11 Perfect Sledding Spots Near Baltimore


Once the flakes start flying Baltimore becomes a sledders paradise. There are tons of wonderful sledding hills to choose from, many of which are just minutes away from the downtown area. With all these sledding options, you have no excuse to not get out there and try one of these amazing hills today!

1. Herring Run Park

Location

Harford Road and Argonne Drive Baltimore, MD 21218

Herring Run Park is located 4 miles northeast from the downtown Baltimore area and can be found right next to Lake Montebello. The park sits between Harford and Argonne roads.

Hours

Open 24/7

Cost

Free.

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Herring Run Park has a variety of hills that have become one of the top places for sledding in the Baltimore area. This elongated park’s geography is what makes it such a great place for sledding. Years of erosion have shaped this landscape and made it hilly.

To top it off, there are hills of all different sizes which is what makes it such a great place for the whole family to sled. There is a hill for everyone!

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Sledding isn’t the only thing that Herring Run Park has to offer. This park is a great place to go if you want to get a breath of fresh air. The park is situated on a natural watershed and is therefore very scenic (even in the wintertime). You can also enjoy fishing, birding, basketball, and there are bathrooms and picnic areas for public use.

2. Patterson Park

Location

2601 E Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21224

This park is very close to downtown Baltimore. It is located in the Butcher’s Hill and Canton sections of the city, which are 10 minutes east of the metro area.

Hours

Open daily from 7 am to 9 pm.

Cost

Free.

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Patterson Park is one of the most popular places for Baltimore locals to spend their snow days. There are stellar sledding hills located throughout the whole park, but nothing beats the sledding hill located near the Pagoda (on the east side of the park). This hill is quite large and offers a thrilling ride to the bottom.

If the big hill isn’t your cup of tea (or if you have little ones), I’d suggest sliding down one the many smaller hills located in the 155-acre park.

Additional Things to Know

Due to its convenient location and amazing sledding hills, this park can get awfully crowded on a decent snow day. If you want a more private sledding experience, I suggest arriving earlier in the morning or later in the evening.

This park has many other amenities worth checking out as well. After you are done sledding, you can stop by the ice rink or bring your kids to one of the many playgrounds. In addition to that, feel free to bring your four-legged friends sledding as well! There is even a dog park where they can run around.

3. Baltimore County Board of Education Building

Location

6901 N Charles St, Towson, MD 21204

This sledding spot is located in the suburb/town of Towson which is 15 minutes north of Baltimore. The County building is right up the road from the BGMC HealthCare Hospital.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

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Ironically, this is a great place for parents and kids to go if a snowstorm shuts the schools down. There is a large hill right by the County Board of Education building that is sure to entertain you and your kids for hours on end. Whether you are in the Towson area or outside of it, this is a must-visit sledding spot!

Additional Things to Know

This sledding spot, often referred to as “the Hill”, drops down into a ditch at the bottom of the slope. Be sure that you and your children are safe when traveling to the bottom, this ditch has been know to provide some amazing wipeouts!

In addition to that, keep in mind that there are no amenities such as bathrooms or picnic areas on this property.

4. Wyman Park

Location

Wyman Park Dr, Baltimore, MD 21217

Wyman Park is located right next to the famous John’s Hopkins University campus. It is a 10-minute drive north of downtown Baltimore.

Hours

Open 24/7.

Cost

Free.

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This 16-acre park is home to some of the best sledding hills in the city. These hills are so good that they have kept people coming back for more than 100 years! Once the snow sticks to the ground this place becomes a mecca for sledders.

On a good snow day, it is not uncommon to see many sledders zipping down the adrenaline-infused hills.

Additional Things to Know

After you have had your fill of sledding, you can warm your frozen hands and feet up at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This museum is amazing and features many modern and classic works of art.

To top it all off, it is so close to the Wyman Park that you could almost walk to it.

5. Leakin Park

Location

4921 Windsor Mill Rd, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207

Leakin Park is 20 minutes west of Baltimore in the Gwynn Oak area. The park can be in the crossroads of Hilton Pkwy and N Franklintown Rd.

Hours

Open 24/7.

Cost

Free.

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This spacious 1,216-acre park is located along the Piedmont Plateau and is known for its long and steep hills that have been cut out by streams that empty into the Chesapeake Bay. This is what makes this place such a naturally ideal place to go sledding.

The best hills in the park are located behind the Crimea Mansion. They provide a long and enjoyable ride and are worth the hike back up the hill.

Additional Things to Know

Leakin Park is in more of remote area and is a little less crowded. This is a great place to go if you want an amazing sledding experience minus the packed hills.

6. Oregon Ridge State Park

Location

13401 Beaver Dam Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030

Oregon Ridge State Park is located in Cockeysville which is a little less than a 30-minute drive north of the city.

Hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Cost

For more information on potential frees visit the Oregon Ridge State Park website.

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During the winter, this state park turns into a winter wonderland. ITs trees become dusted with fresh snow and its sledding hills come to life! These sledding hills are no joke! They used to be part of a ski resort but now exist solely as multiple sledding slopes. You can count on this area being a superb place to go for some winter fun.

Additional Things to Know

Oregon Ridge is also a great place to go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. There are tons of trails throughout the whole park that are absolutely worth checking out. In addition to that, there is a lodge by the sledding hills that used to be a ski lodge that is available for rent.

7. Dumbarton Middle School

Location

300 Dumbarton Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212

Dunbarton Middle School is located in the Armagh and Yorktown section of Baltimore, which is 10 miles north of downtown. The Middle School is just down the road from St. Joseph Medical Center.

Hours

N/A.

Cost

Free.

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If you are looking for a sledding spot that is conducive for the little ones, this is the place to go.

Its smaller hills can be found surrounding the fields between Dumbarton Middle School and Rodgers Forge Elementary. These mild slopes are a favorite among the kiddos in this part of town.

Additional Things to Know

When you are done sledding you and not too cold, you can treat yourself to ice cream at the Uncle Wiggly’s Ice Cream shop that is minutes away from the sledding hills.

8. Federal Hill Park

Location

300 Warren Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

Federal Hill Park is located in the heart of Baltimore and is in the Federal Hill-Montgomery section of town. The park overlooks the Inner Harbor and is boxed in by Warren Ave, Covington St., Key Hwy, and Baltery Ave.

Hours

Open 24/7.

Cost

Free.

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Federal Hill is Baltimore sledding at its finest! If you are looking for a hill with a view, look no further. This sledding spot overlooks the beautiful Baltimore skyline and Inner Harbor. Aside from its convenient location and staggering views, the hill is quite steep and offers an amazing ride!

Additional Things to Know

Because of its prime location in the middle of the city, this park tends to get very crowded. If you can handle the crowds, this place is an unforgettable sledding spot.

9. Anne Arundel Community College

Location

101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012

This sledding spot is located a little way out of the city in the town of Arnold. it is about a 35-40 minute drive south of Baltimore.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

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This community college has some amazing sledding hills. The best place to go sledding is by parking lots B and C. You will find some decent sized hills that are sure to entertain you for quite some time. This sledding spot is perfect for both adults and children.

Additional Things to Know

Once you are done sledding, you can make your way to Sandy Point State Park that offers some breathtaking views of the Sandy Point Shoal Light and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Be sure to bring your camera!

10. Towson University’s Smith Hall

Location

7915 Glen Dr Towson, MD 21204

This sledding hill is 25-minutes north of downtown Baltimore in the city of Towson. The actually sledding spot can be found by the Smith Hall building on campus, which is off of Glen Dr.

Hours

N/A.

Cost

Free.

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You don’t have to be a college student to enjoy this awesome sledding spot. This hill attracts students and families alike and offers an enjoyable slide to the bottom. It is not uncommon to see people attempting to ski or snowboard down this hill as well.

Additional Things to Know

If you are having a hard time find the sledding hill, you can ask around. The locals know this spot very well. The spot should be right next to Smith Hall, which is the English Building.

11. Centennial High School

Location

4300 Centennial Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Centennial High School is located in the city of Ellicot which is 30-minutes east of Baltimore. The school is just up the road from Centennial Park and Fairway Hills Golf Course.

Hours

N/A.

Cost

Free.

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If you are looking for a great sledding spot that is steep but not too steep, this is the spot! The hill right by the high school starts steep but then gradually flattens out. It is a perfect place to bring your family to and can even make for a good place to learn/teach skiing and snowboarding.

Additional Things to Know

If you have not had your fill with sledding at the high school, you can swing by Fairway Hills Golf Course and try your hand at sledding there.

Geoff Southworth

I am a California native and I enjoy all the outdoors has to offer. My latest adventures have been taking the family camping, hiking and surfing.

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