Highbanks Metro Park is our favorite local park for numerous reasons:
- It has multiple trails to choose from, many of which you can take your dog on
- It has beautiful views, including rivers, an eagle’s nest, many overlooks, and the picturesque high banks the park is named after
- There is an awesome nature center that features a large library, historical pieces about the park, and a section for the children
- There are numerous nature programs that the park puts on throughout the year
- It is only 15 minutes from our home
We hiked today at Highbanks Metro Park for National Take a Hike Day. It was brisk, sunny, and in the high 40’s. Chloe, Chewie, and I arrived around 11 and set off on the Coyote Run Pet Trail. This is one of the park trails that allows dogs, and it’s a 3 1/2 mile loop trail. The Coyote Run Pet Trail features a scenic route with winding trails, and many roots running over it, and some seriously muddy patches, but it has been quite rainy previously.
This was the perfect day to hike. We were layered, but I ended up taking off my gloves and my jacket half way through our hike. The sun was warm and once we reached the meadow, there was no overhead trees to shade us. It was quite beautiful.
Topographical Trail Map/Directions
Zoom in/out of this interactive, printable map that depicts our hike. A color-coded map key follows. For directions, click the map, then click the Google Logo in the lower, left hand corner to open in Google Maps.
Solid Red Line – Coyote Run Pet Trail
Green Dot – Beginning of Trail
Blue Arrow – Start of the loop (you can go either way on this loop)
Did you hike today? If so, we’d love to hear where you went. Please let us know in the comments. Until next time, remember #hikingisfun #adventureawaits #nationaltakeahikeday. Happy hiking everyone!