The Best Snow Sledding Hills In New Jersey
With Tips for Families With Kids
Winter in New Jersey is a great time of the year for snow sledding and for kids to enjoy the snow.
Sledding is fun, healthy, a great kids exercise, and it's also inexpensive to do.
New jersey has a large variety of gentle rolling hills that make it ideal for families with young kids looking for snow sledding. They feature sledding areas with facility amenities such as parking, rest rooms, and other features can be found at state and county parks, and golf courses.
Popular Sleds or Sledding Devices for Kids
Saucers: They are very inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to use. They they offer little or no steering control, though because they are lightweight, are easy to carry uphill.
Toboggans: They come in a variety of types and different costs, from the basic toboggan to the more expensive models with steering wheels. They are sleds without runners, and come in either wood or plastic models.
Classic Sleds: These the traditional sleds like the Flexible Flyer with runners and front end steering.
Inflatable Snow Sleds and Tubes: With a protective blanket of air, they offer a more comfortable and smoother ride. The drawback is that control of steering and speed is more difficult and can be more prone to injuries.
Tips For Safe Sledding
In recent years, some NJ Parks have shut down their sledding slopes as a result of serious injuries and lawsuits. Some of these parks have had injuries caused by teens looking to have a "scary" downhill experience. To ensure your child has a safe and fun sledding experience, follow these recommendations:
Purchase a sled with some steering control.
Have your child wear protective clothing including a bicycle helmet and protective pads, and gloves. Though helmets are not required in New Jersey for sledding, it's a good safe practice for children to wear helmets.
Closely supervise children. Be alert to other sledders. Proceed down the hill when there are no faster, more aggressive sledders right behind your child. Unsupervised children and teens are more likely to try dangerous stunts that can cause injury to themselves and others.
Where available, sledding hills have been provided with telephone numbers. It is suggested that you call ahead to verify snow conditions, facilities, access permission, and other important information.
Northern NJ Snow Sledding Hills
Allamuchy Mountain State Park
800 Willow Grove Street
A 7,000 acre designated natural area, they are open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Atkins Glen Park
Park Ridge, NJ
N. Monroe Ave
The slopes have two levels that can be fun for both beginning children and the more adventurous older kids.
Duke Island Park
Old York Road
A gentle slope that runs from near Old York Road down into the park.
Echo Lake Park
Summer Arts Hill
1165 Globe Avenue
Parking is available close by. From the road, walk up the hill, sledding is safe and slopes gently away from the road.
Meadow brook Lane
South Orange, NJ
Located adjacent to Meadowland Park and The Baird Community Center, it's one of the most popular sledding areas in NJ.
Hopatcong State Park
Lewis Morris County Park
270 Mendham Road
Ringwood State Park
1304 Sloatsburg Road
Sledding is permitted on two hills in the Ringwood Manor section.
Round Valley Recreation Area
Samuel Nelkin County Park
Schooley's Mountain Park
91 East Springtown Road
South Mountain Reservation
West Orange/Millburn, NJ
This is a big park with a lot of hills to sled. The hill along Brookside Drive is very popular. Parking is available on Brookside Drive.
Sussex County Community College
One College Hill Road
Tourne County Park
1 Old Denville Road
A portion of the park road is closed on snowy days and designates it an official sledding hill.
Van Saun County Park
216 Forest Avenue
River Edge, NJ
Vorhees State Park
251 County Road
Glenn Gardner, NJ
Central NJ Snow Sledding Hills
Behind Aldi on Rt. 36
West Long Branch
Cheesequake State Park
300 Gordon Road
Sledding is permitted on the hill adjacent to the Hooks Creek Lake parking area.
The sledding hill is at the end of South 2nd Avenue.
East Brunswick High School
380 Cranbury Rd
East Brunswick, NJ
Sledding on the Hill behind the High School. Snow jumps are regularly made by the locals.
26 Baptist Cuurch Road
Open from 9 a.m. to sundown, pending clearing of roadways
44 Longstreet Road
One of the best places for kids snow sledding in Monmouth County and the Jersey Shore. The park is open for sledding when there is two or more inches of snow on the ground. Park hours are from 8am-7pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from 8am-9pm Friday and Saturday.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
16 Business Route 33
Open daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Bath rooms are inside the visitor center
Has a very long run down a gentle slope. The sled hill is on the former ski hill near the Grove 4 picnic area.
Southern NJ Snow Sledding Hills
Chestnut Branch Park
Main St. & Center St.
Rest rooms are located in the building near the pavilion.
Fort Mott State Park
454 Fort Mott Road
St. Patrick's Elementary School
211 Cooper Street
Not crowded with plenty of parking available.
Bunker Hill Road
Woodcrest, Cherry Hill
GPS: N 39Ã‚Â° 52.860 W 074Ã‚Â° 59.302
18S E 500994 N 4414549
A gentle hill, great for kids under 13 years of age. The sledding area is in a basin and can be accessed anywhere around the "bowl".
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