Onondaga County Parks

Highland Forest


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

Popular Activities:

Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and Sleighrides

Highland boasts over 30 miles of cross-country ski trails, 20 of which are groomed and track-set for all ability levels, 3 skate ski loops, and over 20 miles of snowshoeing and hiking trails. It is the ideal place for skiers, snowshoers and hikers who are looking to experience the pristine nature that Southern Onondaga County has to offer.  In addition, individuals may enjoy a ride on the horse-drawn sleigh, a slide down the sledding hill, or the cozy fire and spectacular views from Skyline Lodge with hearty fare from the park's concession. Click here for more information about all of our winter activities.

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.

Horseback Riding

Horseback trails are open May 1 - October 31. Explore Highland Forest on specially designated horseback trails. All riders must park in the Skyline Lodge lot and register inside the lodge. 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.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking trails are open May 1 - September 30. 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.  All bikers must park in the Skyline Lodge lot and register inside the lodge. Click here to download a map or pick one up at the park office.

Pioneer Museum

Discover the unique history of Highland Forest and Fabius through an array of photographs and artifacts. Open June - August, Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm. Free admission.


Highland Forest features two outdoor shelters, Community and Tobert (available May-October) perfect for your next casual family function or group outing. Click here for more information.

Youth Group Camping

Available year-round cabins rent from $95-$140, while tenting areas are $6-$35 per night. Click here to download Youth Group Camping Information. To request a cabin or tenting site, click here to visit our reservations webpage or call 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. 


    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.

    New York Special Olympic Winter Games are Returning to Syracuse on February 4 & 5, 2011


Open Daily
April - November: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Please note: Trails close at 4:30pm in November

December - March: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
(closed Christmas Day)


All park users must register inside the Skyline Lodge.

Highland Forest Trail Use

Admission: $3
(Includes hiking, biking, horseback riding, with your own horse, and snowshoeing)
Annual Pass:

Ski Day Pass: $10; $5 child (15 & under)
Ski Season Pass: $25; $15 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
Box 31
1254 Highland Forest Rd.
Fabius, NY 13063
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T: (315) 683-5550
F: (315) 683-5147



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