picnic and walk on the overlook loop. Pretty sunset view from the overlook.

Pretty views into the ravines. Well maintained, busy trail. We didn't complete the entire trail, just 2 mils of it. Very nice Nature Center at the Trailhead. Saw an owl by the creek, heard a woodpecker.

Great trail for walking or running, my wife and I got to see a baby deer with her mother

i love hiking here, it's close to my work and there is not a lot of foot traffic so i can really enjoy my time in nature, trail are well marked and maintained.

Super muddy, which is to be expected in Spring. Much of the trail is a mowed path with overgrowth beside it. Only small parts are actual wooded hiking trails.

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

Great variety with hills and nice views!

Love hiking here with my dogs

5 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.

7 months ago

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

Good quick afternoon stroll

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
10 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.

11 months ago

peaceful, and relaxing

beautiful views

trail running
Monday, August 07, 2017

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

trail running
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Went to walk on the peachblow trail.
Disappointed that the grassy paths that looked like they get mowed had not been mowed this year. We were concerned with ticks since this is a big problem this year around here.
The wooded paths were fine.
Trails were marked kind well. Good maps at intervals but there were confusing branch paths. Hard to tell were we were.
Next visit we'll try to find a map. The station at the trail head was closed.

Monday, May 29, 2017

This is a nice trail along the Alum Creek Lake shore ... Narrow path, can be very muddy if it has rained recently. Some beautiful views of the lake. Love the sound of the waves at a few places.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

no fucking dogs!

Friday, February 24, 2017


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.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Nice surroundings and good workout

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.

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