Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Highbanks Metro Park webpage
Hutchins (Highbanks) State Nature Preserve webpage
Highbanks Metro Park map
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Highbanks Metro Park Trails
Coyote Run Trail
Open meadow and field habitats are accessed by the Coyote Run Trail (3.7 miles). Portions of this trail also run through and along the edges of wooded areas. In the spring and fall, the first part of the Coyote Run Trail, where it loops through an old orchard, can be a great place to observe warblers and other migrants. Migrants can also be observed along other sections of the trail, especially in wooded areas, and near the pond in the back part of the park. Migrating ducks can be observed in the wetlands in the late fall and early spring when ice is not present.
Other Trails at Highbanks Metro Park
Big Meadows Path – 1 mile – easy
Dripping Rock – 2.5 miles – moderate to difficult
Eagle View – .3 mile – easy
Multi-use – 2.3 miles – moderate
Oak Coves Path – .4 mile – easy
Overlook – 2.3 miles – moderate to difficult
Scenic River – .6 mile – easy
Sycamore – .4 mile – easy
Wetland Spur – .4 mile – easy to moderate
Tips for birding Highbanks Metro Park
From Ohio Ornithological Society website
About Highbanks Metro Park
Highbanks is appropriately named for its massive 100-foot high shale bluffs that tower over the Olentangy State Scenic River. Tributary streams cutting across the bluff have created a number of deep ravines extending into the eastern part of the park. Ohio and Olentangy shales, often containing outstanding examples of large concretions, are exposed on the bluff face and sides of the ravines. This area has been designated a National Natural Landmark.
Visitors will see outstanding examples of oak-hickory, beech-maple, and floodplain hardwood forests as they hike the park’s 11 miles of trails. Highbanks is also rich in Native American history. The park contains two Adena Indian burial mounds and a prehistoric earthwork.
From Highbanks Metro Park webpage
Hutchins Preserve is situated on 100-foot high bluffs overlooking the Olentangy State Scenic River in Delaware County. These massive cliffs are comprised mostly of Devonian-age Ohio black shale along with some Olentangy shale. An oak-hickory woodlands community dominates the drier ridge tops giving way to beech-maple further away from the bluffs. The preserve features 45 tree, 22 shrub, and 144 herbaceous species. A large semi-circular earthwork attributed to the Late Woodland people (Cole culture) and designated as a National Historic Landmark is located within the preserve.
The preserve is owned and managed by the Columbus/Franklin County metropolitan parks system.
From Hutchins (Highbanks) State Nature Preserve webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Highbanks Metro Park map.