Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

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Highland Forest

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. Click here to download the Highland Forest Trail Maps. Click here for the latest condition report.

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Beaver Lake Nature Center

Beaver Lake offers 7 miles of ski trails. All ski trails are rated easy with the exception of the Three Meadows Trail which is rated moderate. Trails are one way on weekends. Please note: Beaver Lake does not rent skis, you need to bring your own.

  • Lake Loop Trail 3.0 miles (4.8 kms)
  • Deep Woods Trail 1.4 miles (2.3kms)
  • Woodland Trail 1.1 miles (1.7 kms)
  • Three Meadows Trail 1.5 miles (2.4 kms)
  • Pine Meadow Trail 0.5 miles (multiple use)

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Oneida Shores Park

Enjoy Cross Country Skiing on the McKinley Ridge Trail or Lake Access. The trail is approximately 3/4 mile long, marked with yellow diamond trail markers,and travels around the ridge between the Cicero Swamp and the McKinley Reserved Area. It is a beginner level trail, with only two small inclines to navigate. It runs through a climax hardwood forest and open fields at the McKinley Shelters. Trail access is from the parking lot at the West McKinley Shelter parking lot.

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Onondaga Lake Park

Enjoy Cross Country Skiing on the Shoreline Walking Trail, the Long Branch Park loop or on the West Shore Trail.  Bring your own equipment.

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