The Friends of Higley Flow State Park is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to

  • Providing a higher level of public awareness, understanding, appreciation, and respect for Higley Flow State Park's natural resources and activities.
  • Engcourage protection, preservation, and improvement of Park facilities and natural environment.
  • Seek and administer grants, gifts, donations, and in-kind support for the Friends projects including outdoor interpretive programs, park projects, and trail development & maintenance.
  • Provide support of activities for the benefit of the Park through volunteers & membership and encourage public participation in these activities.
  • Expand and implement educational programs.

Projects Include:

  • Higley Trails Lodge -- Completed in 2014.  This multi-functional building provides space for skiers in the winter and houses the Park's Nature Center in the summer.  It also serves as the hub for many activities at the Park from the Summer Naturalist Program, the Century Bike Event, and many winter events.
  • Trail Grooming and Maintenance of 10 miles of x-country ski trails for nordic and skate skiing.
  • Night Skiing on Tuesdays and Thursday when conditions allow.
  • 2-Mile Wood's Trail -- Named in honor of former Park Superintendent John Wood, this primitive hiking, snowshoeing, and ski trail was made posible through a Federal Trails Grant of $10,000.  
  • Beaver Pond Trail creates an additional mile of backcountry trails.
  • Annual Century Bike Event - Usually held the Saturday after Labor Day, this event is usually attended by about 50 cyclists.  100 km and smaller routes are available.  Event concludes with food and beverage.
  • Higley Hustle X-Country Ski Race -- A tradition for almost 30 years, various races and courses provided for all levels as part of the Colton Winterfest.
  • Hospice Challenge -- Co-Sponsored by the Colton Central School Honor Society, this snowshoe event is usually the first Saturday in February
  • Production of Tree & Bird Guides for the Area