Highland Forest

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. 

An interactive trail map can now be downloaded to your mobile device using Maprika. Among other features, this free app allows you to locate friends anywhere in the park and track your route. Once you download the app in the Apple Store or Google Play, download the map here

NEW: Highland Forest Annual, Cross Country Ski Season & Hunting Passes can be purchased AND paid for online beginning one month before season opening dates. Click here for more information. 

Click here to download the Highland Forest Trail Maps.
 

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Host your next special event at Skyline Lodge!

The spectacular view and unique Adirondack style of Highland Forest's Skyline Lodge will make your event one to remember. Our staff is ready to work with you to create the wedding, or any other event, of your dreams. Click here to learn more about Skyline Lodge.

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.

Highland Forest

  • Camping - Youth Groups

    Camping - Youth Groups

    Available year-round cabins rent from $95-$140, while tenting areas are $6-$35 per night. Click here for more information including prices, capacities, amenities and more. To request a cabin or tenting site, click here to visit our reservations webpage or call the Parks Reservation Department (315) 451-6249. For more information about the campsites, specific amenities and the facilities, contact Highland Forest at (315) 683-5550 or highland@ongov.net.

  • Cross-Country Skiing

    Cross-Country Skiing

    Highland boasts 40 miles of cross-country ski trails, 20 of which are groomed and track-set for all ability levels, and 3 skate ski loops. 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. Ski, boot & pole rentals are available. 

    Click here to download the Highland Forest Trail Maps.

    Click here
     for the latest condition report.

    Cross Country Ski Day Pass: $10; $5 child (15 & under)

    Cross Country Ski Season Pass: $30; $20 child (15 & under)

    Cross Country Ski Season Passes can be purchased AND paid for online beginning November 1. Click here for more information.

  • Dogs Allowed

    Dogs Allowed

    Dogs must be a 6 ft. leash and remain on hiking trails. They must be under control at all times, inoculated for rabies and never left unattended.

  • Food

    Food

    The Skyline Lodge Cafe will be open weekends beginning Saturday, December 18 from 11:00am-3:00pm. Run by our exclusive caterer, Bull & Bear Roadhouse, hearty fare will be featured on the menu:

    Pulled Pork Sandwich
    BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich
    Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
    Mac & Cheese
    Mac & Cheese Bonfire
    Buffalo Mac & Cheese
    Nachos with or without meat
    Hot Dog
    Chili Dog
    Chili
    Cheese Dog
    Pretzel Sticks with Cheese
    Pizza 

    Coffee; Coffee Cocktail; Hot Chocolate; Hot Chocolate Cocktail; Beer & Soda

    Menu subject to change.

  • Historic Sites

    Historic Sites

    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.  The museum is operated by the Fabius Historical Society. 

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback Riding

    Horseback Rides

    Enjoy an outing on horseback at Highland Forest. Rides provided by Highland Outfitters, are $40 per person per hour, available for ages 5 & up and are by appointment only, call (315) 289-3775 or (607) 345-2152.

    2022 Hours of Operation:
    May 7 - June 19 • Friday, Saturday & Sunday • 10:00am-5:00pm
    June 21 - September 4 • Tuesday - Sunday • 10:00am-5:00pm
    September 19 - October 23 • Friday, Saturday & Sunday • 10:00am-5:00pm

    Group Reservations and Rates available upon request

    Bringing your own horse?

    Horseback trails are open May 1 - October 31. Explore Highland Forest on specially designated horseback trails. All riders must register in the Skyline Lodge, fill out an equestrian permit, be prepared to show Coggins Papers and pay the $3 daily park admission or purchase a $25 horseback riding pass (good for unlimited use for 1 year, within season, and includes entry gate access.) All riders must use the Highland Forest Horseback Riding Map. For details, parking and gate information, call the office at (315) 683-5550.

  • Hunting

    Hunting

    Bow/Deer Hunting is permitted in the Fall while Turkey Hunting is allowed in the Spring at Highland Forest. Purchase of a season hunting pass is required.

    New in 2021, Highland Forest Hunting Passes can be purchased online beginning one month before season opening date. Click here for more information.

    All passes purchased will need to be picked up at Highland Forest's Skyline Lodge. Lodge hours are currently 10:00am-3:00pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Hunters will need to supply vehicle information and present hunting license. 

    Click here for Bow/Deer Hunting Map & Rules. Click here for Turkey Hunting Rules & Map.

  • Mountain Biking

    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 the Highland Forest Trail Maps or pick one up at the park office.

  • Picnic Areas

    Picnic Areas

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

  • Rentals: Skis

    Rentals: Skis

    Package (includes skis, Boots and Poles) $15 for Adults, $10 for Children ( 15 and under). 
    Individual items, Skis, Boots and Poles all $7 each. 

  • Rentals: Snowshoes

    Rentals: Snowshoes

    Snowshoe rentals are available daily, weather permitting. Adults $10, Child $5 (15 & under). 

  • Sleighrides

    Sleighrides

    Enjoy a picturesque 20 minute sleigh (or hay) ride through the Highland Forest's winter woods. Rides operate with or without snow.

    2022 - 23 Hours of Operation:
    December 17 - February 26 • Weekends
    Subject to change

    • 11am - 3:30pm, last ride leaves at 3:30pm
    • $10 per person; $5 for ages 5 & under
    • Reservations required, new online reservations available...coming soon!

    For more information about Highland Outfitters Inc., our ride vendor, or to book a private sleigh ride, call (315) 289-3775.

  • Sledding

    Sledding

    There is no charge to use the sledding hill which is 300'. Please note: The sledding hill is not supervised.

  • Snowshoeing

    Snowshoeing

    Highland Forest trails offers all levels of snowshoers a chance to enjoy the forest on 6 trails of varying lengths: .5 miles to 8. 7 miles. Snowshoes are rented daily during park hours, conditions permitting, for $10; $5 (15 & under.) 

    Daily Admission: $3 per person
    Annual Park Pass
    : $25. Passes are valid for a calendar year. Click here for more information. This pass is valid for snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking & horseback riding. This pass is not valid for Cross Country Skiing.

    Click here to download the Highland Forest Trail Map.

  • Trails (Walking/Hiking)

    Trails (Walking/Hiking)

    The best way to experience the great outdoors is to explore the wooded trails of Highland. Click here to download the Highland Forest Trails 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.

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.

Highland Forest

Open Daily

Park Hours:
April - November: Dawn to Dusk
December - March: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Office/Skyline Lodge Hours:
April - November: 8:30am - 4:00pm
December - March: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Closed Christmas

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.

Highland Forest

Highland Forest Trail Use

Admission: $3 per person (includes hikingmountain bikinghorseback riding and snowshoeing.)

Annual Park Pass: $25 per person (includes hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and snowshoeing.)  
Passes are valid for a calendar year.
Annual passes must be purchased using the online application.
Click here for Annual Pass information/application. This pass is not valid for Cross Country Skiing.

Horseback Riding Pass: $25 per person.
Passes are valid for a calendar year.
Click here for more information/application. This pass is not valid for Cross Country Skiing.
Parking for all daily users is in the general parking lot at Skyline Lodge.  Click here for more information on individual horseback riding requirements.

Cross Country Ski Day Pass: $10; $5 child (15 & under)
Cross Country Ski Season Pass: $30; $20 child (15 & under)

All park users must register inside the Skyline Lodge.  

Free Admission for Veterans, Active Military and up to three family members.
This offer applies to park admission only. Fees for cross country skiing, 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.

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.

Highland Forest

Highland Forest Park
1254 Highland Park Road
PO Box 31 - Mailing Address
Fabius, NY 13063

Park Information
(315) 683-5550
Fax: (315) 683-5147
highland@ongov.net

Reservation Information - Skyline Lodge, Shelters & Youth Group Camping
(315) 451-6249
reservations@ongov.net

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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.

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