The first snow of the year, and it’s on a weekend to boot! If your kids are clamoring to enjoy the first snow of the season, here is a listing of some of sled hills in and around Lake County, as well as some of our Parent Picks for places to sled.
Sledding in Lake County
Be sure to call the Park District or operating facility to make sure they are open to the public. Many operate on a Red Flag (NO SLEDDING) Green Flag (Go Sledding!) system so be sure to check, safety first!
Hart’s Hill/Round Lake
This hill is large, well-groomed and lighted, open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.. 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. Hart’s Hill is unsupervised and parents must stay with their children. 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. Maintained by the Lake Villa Township, call (847) 356-2116 for status.
You’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. The Lodge is open when there is at least 3 inches of snow. Lodge hours will not start until December, check the Libertyville Recreation Winter brochure. 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 or call the winter hotline at 847-388-5464 for conditions and information.
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.
Century Park Pavilion/Vernon Hills
Located at 1401 Indianwood Drive the park has both outdoor skating and a sled hill. Pavilion is only open when the sled hill and/or ice rink is open and is only staffed on the weekend. Both the sled hill and ice rink are lit until 9:00 p.m. Check posted signs or call weather hotline at 847-996-6616.
Blair Park/ Lake Bluff
Located at 355 W. Washington is open for use as soon as it snows! The hill is well-lit and is open until 9 p.m. The hill is unsupervised.
Paulus Park / Lake Zurich
Sledding is available at Paulus Park, located at 200 S. Rand Rd. The hill is unsupervised and not lighted. Sledding is available daily until dusk when there is adequate snow cover.
Willow Stream Park / Buffalo Grove
The Willow Stream Park winter sports area will be open until March 1, depending on snow and freeze conditions. Located at 600 Farmington Rd the hill is located at the north end of the park. This is an unsupervised sled hill that is lighted at the top until 10:30 pm. See the Buffalo Grove Park District website for current hours.
Danny Cunniff Park/Highland Park
The hill is located toward the back of the park, just south of Centennial Ice Arena. This is an unsupervised activity that is free and open to the public.
Christine Thompson Park/Gurnee
Located on the corner of Woodlawn and Belle Plaine Avenue, this park offers an unsupervised sledding hill.
We asked our Facebook Fans for their favorite places to sled and these were their responses:
- Downtown Antioch, by the bandshell
- Wadsworth by the township building
- Behind Grayslake Middle School, by Central Park is perfect for really little ones.
- In front of the Round Lake Park District
- Bowen Park, Waukegan
- Warren Township, Gurnee
- Hart Hill (see above)
- Caboose Park (see above)
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?