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.


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. 

  • Dogs Allowed

    Dogs Allowed

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

  • Food


    Concession type foods available weekends December-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.

    May 9th- June 28th Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm
    June 30th-September 6th Open Tuesday - Sunday (Closed Mondays), 10:00am-5:00pm
    September 11th- October 25th Open 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 by contacting the park.

  • 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.

  • 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 hay rides if not enough snow) are available weekends, mid-December - late-February on a first come, first served basis. Click here to check our calendar for updates.

  • Sledding


    There is no charge to use the sledding hill which is 300'.

  • Snowshoeing


    Over 20 miles of snowshoeing and hiking trails

  • 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
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)

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 Forest Rd.
Fabius, NY 13063

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

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Highland Forest

Current Weather
light rain
Hi 49.77 F° | Lo 49.77 F°
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Available through the end of business on Sunday, March 29.


10" base and less throughout groomed classic and skate ski trails.


Spring conditions consisting mostly of frozen granular with icy patches and surface, and or bare spots developing daily. Track-setting of the Pines Junction Trail and Westwind Loop last occurred on Monday, March 23. Combing of the Southside Loop and ska

Additional Information

Trail grooming has ceased for the 2014-2015 ski season.  This is the last conditions report for this season.

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


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Last updated: 3/26/15