Over 20 miles of year-round trails are the prime attraction at the "Adirondacks of Central New York." The oldest county park contains more than six square miles of rugged forest terrain detailed in free maps available at Skyline Lodge; a self-guided Nature Trail is the perfect introductory hike.
"Awesome asset to Onondaga County Parks...Great fun and fantastic exercise."
Ethan Ausburn, Liverpool, NY
Central New York's top cross country ski destination offers something for all winter enthusiasts, 20 miles of trails to accomodate skiers of all abilities, snowshoe trails, both cross country ski and snowshoe rentals, horsedrawn sleigh rides and a picturesque lodge with roaring fireplace and amazing views. Visit our Winter Activities page for more information.
Horsedrawn Sleigh Rides
Sleigh Rides are available weekends and Monday holidays, December 14, 2013 - March 9, 2014, on a first come, first served basis.
11am - 4pm
$6 per person; $3 (5 & under)
For year round group and evening party packages, sleighrides or hayrides, call the park office at (315) 683-5550.
For more information about Cooperstown Carriage Company, our sleigh/hay ride vendor, click here to visit their website.
Walking and Hiking
The best way to experience the great outdoors is to explore the wooded trails of Highland. Click here to download a hiking map. Some of the trails at Highland Forest are part of the Finger Lakes Trail which begins at the Pennsylvania -New York border in Allegany State Park and continues to the Long Path in the Catskill Preserve.
Explore Highland Forest on specially designated horseback trails. Horseback trails are open May 1 - October 31. All riders must park in the Skyline Lodge lot and register inside the lodge. Admission is $1 per person. Maps are available.
Horseback rides, provided by Highland Outfitters, are $30 per person per hour, available for ages 5 & up and are by appointment only, call 289-3775.
There is no better place to give your bike a workout than on the 20 miles of trails at the "Adirondacks of Central New York." Highland offers a mix of country road, mountain trail and backwoods adventure while opportunities for Off-Road Bicycling can be found on park roads and on fire lanes. Mountain Biking trails are open May 1 - October 31. All bikers must park in the Skyline Lodge lot and register inside the lodge. Admission is $1 per person. Click here to download a map or pick one up at the park office.
Request a shelter (available May-October) perfect for your next casual family function or group outing.
Youth Group Camping
Available year-round cabins rent from $95-$140, while tenting areas are $6-$35 per night. The rustic cabins are now available on a limited basis for family groups, call Highland Forest directly for more information.the Parks Reservation Department (315) 451-6249.
Bow/Deer Hunting is permitted in the Fall while Turkey Hunting is allowed in the Spring at Highland Forest. Permits can obtained by contacting the park. Please note: Cross bows are not permitted at Highland.
Host your next special event at Skyline Lodge!
The spectacular view from Highland Forest's Skyline Lodge will, without a doubt make your event one to remember. Including the grounds, Skyline Lodge may accomodate from 50-250. Our staff is ready to work with you to create the wedding, or any other event, of your dreams. The exclusive caterer is Orchard Vali, who will gladly work with you to create just the right menu for your special occasion. Click here to learn more about Skyline Lodge.
April - November: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
December - March: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
(closed Christmas Day)
Horseback Riding/Mountain Biking Season:
May 1 - October 31
All park users must register inside the Skyline Lodge.
|Highland Forest Trail Use
Hike/Bike/Snowshoe/Horseback Riding Day Pass: $3
Ski Day Pass: $10; $5 child (15 & under)
Ski Season Pass: $20; $10 child (15 & under)
Free Admission for Veterans, Active Military and up to three family members.
This offer applies to park admission only. Fees for programs, rentals, events, amenities, etc. are not included.
Present military I.D., Onondaga County FAVOR card, discharge papers or another form of official military identification.
Highland Forest Park
1254 Highland Forest Rd.
Fabius, NY 13063
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T: (315) 683-5550
F: (315) 683-5147
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