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Sledding in NJ, Exploring the Parks, Schools and other Locations

IMG_4725 Looking for stuff to do in the winter weather? We’ve compiled a great post about our favorite winter spots as well as very helpful links from other sites that give you some great tips on what to do this season!

Today we focus on sledding spots in NJ!

Note: Locations below are designated sledding “at your own risk.” Please use caution.

As a mom of 3,  it’s a bit of a project to get the kids out in the first place. Finding the best spot of sledding can be tricky especially with a mixed crowd of older kids who need a good hill and little ones who are just beginning their sledding experience.

Meisel Park February 2014

Matt, my 7yo, at Meisel’s Basin. (across from Meisel Park), Springfield NJ

My own sledding experience started when they used to close down Ravine Ave, . in Hasbrouck Heights NJ (the one-way winding road with always a great kid-made snow ramp/jump) back in the eighties. No longer do they close Ravine, but there are plenty of places to go. Check out this great video from LedgerLive, that highlights Floods Hill in South Orange, the back of Ridgefield Park High School and the recently closed for sledding Camp Dawson in Montville. Fast forward many years, my family favorites in Union County/Essex have been Briant Park in Summit NJ, (perfect for first-time sledders with a gentler hill) Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, NJ (has bathroom facilities) and South Mountain Reservation has a pretty steep hill. Here is the article I had posted about these places in the Springfield Patch.

 

Also we loved the second hll at South Mountain reservation in Millburn/West Orange, it wasn’t too steep.  Check out our experience here:

 

Since I can’t be at so many places at once, I started digging into some articles, and found that for Monmouth County, you should check out Holmdel Park that has a long gentle slope, and East Brunswick has a thrill-seeker’s black diamond hill.. as recommended by the Ledger Live crew. Here is another well-done video from them via youtube:   For more information on Holmdel Park sledding, check out their website and sledding video on this page from the county here. Below you have our master list of places to sled in NJ, there were some great local articles and feedback so make sure you check out the article links, that may have pictures and video! Also we included our park links when applicable so you can check out the other amenities a park may have. For a short cut, you can also peruse just parks that have sledding (20+), the summary page is here, we’ve added a bunch of more content to these for wintery weather, check it out!

North Jersey Sledding Places

Bergen County:

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City Sledding Location/Park Link Comments Links/Reference
Carlstadt Cobblestone Hill

North Jersey.com Article

Closter 340 Homans Ave. (School) Sled Riding Article
Demarest Northern Valley Regional High School, Knickerbocker Road. #4 on an informal survey done by northjersey.com North Jersey.com 2011 article

Fair Lawn

TJ Hill/ Thomas Jefferson Middle School on Morlot Avenue

 (closer to Henry B. Milnes Elementary school)

North Jersey.com Article

Haworth White Beeches Golf & Country Club Article via New Milford Patch
Leonia Grand Avenue and Moore Street, near Players Guild of Leonia and Leonia Swim Club. #6 listed for sledding informal survey on 2011 article Sledding article from northjersey
New Milford Borough/Town Hall Article no longer there, but it was recommended by the Patch
Paramus Van Saun Park  Article via Paramus Patch
Paramus Midland School Folks on city-data chime in on Paramus sledding location in link —>> City Data Forum
Park Ridge Atkins Glen Park (The Sand Pit) Freemont Avenue, Park Ridge 201-573-1800 Recommended via NJ Monthly
Ramsey High School, 256 E. Main St. Front of school facing Island Avenue. LIsted #1 in informal survey- check out article —> North Jersey Article
Ridgefield Park Ridgefield Park High School Featured on 2010 NJ best sledding hills 2010 edition on nj.com NJ.com 2010 video
Ridgewood Citizens Park Article from Ridgewood Patch
Rutherford Lincoln Woods area, West Pierrepont Avenue and Carmita Avenue, behind Lincoln School. #9 listed in informal survey by northjersey.com Hard to find sledding gems article
Teaneck Votee Park  contamination was found, may still be closed. Article via New Milford Patch
Tenafly Froggy Park- Foster Road and West Clinton Avenue. #5 Listed in informal survey by northjersey.com North Jersey.com
Wallington Samuel Nelkin County Park Our park post

Essex County:

Bloomfield Brookdale Park, Pulaski Park half the hill was reported to be roped off, not sure of status now. Check out our friends at Baristakids
Glen Ridge Carteret Park Baristakids 2013 article
Livingston Hillside School (Hillside Ave.) Comment from Jen!
Maplewood Maplewood Memorial Park Editor’s Pick from Maplewood Patch
Maplewood Jefferson Elementary, Maplewood Great spotlight here from Macaroni Kid —> Sledding Highlight from MacKid
Millburn/West Orange South Mountain Reservation, Brookside Dr. Article from Millburn Patch
Montclair Mountainside Park, Montclair 12-4pm closes a street for sledding- Busy spotsee details (2014 article)—> Montclair Patch- 2014 sledding article
Montclair Nishuane Park, Montclair Beloved hill by residents for sledding News about proposed water well (2013)
Newark Branch Brook Park Sledding video from 1928- NO, I’m not kidding–> Youtube by fwissreel, 1928 footage
South Orange Cameron Field Our park post Facebook Post
South Orange Floods Hill, Meadowbrook Lane 973-378-7754 South Orange Patch Article on Floods
West Orange Redwood Elementary Baristakids article for all local sledding spots
West Orange Francis A. Byrne Golf Course 1100 Pleasant Valley Way  Article via Yahoo Voices (Nora Beane)

Hunterdon County:

Annandale Round Valley Recreation Area- 908-236-6355 Recommended via NJ Monthly
Glen Gardner Voorhees State Park 251 County Road 908-638-6969 Recommended via NJ Monthly

Middlesex  County:

East Brunswick East Brunswick High School

Monmouth County:

Holmdel Holmdel Park Article via Holmdel Patch
Manalapan Monmouth Battlefield State Park 16 Business Route 33, 732-462-9616 Recommended via NJ Monthly
Matawan  Cheesequake State Park 300 Gordon Road, Matawan; 732-566-2161 Recommended via NJ Monthly

Morris County:

Boonton/Denville/Mtn Lakes Tourne County Park- Old Denville Rd Morris County Park Morris Parks Link
Chester Grove St. Park  Township Park
Chester Chubb Park Township Park Township Link
Gillette Gillette School, Valley Rd., Gillette More info on sledding on Kids Guide link here
Harding/Mendham/Morris Lewis Morris County Park- 270 Mendham Rd. Sledding permitted from Mendham Overlook to Doe Meadow ballfield- from kids guide link Morris Parks Link
Landing Hopatcong State Park, Lakeside Blvd. 973-398-7010 Link to NJ State Parks Info.
Long Valley  Hacklebarney State Park Kids Guide NJ- Posted areas open 8am-4:30pm, 908-879-5677
Morristown  Jockey Hollow Kids Guide NJ- 973-543-4030. Designated areas. Stop at Visitors Center (Tempe Wick Rd. for trail map. Park open 8am-5pm.
Pequannock Greenview Park
Randolph Brundage Park, Carrell Road from Kids Guide.com 
Randolph County College of Morris, Dover-Chester Rd., Randolph Twp. from Kids Guide.com 
Stirling Central School in Stirling More info on sledding on Kids Guide link here
Washington Twp Schooley’s Mountain County Park- 91 E. Springtown Rd.- kids guide link to more info More info on sledding on Kids Guide link here Morris Parks Link

Passaic County:

Ringwood Ringwood State Park Recommended via NJ Monthly

Salem County:

Pennsville Fort Mott State Park 856-935-3218 Recommended via NJ Monthly

Somerset County:

Bridgewater Duke Island Park, Old York Rd., 908-722-7779 Recommended via NJ Monthly
Warren Warren Township Municipal 
Warren Various schools- see Kids Guide Link
Watchung Various schools/fields- see Kids Guide.com 

Union County:

Berkeley Heights  Hughes School, Snyder Ave.,  Kids Guide NJ
Cranford Lenape Park- areas away from waterway Union County Park Kids Guide NJ
Garwood Unami Park Union County Park Article/Photo from Cranford Pundit
Mountainside Echo Lake Park Union County Park Article/Photo Patch
Scotch Plains Scotch Hills Golf Course, Scotch Plains,(keep away from greens)  908-322-6700  Article/Photo Patch
Springfield Meisel Park (detention basin area)  Union County Park Kids Guide NJ
Summit Briant Park  Union County Park Article/Photo Patch
Westfield  Behind Tamaques School & by Wilson School School Article/Photo Patch

Warren County:

Hackettstown Allamuchy Mountain State Park- 800 Willow Grove St.  Recommended via NJ Monthly

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