Onondaga County Parks

Natural Areas & Forests

Beaver Lake BirdsNature at its best can be found throughout Onondaga County. Explore forests, meadows and wetlands on nine miles of winding trails and boardwalks at Beaver Lake Nature Center. Stop by Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, a quaint countryside park to get a peek at the lifecycle of a fish from tiny sac fry to huge breeders. Escape to a special world of tall trees and over 20 miles of year-round trails ideal for cross country skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking at Highland Forest. Scenic trails leading to a 137’ cascading waterfall beckon visitors to enjoy an invigorating walk or romantic picnic at Pratt’s Falls. And for a challenging experience, Spafford Forest, offers 701 acres of undeveloped land and wilderness.

During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.