###Contact: Kevin Merrill (315) 683-5550
Fabius, N.Y. - Locally known as the "Adirondacks of Central New York" Highland Forest County Park, located just outside of Fabius, has become the place residents and visitors alike flock to for wintertime fun. Highland boasts over 20 miles of cross-country ski trails, 11 of which are groomed and track-set for all ability levels, and over 20 miles of snowshoeing and hiking trails. 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. In addition, individuals may enjoy a ride on the horse-drawn sleigh, a slide down the sledding hill, or the cozy fire and spectacular views from Skyline Lodge with hearty fare from the park's concession. Beginning Saturday, December 15, the trails and Skyline Lodge will be open to the public daily 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Sleigh or hay rides will be running weekends through March 17 and weekdays December 24, 26-January 1 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm for $6; $3 for 5 and under, on a first come, first served basis. Inside the Lodge, Skiing and snowshoeing equipment will be available to rent at the rental shop daily from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Daily use of the ski trails is $5 for age 16 and older and $2 for age 15 and younger. Daily use of the park for all other use is $1 for age 22 and older. For frequent users of the trails, a $20 adult and $10 child ski season pass, and a $10 snowshoe/hiking season pass is available for purchase at the Information Desk inside Skyline Lodge. Cross Country Ski Lessons will be offered weekends mid December - mid March and daily during school breaks (except Christmas), weather permitting. A 10am session, by reservation only, will be offered while lessons will also be available on a first come, first served basis from 12-3:30pm. A lesson is $20, which includes equipment rental, or $10 for folks who have their own skis and poles. Highland Forest, an Onondaga County Park, is located off of Route 80, 4 miles east of the Village of Fabius. For more information, call (315) 683-5550 or visit http://www.onondagacountyparks.com/.