Onondaga County Parks

Fall Activities

A family at Highland Forest Park.

A family at Highland Forest Park.

The beauty of the season and a variety of outdoor activities that celebrate it, can be found throughout Onondaga County Parks.

Walks & Workouts

  • Highland Forest
    April-November: 8:30am-5:30 p.m.
    December-March: 8:30am-4:30 p.m.
    $1 per person; 21 & under free • (315) 683-5550
    Get a taste of the Adirondacks right here in Central New York. Several hiking trails through the wooded, natural terrain range in length from .5 to 8.7 miles with part of North Country/Finger Lakes Trail passing through the park.
  • Onondaga Lake Park
    Daily 6 am-half hour after sunset | Free
    Over 2.5 miles long and twenty feet wide, the paved East Shore Recreational Trail is ideal for in-line skating and bicycling. The paved Shoreline Walking Trail is designated for walkers and runners with distance markers along the route to help users maintain consistent mileage. Also paved, the two mile long John Haley Memorial West Shore Trail, is located on the scenic western, wooded shore of Onondaga Lake. Nearby, the stonedust and natural surfaces of the Lakeland Trail offers users a chance for solitude and observation.
  • Beaver Lake Nature Center
    Over 9 miles of walking trails including the short Lakeview Trail, the Bog Trail on the elevated boardwalk and over the “soggy” floor, and the signature 3 mile Lake Loop. Daily 7:30 am-dusk
  • Pratt's Falls Park
    April - October: 8:30am -  5:30pm (closed November - March)

    $1 per vehicle, suggested donation • (315) 435-5252
    Four natural trails, ranging in length from .6 to 2.6 miles, over hilly terrain including the North Rim Trail with a view of the 137’ waterfall.


Horseback Riding

  • Highland Forest
    September  - October  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday • 10am - 5pm
    $30 per person, per hour • Reservations required • (315) 289-3775

Mountain Biking

  • Highland Forest
    Daily, thru September 30, regular park hours
    $2 per vehicle • (315) 683-5550

Biking & In-Line Skating

Boat & Bike Rentals

Wegmans Trams

  • Onondaga Lake Park
    11am - 7pm, Daily thru October 10 - $1 suggested donation per ride
    Enjoy a leisurely four mile (50 minute) round-trip ride on the East Shore Recreational Trail along picturesque Onondaga Lake.

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