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Hutchins (Highbanks) State Nature Preserve

Preserving 206 acres in Franklin and Delaware Counties

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 ridgetops 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.

Local Directions

Located in Highbanks Metro Park on US Route 23 just south of Powell Road. Take the Overlook Trail to reach the Edward F. Hutchins Nature Preserve.

Special Features

Spring Wildflowers
Bird Watching


Observation Area
Drinking Water

A trail leads west from the parking lot to an opening in the hedgerow, then north across the Aurora Branch of the Chagrin River. Preserve trails begin on the north side of the Aurora Branch.

Managing Agency

The preserve is owned and managed by the Columbus/Franklin County Metro Parks system.

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