Best Sledding Hills For New Jersey Families
It's cold, slippery, and—if you're talking about sledding—ridiculously fun. New Jersey is home to plenty of perfect sledding hills for all ages, and we've compiled this list of 24 great sledding spots throughout the state. So, now that the flakes have flown, it's time to break out your sleds, bundle up (helmets recommended!), and venture out to one of these great local hills.
Don't forget the safety check! Take a minute to make sure the hill isn't too steep or bumpy for your child and that there's enough of a "landing" spot so your little sledder can safely glide to a halt. Avoid spots near ponds and trees, and be sure that the hill doesn't end in a street or parking lot. Skip rocky hills, too.
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Floods Hill is South Orange's premier sledding spot. Photo by Mary Agnant
Where To Go Sledding in Northern New Jersey
Floods Hill in Meadowland Park– South Orange
Families from South Orange, Maplewood, and beyond head to Floods Hill for slick sledding. You can find both gentle and exhilarating slopes at this spot.
Atkins Glen Park – Park Ridge
This lovely spot is a deep ravine with Bear Brook cutting through it. For sledding, try the hilly, grassy area near the main road, but come early before the crowds form.
Echo Lake Park – Mountainside/Westfield
This huge park makes a lovely day trip in any season. On snowy days, head over to the Summer Arts Hill near Springfield Avenue in Westfield and sled to your heart's content.
Goffle Brook Park – Hawthorne
Goffle Brook is a long, narrow 103-acre park with plenty of gentle slopes for sledding.
Leonard Gordon Park – Jersey City
This sledding hill located in "Mosquito Park" is the stuff of legends, known for its steep hills.
Lewis Morris County Park – Morris Township
Celebrate the next snow day at Lewis Morris County Park. The long sledding hill at Doe Meadow is sure to get hearts racing as you glide.
Meisel Park – Springfield
On snowy days, grab your saucer and venture out to the detention basin area for some wintery fun.
Samuel Nelkin County Park – Wallington
Check out the hills on this 17-acre lawn. Bonus: Ice skating is permitted on the pond when the weather is cold enough.
Tourne County Park – Denville
Morris County residents have been heading to Tourne County Park for sledding for years. When it snows, the park road is closed to vehicles and open for sledding.
Make a day of the snow at Van Saun County Park. Photo courtesy of the park
Van Saun County Park – Paramus
With a zoo, carousel, pony rides, and a pond, this park has it all. On snowy days, there are a few hills to try here for sledding, but be sure to steer clear of trails near the trees.
Where To Go Sledding in Central Jersey
Buccleuch Park – New Brunswick
Located between the Raritan River and Easton Avenue, Buccleuch Park features 78 acres of rolling terrain. The designated sledding hill is located on the north side of the park, near the high-rise building. The short, moderately steep hill is a popular destination and gets crowded. Weather permitting, the park also allows ice skating.
Cheesequake State Park – Matawan
Sledding is allowed on the hill next to the Hooks Creek Lake parking lot, and cross-country skiing is permitted on the fields. The hill is on the shorter side and has both smooth and bumpy lanes.
Donaldson Park – Highland Park
Located on the banks of the Raritan River, the 90-acre Donaldson Park has a designated sledding spot at the end of South 2nd Avenue. Head there for some slippery winter fun!
Holmdel Park – Holmdel
Holmdel Park is a great spot for sledding on the hill near the pond, and you can ice skate on the pond when the ice is more than 5-inches thick. Note that the designated, mid-length sledding hill can get pretty crowded and lines can build leading up to the hill, so plan to arrive early!
Monmouth Battlefield State Park – Manalapan
Monmouth Battlefield State Park is both beautiful and historically significant. When the snow falls, the park is the perfect place to do some sledding. The sledding hill is long but not steep, making for a fun ride. The park also allows cross-country skiing when the ground is snow-covered.
Oak Glenn Park – Howell
The long sledding hill is right across from the park, between the library and police department.
Round Valley Recreation Area – Lebanon
This enormous 3,600-acre park has a long, sort of bumpy sledding hill (aka Toboggan Hill). Come back in the summer to swim in the beautiful, clear lake and play on the sandy beach!
Thompson Park – Monroe Township
Grab your sled and head to the hill near the Grove 4 picnic area, the park's official sledding hill. With long, unobstructed hills, Thompson Park is perfect for sledding and snowboarding. The sledding hills are not too steep, making them perfect for sledders of all ages.
Woodlot Park – Monmouth Junction
There's a sledding hill near the baseball fields that's perfect for kids. It's not too steep and has a gentle gliding area at the bottom.
Head to the hills of Southern New Jersey for a snow day! Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
Where To Go Sledding in Southern New Jersey
Chestnut Branch Park – Mantua
Sledding is popular in this sprawling park. Come back for the scenic trails and butterfly garden in the spring.
Fort Mott State Park – Pennsville
This old fort housed troops through the 1920s and is now open to visitors. On the nature trail, you'll find Fort Mott State Park's rolling hills, which are perfect for sledding and tubing.
Laurel Acres Park – Mount Laurel
This designated sledding hill is a good one. Located near a parking lot, the gentle, long slope delights younger children.
Memorial Park – Cinnaminson
Around 2011, Cinnaminson built a large sledding/exercise hill from recycled compost and discarded soil, and it's been attracting locals on snowy days ever since. Memorial Hill is great for kids of all ages.
Millcreek Park – Willingboro
This 14-acre park has two playgrounds and lots of open space. In the winter, it's the place to be for sledding with young kids, thanks to its large, gentle sledding hill.