Highland Forest Main Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New Woodstock, New York 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.

Length8.5 miElevation gain1,194 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCross-country skiingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsSnowshoeingBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeBlowdownBugsMuddyFee
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This loop trail begins at Highland Forest Park's Skyline Lodge. The trail is well marked with green "M" tags on the trees. The trail is well shaded in the summer and winds through peaceful forests with a few easy stream crossings. The trail dips up and down with short but moderately strenuous elevation gains and occasionally intersects cross-country skiing trails, day use shelters, and horseback riding trails. You can bring leashed dogs on this trail. The Skyline lodge has water fountains and restrooms and you can purchase a day pass from a park attendant.

Plenty of parking; large enough for campers. Features full bathroom facilities and a dining/event room. Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals available.

Highland Forest Park Box 31 1254 Highland Forest Rd. Fabius, NY 13063 Get Directions T: (315) 683-5550 F: (315) 683-5147 highland@ongov.net

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Kristina Lambright
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Great trail! Lots of inclines and declines. Like another poster, we did not follow the AllTrails route exactly and instead just used the marks for the Main Trail ("M") to guide us.

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Matt Thomson
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A little muddy out, still some snow in the shaded areas. Overall good hike.

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Tom Oak
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Meghan Gaskin
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Great trail and very well marked! We did this trail with our to pups at the end of March. It was a bit muddy in spot still - If you go after a good rain be sure to bring some extra socks/shoes for the drive home.

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Drew Walier
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Very well marked. The all trials route is not identical to the main trail. I just followed the main trail

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Victor Walz
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Bryce Marie
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SnowshoeingGreat!Snow

Trail was well marked and you definitely need snowshoes for the winter. Highly recommend going the “correct way” and the way the app recommends due to the amount of inclines and declines. Took myself and 2 other novice hikers 5 hours to complete. Would definitely do it again and recommend it to others who have some hiking experience under their belt.

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Ryan McConn
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Beautiful, well marked

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adam williams
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Cade Ellison
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Good snowshoe hike. Lots of incline and declines keeping it interesting.

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Michael Weaver
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Alex Reber
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Great trail, very well marked!

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Ian Stokes-Rees
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Cross-country skiingGreat!

Great trail. Took us 3.5 hours at a leisurely pace with just one 5 minute rest stop. Great conditions. Warning hut with wood stove at 4 mile mid way point.

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Chris Ross
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Cool and cloudy, but at the 1/2 way point, pretty neat cloud cover in an opening that was eerily beautiful. 3 hours, with some muddy areas that slowed us a little.

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Terry Hoffmann-DeWitt
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Good hike for the day. The M trail does not follow AllTrails exactly. We didn’t want to go the full 8 miles so cut it short. Not much mud. The main lodge isn’t open at the moment. There are restrooms open if u go counterclockwise. Warm too.

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Austin Freeman
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Beth Wagner
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Nice hike. Muddy.

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jonah Schmelling
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great trail, well marked. a tad muddy last week but loved it.

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April Keenan
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Renee Rein-Mcneil
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nicely marked trail

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James Rhone
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Phil Rudolph
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David McDonough
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Kristin P
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Hiked this trail with our 11 and 9 year olds in about 5 hours. Profile says it is 8.1 miles but we found it to be closer to 9 miles. Very well marked and fairly well groomed. No overlooks or views but interesting changes throughout woods and landscapes. We haven't had rain in weeks so the trail was in good condition with very little bugs but be aware that Highland Forest gets very muddy and buggy very easily.

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Trai An
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James Rhone
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Dan Kimlinger
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trails were great today

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