Highland Forest Nature Trail

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Highland Forest Nature Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fabius, NY that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles 221 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

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. (Copied from the park's website 5/27/13: http://onondagacountyparks.com/highland-forest/) Walking and Hiking The best way to experience the great outdoors is to explore the wooded trails of Highland. Click here to 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. Horseback Riding Explore Highland Forest on specially designated horseback trails. Horseback trails are open May 1 - October 31. All riders must park in the Skyline Lodge lot and register inside the lodge. Admission is $1 per person. Maps are available. Horseback rides, provided by Highland Outfitters, are $30 per person per hour, available for ages 5 & up and are by appointment only, call 289-3775. 2013 Hours May 11 - June 21 Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm June 21 - September 3 Daily except Wednesday 10am - 5pm September 6 - October 27 Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm Ride can be extended up to 2, 3 or 4 hours. A maximum of two riders under the age of 8 per group, if there are riders between ages 5-8 years old, a complimentary guide will accompany the group. Private rides are available. Overnight Packages Now Available! 1.5 hour ride in the evening Evening meal catered by Orchard Vali Overnight stay at Valley Camp Breakfast served at the Skyline Lodge 1 hour ride after breakfast Minimum of 6 people required Please call 289-3775 early for best available dates and rates. New for Summer 2013 - Learn to Ride Horseback Riding Adventure (8yrs and Up) Our horseback riding adventure introduces new riders to the amazing world of horseback care, understanding and riding. During the 3 day sessions riders will: Learn Horse Anatomy, Colors and Markings How to Halter, Lead, Groom and Catch a Horse Saddling Riding Techniques, Mounting, Dismounting,Balance and Safety Trail Riding Feeding and Horse Health Crafts and Activities Learn to Ride Certificate of Completion Only 8 riders per week are accepted into the program. Please contact us for additional details and pricing. Additional private trail riding lessons available for all program attendees for an additional fee, please contact Highland Outfitters for additional information. Session 1 June 24-26 Session 2 July 15-17 Session 3 July 22-24 Session 4 July 29-31 Sessions run from 9am-1pm and are $160.00 per session. Mountain Biking 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. Mountain Biking trails are open May 1 - October 31. All bikers must park in the Skyline Lodge lot and register inside the lodge. Admission is $1 per person. Click here to download a map or pick one up at the park office. Picnics Request a shelter (available May-October) perfect for your next casual family function or group outing. Youth Group Camping Available year-round cabins rent from $95-$140, while tenting areas are $6-$35 per night. The rustic cabins are now available on a limited basis for family groups, call Highland Forest directly for more information. To request a shelter, click here to visit our reservations webpage or call the Parks Reservation Department (315) 451-6249. Download the Youth Camping at Highland Forest brochure 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. Please note: Cross bows are not permitted at Highland.

2 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

Pretty good XC riding, nothing too difficult and not very technical. A few trails have some nice wood features but some need maintenance. If you're looking for a nice fun downhill ride, Rippin, Unemployment, Dirtworks, and Vanderkamp are your best bets. Personally I would love to be able to build my own trail in some of the sections here, but that would be very frowned upon. Overall, the area is nice for XC but I believe it has potential for some much better trails including some downhill.

hiking
5 months ago

Not for the faint of heart! Literally - lots of cardio! There's a -lot- of up and down that I wasn't quite expecting, but plenty of flatter areas between to rest. The shelters were well placed for resting and the vast majority of the trek was shaded. No drinking water between start and finish, though - I'd say bring a camel pack with 1-2L capacity, and take it slow. Took me around 4 hours to complete. Expect that or longer. Definitely going again.

mountain biking
5 months ago

I went mountain biking here by myself the other day for the first time. I got lost a few times trying to find the bike specific trails, but the trails are well marked and easy to follow. The trails were nice and decently maintained. The map system is great but I regret not bringing a compass. Overall a great place to ride your bike

7 months ago

The trail has a lot of diversity and really helpful signage with maps every so often. The trail clearly sees a lot of maintenance, made evident by the many trail structures in place, including an impressively long turnpike system. There are definitely some blowouts and muddy spots along the way but they didn't put us off our hike today. Minimal incline, not a challenging walk. I would definitely go again.

8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike

hiking
11 months ago

I hiked the Phil Suters Memorial Main Trail the day after Christmas. The trail was very muddy and incredibly eroded making this a very miserable experience. The most eroded sections appear to have been caused by motorized vehicles. It also appears they are in the process of a lumber felling operation as there was a very large number of trees lying perpendicular to the trail reducing the natural feel of forest. Some more positive points of this park is that it is very well marked, has a number of lean-to structures, and has a staffed lodge with restrooms. At the time of my hike there was a $3 day use admission.

1 year ago

Awesome place

snowshoeing
1 year ago

I have both snowshoed and cross-country skied here. There are dedicated trails for each making both a nicer experience. The evergreen forest is beautiful, especially after a fresh snowfall. There are various trails from easy to moderate. The lodge is beautiful with a nice fireplace. There's also a sledding hill. There's a small fee for annual use as well as a slightly higher fee for cross-country skiing

hiking
1 year ago

Have hiked this trail several times and have enjoyed it on every occasion. I always do the full main trail to get the most out of my hike. Makes for a really nice few hours of nature and great exercise.

hiking
3 years ago

Hike the green marked rim trail. My GPS clocked it farther than the map list it. Still a fairly easy hike some 20* hills but they weren't to long. A couple cut off trails to make it shorter. Nice place great lodge.

hiking
3 years ago

Easily accessible, multi-use trails. We did the near nine-mile "Main Trail" today. Essentially, the hike takes you around the perimeter of the park. It was interesting enough, with plenty of ups and downs, various environments, a few creeks and nice overlooks of the surrounding farmland. Though, in a region that boasts some of the most beautiful gorges east of Mississippi, I wouldn't place this hike in my top five. Given that it's late spring, it was very muddy for a good clip (bring the hiking boots).