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An incredible forest in the city.

I walked here in the winter. It was wonderful. A beautiful woodland park with trails over... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2015
Montgomery, Texas
A new meaning to the term "Urban forests"

We love this place. So many different trails and lookout points in this park, Every trails has at... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2014
Columbus, OH
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9466 US Rt 23 N, Lewis Center, OH 43035
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

Highbanks is surrounded by the converging development of Columbus and Lewis Center along the hwy 23 corridor so it is a popular place. It is worth stopping at just to take a break from the never ending series of traffic lights along the way. The...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2015

I walked here in the winter. It was wonderful. A beautiful woodland park with trails over streams, through meadows and woods, and along the Olentangy River. The park was well-maintained even in winter although the nature trails were coated in ice after a winter storm....More

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Reviewed 31 December 2014

My wife and I are here often with our dogs. They have a very nice dog trail which is both woods and grass covered field path. They are supposed to be leashed, but if your dog is friendly, it should be able to run free...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2014

We love this place. So many different trails and lookout points in this park, Every trails has at least one look out point. We visit the park once a month and the park has something to offer every time we visit it. Is this a...More

2  Thank yindigo
Reviewed 12 October 2014

this doesn't seem like the type of park that belongs on tripadvisor, as people that visit Columbus probably won't stop at any of the MetroParks (maybe with the exception of the ones along the Darby, because the Darby is a well known river for its...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Always enjoy going here. The park and trails are big enough that if you go on a run you're not constantly running into others.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

This is the absolute best place to connect with nature in Columbus. It also has great running, hiking and walking paths; for dogs as well! Where else can you see wild turkey, pileated woodpeckers, deer, ..........on just about every visit? Take advantage of this invaluable...More

Thank 848FrederickE
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Looking for a nice picnic or nature walk? Visit Highbanks! It is local to me; my family visits several times a year. HIghbanks is one of several Franklin County Metro Parks. Each has its own ambiance and worth a stop. Highbanks is aptly named. A...More

1  Thank Thom P
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Great park just north of all the hotels at I270 and US 23. A number of trails that range from paved to dirt for hiking or jogging from which you can see much diversity including the Olentangy State Scenic River and its cliffs; wildflowers; huge...More

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Jodi W
21 February 2018|
Response from Shankar R | Reviewed this property |
As your question indicates, that's a pretty hit and miss situation with many unpredictable factors including luck. Much would depend on the weather and the specific weekend. One thing you could do is to stop by the visitor... More
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Response from Amy S | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are playgrounds and a nice nature center for kids to explore. They also have activities for children every month.
17 August 2016|
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Response from Edward P | Reviewed this property |
There is a Panera close by on route 23 north and the park is also close to the Polaris mall where you can find an assorted variety of restaurants to choose from all within a 5 mile radius. Ihop is s short drive also which is... More