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:

CitySledding Location/Park LinkCommentsLinks/Reference
CarlstadtCobblestone Hill 

North Jersey.com Article

Closter340 Homans Ave. (School) Sled Riding Article
DemarestNorthern Valley Regional High School, Knickerbocker Road.#4 on an informal survey done by northjersey.comNorth 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

HaworthWhite Beeches Golf & Country Club Article via New Milford Patch
LeoniaGrand Avenue and Moore Street, near Players Guild of Leonia and Leonia Swim Club.#6 listed for sledding informal survey on 2011 articleSledding article from northjersey
New MilfordBorough/Town HallArticle no longer there, but it was recommended by the Patch 
ParamusVan Saun Park  Article via Paramus Patch
ParamusMidland SchoolFolks on city-data chime in on Paramus sledding location in link —>>City Data Forum
Park RidgeAtkins Glen Park (The Sand Pit) Freemont Avenue, Park Ridge 201-573-1800 Recommended via NJ Monthly
RamseyHigh School, 256 E. Main St. Front of school facing Island Avenue.LIsted #1 in informal survey- check out article —>North Jersey Article
Ridgefield ParkRidgefield Park High SchoolFeatured on 2010 NJ best sledding hills 2010 edition on nj.comNJ.com 2010 video
RidgewoodCitizens Park Article from Ridgewood Patch
RutherfordLincoln Woods area, West Pierrepont Avenue and Carmita Avenue, behind Lincoln School.#9 listed in informal survey by northjersey.comHard to find sledding gems article
TeaneckVotee Park contamination was found, may still be closed.Article via New Milford Patch
TenaflyFroggy Park- Foster Road and West Clinton Avenue.#5 Listed in informal survey by northjersey.comNorth Jersey.com
WallingtonSamuel Nelkin County Park Our park post

Essex County:

BloomfieldBrookdale Park, Pulaski Parkhalf the hill was reported to be roped off, not sure of status now.Check out our friends at Baristakids
Glen RidgeCarteret Park Baristakids 2013 article
LivingstonHillside School (Hillside Ave.)Comment from Jen! 
MaplewoodMaplewood Memorial Park Editor’s Pick from Maplewood Patch
MaplewoodJefferson Elementary, MaplewoodGreat spotlight here from Macaroni Kid —>Sledding Highlight from MacKid
Millburn/West OrangeSouth Mountain Reservation, Brookside Dr. Article from Millburn Patch
MontclairMountainside Park, Montclair12-4pm closes a street for sledding- Busy spotsee details (2014 article)—>Montclair Patch- 2014 sledding article
MontclairNishuane Park, MontclairBeloved hill by residents for sleddingNews about proposed water well (2013)
NewarkBranch Brook ParkSledding video from 1928- NO, I’m not kidding–>Youtube by fwissreel, 1928 footage
South OrangeCameron FieldOur park postFacebook Post
South OrangeFloods Hill, Meadowbrook Lane 973-378-7754 South Orange Patch Article on Floods
West OrangeRedwood Elementary Baristakids article for all local sledding spots
West OrangeFrancis A. Byrne Golf Course 1100 Pleasant Valley Way  Article via Yahoo Voices (Nora Beane)

Hunterdon County:

AnnandaleRound Valley Recreation Area- 908-236-6355 Recommended via NJ Monthly
Glen GardnerVoorhees State Park 251 County Road 908-638-6969 Recommended via NJ Monthly

Middlesex  County:

East BrunswickEast Brunswick High School  

Monmouth County:

HolmdelHolmdel Park Article via Holmdel Patch
ManalapanMonmouth 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 LakesTourne County Park- Old Denville RdMorris County ParkMorris Parks Link
ChesterGrove St. Park Township Park 
ChesterChubb ParkTownship ParkTownship Link
GilletteGillette School, Valley Rd., GilletteMore info on sledding on Kids Guide link here 
Harding/Mendham/MorrisLewis Morris County Park- 270 Mendham Rd.Sledding permitted from Mendham Overlook to Doe Meadow ballfield- from kids guide linkMorris Parks Link
LandingHopatcong State Park, Lakeside Blvd. 973-398-7010 Link to NJ State Parks Info.
Long Valley Hacklebarney State ParkKids Guide NJ- Posted areas open 8am-4:30pm, 908-879-5677 
Morristown Jockey HollowKids Guide NJ- 973-543-4030. Designated areas. Stop at Visitors Center (Tempe Wick Rd. for trail map. Park open 8am-5pm. 
PequannockGreenview Park  
RandolphBrundage Park, Carrell Roadfrom Kids Guide.com  
RandolphCounty College of Morris, Dover-Chester Rd., Randolph Twp.from Kids Guide.com  
StirlingCentral School in StirlingMore info on sledding on Kids Guide link here 
Washington TwpSchooley’s Mountain County Park- 91 E. Springtown Rd.- kids guide link to more infoMore info on sledding on Kids Guide link hereMorris Parks Link

Passaic County:

RingwoodRingwood State Park Recommended via NJ Monthly

Salem County:

PennsvilleFort Mott State Park 856-935-3218 Recommended via NJ Monthly

Somerset County:

BridgewaterDuke Island Park, Old York Rd., 908-722-7779 Recommended via NJ Monthly
WarrenWarren Township Municipal   
WarrenVarious schools- see Kids Guide Link  
WatchungVarious schools/fields- see Kids Guide.com   

Union County:

Berkeley Heights Hughes School, Snyder Ave.,  Kids Guide NJ
CranfordLenape Park- areas away from waterwayUnion County ParkKids Guide NJ
GarwoodUnami ParkUnion County ParkArticle/Photo from Cranford Pundit
MountainsideEcho Lake ParkUnion County ParkArticle/Photo Patch
Scotch PlainsScotch Hills Golf Course, Scotch Plains,(keep away from greens) 908-322-6700 Article/Photo Patch
SpringfieldMeisel Park (detention basin area) Union County ParkKids Guide NJ
SummitBriant Park Union County ParkArticle/Photo Patch
Westfield Behind Tamaques School & by Wilson SchoolSchoolArticle/Photo Patch

Warren County:

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

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