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GUIDE TO LONG ISLAND’S COOLEST SLEDDING SPOTS
Looking for a new hill to try? Look
no further. Here’s our guide to local
The gentle slope of this centrally located
hill, hailed as the perfect spot for fi rsttime
sledders, will get plenty of giggles
from the little ones as they learn how
to slip and slide down the snow-covered
wonderland. 10 Broadway Ave.,
HERMAN GRIEM PARK
Bundle up before trekking outside for
the icy adventure that awaits you on
the rolling hills frequented by scarfand
mitten-clad locals. 54 Brown Blvd.,
HOYT FARM NATURE
Grab your sled and get ready: The
slopes in Smithtown are prime for some
high-mph action with top speeds of
“Whoa!” and “Let’s do that again!” being
recorded. 200 New Hwy., Commack.
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
The kids might all have a snow day but
the sizable hills at this school will have
the students and teachers coming right
back! 15125 Main Rd., Mattituck.
Though this is not offi cially the highest
point on Long Island, it is a close
second, and very high indeed. Aft er
every major snowstorm, families from
all across the Island fl ock to its slopes
for their share of winter magic and
adrenaline. Patchogue-Mount Sinai
BELMONT LAKE STATE
This sprawling, historic park that overlooks
Belmont Lake has some fantastic
hills, but be sure to take caution and
stick to the open fi elds: An ice bath
wouldn’t be a fun way to end your
sledding adventure! Southern State
Parkway, North Babylon.
BETHPAGE STATE PARK
Featuring hilly, winding terrain and
wide-open fi elds, this park has adventures
in store for sledding masters
and novices alike. True thrill seekers
can check out Bethpage Black, though
be warned these slopes shouldn’t
be attempted unless they are under
strict supervision and in permitted
areas. 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd.,
Cedar Creek Park
A go-to barbecue and picnic spot in the
summer, this gem off Merrick Road is
an equally great go-to spot for sledding
during these cold, wintry months. 3340
Merrick Rd., Seaford.
HECKSCHER STATE PARK
Not only does this park have many
diff erent sledding and snowman-making
spots to enjoy, but every once in a
while, if you are truly lucky, you may
see the furry inhabitants of its woods.
Deer, among other winter critters, are
a common sight at this classic sledding
spot. 1 Heckscher State Pkwy., East
Ask your fellow sledders to point
you in the direction of Old Sled Hill,
renowned as Eisenhower Park’s great
peak. Warning: Stay away from the
hills by the lake! 1899 Hempstead
Tpke., East Meadow.
Year aft er year, the immense baseball
pit and steep hills of this beloved park
beckon daring kids and adults alike!
The parking situation can be scarier
than the hills at this local spot, so be
prepared to battle it out for street
parking. Washington Ave., Seaford.
Although the Malverne High School’s
fi eld may be known as “The Pits,” locals
swear you’ll have a blast on the fi eld’s
steep hill. Corner of Lakeview and
Ocean Ave., Malverne.
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