Through the years, Boston.com has asked readers to tell us where they like to go sledding. Here is what they’ve had to say.
Bragdon’s Hill, Amherst, NH
Bragdon’s Hill is on Route 101 in Amherst, N.H., right near the Bedford townline. It is by far no secret, and it’s a great spot with no trees, stone walls, and a wide-open, long hill. The Bragdon family used to always let people sled there, but when the farm went under several years ago the town bought the land and have now made the parking much better and safer. You can now cross safely under the highway in the former cow tunnel. President George W. Bush went down on a sled with some kids there on a campaign stop in 2000.
—Bob, Beverly, Mass.
Cable Hill, Ipswich
Cable Hill on County Road in Ipswich hosts a very exciting sled ride.
Hill at Hyde Park, Boston
In Hyde Park there is a nice hill across from the basketball court. I lived for that as a child.
—Georgiana, Hyde Park
“The Bowl’’ at Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain, Boston
For kids with adults, we recommend “The Bowl’’ next to Jamaica Pond. As the name implies, it is a bowl. You can get enough momentum going down one side of the bowl that you go up the other side and come down again. Because it is a bowl you don’t need to worry about kids crashing into trees or sliding into the road. So it is pretty safe for young kids.
—Koyama and Grace, Jamaica Plain
Larz Anderson Park, Brookline
Larz Anderson Park in Brookline. Hills are huge and there’s parking (which is important in Brookline). Smaller hills are available for those who don’t want the long rides (and long walk back up). My 17-year-old son says it’s particularly great at night.
Norfolk Golf Club, Westwood
Norfolk Golf Club in Westwood has several good slopes, but it gets very crowded and therefore dangerous.
Oakley Country Club, Belmont
It’s definitely got to be Oakley Country Club in Belmont. It has a great incline and a good run. I’ve been going there since I was 5.
Suicide Hill, Bangor, ME
For a steep, fast, long, and icy experience, try Suicide Hill in Bangor, Me. It’s not for the faint of heart (hence the name).
Wagon Hill, Durham, NH
The best place to go sledding is Wagon Hill on Route 4 West in Durham, N.H. It’s steep, but not too steep. It’s a long walk back up but the ride down makes it worth it!
—Ari and Sage Hiller, Dover, N.H.