Approaching snow storms mean more than visions of a pristine winter wonderland... they mean copious amounts of shoveling and SCHOOL CLOSINGS! And while every child eagerly waits to hear the words “school is closed today”, every mom is thinking “what the heck are we going to do all day?!” Fortunately, there is no shortage of sledding hills nearby. There are short and shallow hills that are ideal for the little ones, tubing parks with groomed long trails, and hair-raising steep hills that older kids will love.
Tips for your next sledding trip:
- Arrive early as parking spots fill quickly.
- Sledders should wear helmets if at all possible and snow pants to stay warm
- Bring extra mittens or gloves to replace wet ones
- Hand and toe warmer packets can be purchased at pharmacies and hardware stores
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NARA Park, 25 Ledge Rock Way. Park in the lot on Quarry Rd. Long, steep hills make for thrilling sledding! Sled ramps are not allowed.
Robbins Farm Park, 61 Eastern Ave
Davis Elementary School, 410 Davis Road. Small hill, best for littles.
Steele Farm, Middle Road. Snowshoeing trails also available.
Simonds Park, 10 Bedford St.
Marshall Simonds Middle School, 114 Winn St
Varney Park, 45 Varney Ave, North Chelmsford
South Row School, 250 Boston Rd
Byam School, 25 Maple Rd
Nashawtuc Hill, Nashawtuc Rd. Large and steep hill.
Concord-Carlisle HS, 500 Walden St.
Punkatasset Hill, Monument St
Larter Field, 80 Groton St
Groton Library, 99 Main St. Nice sledding hill located behind the library.
Lawrence Academy, 26 Powderhouse Rd
Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road. Non-members pay $5/per person.
Stow Road, 51 Stow Road. Large hill on conservation land.
Hayden Recreation Center, 24 Lincoln St. Hill is located behind the center and heads down towards Lincoln Park. Parking available on Worthen Road or Lincoln Street.
Tower Park, 1155 Massachusetts Avenue, near Seasons Four.
Reuben Hoar Library & Town Hall, 33-41 Shattuck Road. Hill is located behind the buildings.
Nashoba Valley Tubing Park, 179 Great Rd, Littleton ($$$, tubes provided). For age 6 and up.
Coolidge Park, corner of Elmwood and Parker Streets
Maynard County Club, 50 Brown St. Great hills for little and big kids.
Benjamin Hill, on Benjamin Road
Trull Brook Golf Course, 170 River Rd
Prospect Hill Park, 314 Totten Pond Rd
Stony Brook Middle School, 9 Farmer Way Westford. Steep hills, best for older kids!
Nabnasset Lake Country Club, 47 Oak Hill Rd. Small hills, great for little kids
For those willing to venture a little further, there are some good locations in New Hampshire as well:
Bragdon Farm, on Route 101 across from Twin Brook Lane. Former ski area with both steep and shallow hills. Park across NH-101 and walk through a tunnel under the roadway.
Alexander Carr Park, 28 Pierce Ave. Lodge is open during the winter months and has a concession stand and seating.
Mack’s Apples, Mammoth Road
Derryfield Country Club, Mammoth Rd
Roby Park, 126 Spitbrook Rd. Fantastic sledding at this steep and long hill. Park up at the top of the hill.
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