The Best Sledding Hills in Westchester for Kids
The snowy season is upon us. While parents see the flakes fly and fret about shoveling and filling the fridge, kids see powdery snow blanketing the yards, sidewalks, and cars, and all they can think of is bundling up and getting outside for some snow day fun. If your plans—or theirs—include sledding, we've rounded up the most popular sledding hills across the county, along with some helpful tips for keeping little ones safe while they sled.
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
Sledding Hills at Westchester Golf Courses
Sledding is permitted in many public Westchester County golf courses once they are closed for the season. The vast smooth surfaces and rolling hills make them prime sledding spots. Parks passes are not required for entry, and golf courses are open daily from 8am to dusk.
Dunwoodie Golf Course – Yonkers
1 Wasylenko Lane
Maple Moor Golf Course – White Plains
2020 update: Maple Moor Golf Course is currently closed due to construction.
1128 North Street
Mohansic Golf Course – Yorktown Heights
1500 Baldwin Road
Saxon Woods Golf Course – Scarsdale
315 Mamaroneck Road
Sprain Lake Golf Course – Yonkers
290 East Grassy Sprain Road
Westchester County Parks With Great Sledding Hills
Three County parks are listed as official sledding destinations on the Westchester County Park's website. Unless noted, hours are daily from 8am to dusk.
Lasdon Park & Arboretum – Somers
2610 Amawalk Road (Route 35)
Open daily from 8am-4pm
Croton Gorge Park – Cortlandt
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation – Cross River
Route 35 and 121 South
Parking fees are collected on winter weekends; parking fees are $5 with a park pass and $10 without one.
Other Popular Sledding Spots in Westchester County
Davenport Park – New Rochelle
This local park offers a two-tiered run, plus spectacular views of the Long Island Sound.
Downing Park – Yorktown Heights
2881 Crompond Road
We love the tot-friendly hill that ends on a ball field, plus the fact there's plenty of parking. The park is open from 1/2 hour before dawn to 1/2 hour after dusk daily.
Flint Park – Larchmont
The largest park in the village, Flint Park, is great for younger kids who might not be ready for bigger hills (and thrills).
Gedney Park – New Castle
155 Millwood Road
This popular sledding destination comes with a few safety rules. A few years ago, the town of New Castle took steps to increase sledding safety, including requiring kids under 18 to wear helmets, adding fences and barriers, and re-grading the hill's slope.
White Plains High School – White Plains
550 North Street
This local school is a good spot if you have a range of ages with you. The terrain includes gentle hills for tots and steeper slopes for older kids.
Zinsser Park – Hastings-on-Hudson
Broadway and Edgars Lane
Little daredevils go crazy for the short—but steep—hill at Zinsser.
Safety Tips For Sledding Hills
With all the fun and excitement of racing down your favorite hill, let's not forget safety. Here are a few tips to help keep everyone safe:
- Seat children facing forward on the sled.
- Accompany younger kids on their ride.
- Helmets are recommended, especially for younger kids.
- Be careful of any loose clothing or scarves that can get tangled in a sled.
Of course, with so much green space in Westchester (including many fantastic backyards), chances are you don't have to stray far from home to find a great hill to tackle.
This post was originally written in 2015 and has since been updated.