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; 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

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. Learn more about Skyline Lodge.

 Photo Credit: Highland Forest entrance sign - Maggie Gallagher Photography

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 to download more information including prices, capacities and amenities. Download the Youth Group Camping Guidelines. To request a cabin or tenting site, visit our reservations webpage or call the Parks Reservation Department (315) 451-6249.

  • 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. Click here for the latest condition report.

  • Dogs Allowed

    Dogs Allowed

    Dogs must be a 6 ft. leash and remain on hiking trails.

  • Food


    Concession type foods available weekends mid-December - mid-March, 11am-4pm. 

  • 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.

  • Horseback Riding

    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 $35 per person per hour, available for ages 5 & up and are by appointment only, call 289-3775.

    2015 Hours of Operation:
    May 9 - June 28 • Friday, Saturday & Sunday • 10:00am-5:00pm
    June 30 - September 6 • Tuesday - Sunday • 10:00am-5:00pm
    September 11 - October 25 • Friday, Saturday & Sunday • 10:00am-5:00pm

    Group Reservations and Rates available upon request

  • Hunting


    Bow/Deer Hunting is permitted in the Fall while Turkey Hunting is allowed in the Spring at Highland Forest. Permits can obtained in person at the park during park hours.
    Click here for Bow/Deer Hunting Rules. Click here for Turkey Hunting Rules.

  • 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. Download a map 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. Click here for rental availability and the latest condition report.

  • Rentals: Snowshoes

    Rentals: Snowshoes

    Adults $10, Child $5.

  • Sleighrides


    Enjoy a picturesque 20 minute ride through the Highland Forest's winter woods. Sleigh Rides (or Wagon Rides) are available weekends, mid-December - late-February on a first come, first served basis. All rides will take place weather permitting. The park recommends calling the office ahead of time to check on the schedule. Click here to check our calendar for updates.

  • Sledding


    There is no charge to use the sledding hill which is 300'. Click here for the latest condition report.

  • Snowshoeing


    Over 20 miles of snowshoeing and hiking trails. Click here for rental availability and the latest condition report.

  • Trails (Walking/Hiking)

    Trails (Walking/Hiking)

    The best way to experience the great outdoors is to explore the wooded trails of Highland. 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.

Highland Forest

Open Daily

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

Office/Skyline Lodge Hours:
Year-round: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Closed Christmas

Highland Forest

Highland Forest Trail Use

Admission: $3 (Includes hiking, biking, horseback riding, with your own horse, and snowshoeing)
Annual Pass: $20
Ski Day Pass: $10; $5 child (15 & under)
Ski Season Pass: $25; $15 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 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

Highland Forest Park
Box 31
1254 Highland Park Road
Fabius, NY 13063

T: (315) 683-5550
F: (315) 683-5147

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Highland Forest

Current Weather
light snow
Hi 36.43 F° | Lo 28.69 F°
light snow


As of today, Saturday, February 6, 2016, ski and snowshoe rentals are NOT available due to very thin to no snow cover as well as exposed roots, stumps and stones throughout the trail system. The trails are, however, open for hiking.




Base Depth: 0"-1" , bare to thin cover, predominately, with hard pack and ice where snow remains.

Additional Information


Click here for ski rental information. Click here for snowshoe rental information.

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CONCESSIONS: Saturdays and Sundays; 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

SLEIGH RIDES: Saturdays and Sundays; 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM.  Weather and conditions permitting.  Last available ride departs at 3:30 PM.  When conditions do not permit the use of a sleigh, all rides will be on a horse-drawn wagon.  Adults $6.00, Children 5 years of age and under $3.00.  All rides are 20-25 minutes in length on a first-come-first-served basis.

Last updated: February 6th, 2016 @ 8:23am