With the first accumulation of snow the sledding season is officially underway! Here is a listing of some of the sled hills around Lake County, as well as some of our Parent Picks for places to sled. Be sure to call the Park District or operating facility to make sure they are open to the public.
Hart’s Hill/Round Lake This hill is large, well groomed and lighted. There are steps and a railing leading up to it but it is still a tough (read: exhausting) climb… hang in there, the payoff is well worth the effort. There is also another smaller hill and an ice skating rink at the bottom of the hill. Located off Hart Road and 137 across from the library and community center. The Round Lake Park District post updates on conditions on their Facebook page.
Caboose Park/Lake Villa In addition to a nice, lighted sledding hill, this park boasts one of the few toboggan chutes in the area. Located at the corner of Fairfield and Grand Ave. The park is lit from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. weather and conditions permitting. Mainted by the Lake Villa Township, call (847) 356-2116 for status.
Adler Park/LibertyvilleYou’ll find a large sledding hill with nearby ice skating rink and a warming house. They also have concessions and a restroom. Located off Milwaukee Ave.Recreational ice skating rink, lighted sled hills, a warming shelter, concession stand and restrooms. The Lodge is open when there is at least 3 inches of snow. Lodge hours starting in December (weather permitting) Friday 4:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday (as well as district 70 & 128 school holidays) 11:00 a.m.- 8: 00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m. Condition hotline (847) 247-5433 option 3
Old School Forest Preserve/Libertyville This small but scenic hill is open until sunset and has an adjacent skating rink. Located on St. Mary’s Road a half mile south of 176. Before heading out call the 24-hour winter sports hotline at 847-968-3235. A recorded message conveys current trail and ice conditions for sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and ice skating.
Keith Mione Community Park/Mundelein You’ll find a large sledding hill with a warming house. There is also a smaller hill and skating rink. Located between Route 176 and Winchester Road on Midlothian Road. Contact the Mundelein Park District at 847-566-0650 for conditions.
Lakewood Forest Preserve/Wauconda This large, lighted sledding hill has another steep climb which is made easier by a handy railing. There is also skating and cross country skiing nearby and a restroom at the top of the hill. Located at Fairfield and route 176. Before heading out call the 24-hour winter sports hotline at 847-968-3235. A recorded message conveys current trail and ice conditions for sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and ice skating.
Blair Park/ Lake Bluff located at 355 W. Washington the sled hill has lights and is open until 9 pm.
Paulus Park / Lake Zurich sledding is available until dusk. The hill is located at 200 S. Rand Rd.
Willow Stream Park / Buffalo Grove located at 600 Farmington Rd this is an unsupervised sled hill that is lighted at the top until 10:30 pm.
We asked our Facebook Fans for their favorite places to sled and these were their responses:
– Behind Grayslake Middle School, by Central Park is perfect for really little ones.
– In front of the Round Lake Park District is our go to place when there is snow.
– Hart Hill (see above)
– Caboose Park (see above)
If you’re up for more adventure and a lot more snow you can head up to Wilmot Mountain in the Wisconsin, they have a new tubing hill that is supposed to be excellent. You an read about skiing there as well as get some information on tubing in our Area Skiing for Families post.
As always, be sure to read any posted warnings and instructions at the hill for your safety and be wary of tough sledding conditions and obstructions.
Where is your favorite sledding location?