Sledding Spots on Long Island

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Let's take a ride! Photo by Sandra Stelmach via LongIsland.com's Winter 2013-14: Snapshots of Snow & Seasonal Fun Photo Gallery

Winter is coming to Long Island which means its time to get ready for some snowy day fun! As the snowflakes begin to fall families across the Island bundle up and head outside for snowball fights, snow angels, snowman building, ice skating, and of course, sledding!

Though Long Island is relatively flat there are still plenty of places to visit across the Island for snowy slopes. Many of the Nassau County and Suffolk County parks allow the public, weather permitting, to use their facilities for sledding purposes. These parks have great hills to slide down and in a safe environment away from cars and buildings.

Not all parks on Long Island allow sledding and often times those that do allow it have their own set of rules that sledders must abide by. Certain parks also need a certain amount of snow accumulation before they deem the hills safe for public use and some don’t allow certain types of sledding vessels, like blow-ups or tubes. With all of this in mind, before you bundle up and head out to the snowy slopes, call ahead and make sure the facilities are open, available and ask what their specific rules are for sledders.

Great Long Island Parks To Visit To Go Sledding
Here are great locations around both Nassau and Suffolk County for sledding!

  • Bald Hill in Farmingville: located on North Ocean Avenue (CR 83) 1 mile north of L.I.E Exit 63
  • Belmont Lake State Park: Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon, NY 11704, 631-667-5055
  • Bethpage State Park: Bethpage Parkway, Farmingdale, NY 11735, 516-249-0701
  • Cedar Creek Park: Merrick Road, Seaford, NY 11783, 516-571-7472
  • Christopher Morley Park: Searingtown Road, Roslyn, NY 11576, 516-571-8113
  • Eisenhower Park: Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, NY 11554, 516-572-0348
  • Grant Park: Broadway and Sheridan Ave., Hewlett, NY 11557, 516-571-7821
  • Heckscher Park:  Prime Avenue & Route 25A, Huntington, NY 11743, 631-351-3000

Long Islander’s Favorite Sledding Spots
*Some of these may be unofficial sledding spots so they may be unsupervised. Show caution.

  • The Grange, Broadway Avenue, Sayville, NY 11782
  • Dead Man's Hill in North Valley Stream, Southbound Corona Ave between the entrance/exits of the Westbound Southern State Parkway. Parking is around the corner.
  • The Pits, Malverne High School field on the corner of Lakeview and Ocean Ave, Malverne


A young Long Islander enjoying some snow day fun! 
Photo by Ralph C. via LongIsland.com's Winter Storm Juno Photo Gallery.

Winter Sledding Safety Tips

  • Only sled when it is light outside
  • Only sled on streets that are blocked off from traffic
  • Watch out for snowy patches with bumps to avoid becoming airborne and incurring potential injuries
  • Stay out of the path of other sledders
  • If your slope becomes very busy move to another location to avoid collisions
  • Never sled alone
  • Kids should always be accompanied by an adult when going sledding
  • Stick to the snow and avoid sledding on slick ice
  • Wear protective gear (helmet, thick gloves, knee pads elbow pads)
  • Sled feet first to avoid chances of head injury

Checklist Before Heading Out the Door

  • Dress in comfortable and warm snow gear, and in layers
  • Bring your ID and insurance cards (you never know when you'll need it)
  • Treat lips with chapstick to avoid dry, cracked and irritated lips
  • Apply sunscreen (yes, it's necessary because the sun reflects off the snow, so you get a double-dose of sun rays)
  • Review for loose screws, cracks or damage to the sled and replace if necessary
  • Grab the camera!

What are some of your favorite spots on Long Island to go sledding? Let us know by e-mailing them over to us here!