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Highbanks (1,159 acres)
Tel. 614.906.3149
Open 6:30am to 10pm April through September /
6:30am to 8pm October through March
40.15283    -83.01837

Highbanks is named for its massive 100-foot-high shale bluff towering over the Olentangy State Scenic River. Tributary streams cutting across the bluff have created a number of deep ravines in the eastern part of the 1,160-acre park. Ohio and Olentangy shales, often containing outstanding large concretions, are exposed on the bluff face and sides of the ravines.

  • biking
  • canoeing/kayaking
  • cross-country skiing
  • day camp
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • natural play area
  • nature center
  • pet trail
  • picnicking
  • play areas
  • shelters/lodges - reservable
  • sledding


    9466 US Rt 23 N
    Lewis Center, OH 43035
    (northern Franklin & southern Delaware counties)

    From I-270, take U.S. 23 north about 3 miles. Entrance is on the left, just before Powell Road.

    Two reservable picnic areas and shelters

    Edward F. Hutchins State Nature Preserve: Visitors can see the prehistoric Cole earthworks and enjoy a spectacular view of the Olentangy River in this 206-acre dedicated state scenic nature preserve.

    Streamside Study Area: This area can be reserved free-of-charge by schools or organized groups. School children can explore the river's aquatic life with a naturalist.

    Nature Center: Your gateway to outdoor discovery. Ask a naturalist questions, discover nature through displays and view wildlife from the nature center's windows.

    Dragonfly Day Camp: Organized youth groups can reserve this day camp area by calling 614.508.8111

    Natural Play Area: Kids and adults can go off-trail and interact with nature in a more direct way than usual, by climbing trees and rocks, digging in the dirt, playing in streams and generally having fun.