13 Perfect Sledding Spot In Vermont


If you live in Vermont or have ever visited, you cannot help but fall in love with its natural beauty! The various tree-covered hills and mountains that envelope this state create some of the best opportunities for sledding. In Vermont, once the Winter flakes start falling the sled come out.

I am almost positive that you and your family will enjoy any of these beautiful and thrilling spots. So bundle up and go have fun!

1. Mt. Philo State Park

Location

5425 Mt Philo Rd, Charlotte, VT 05445

Mt. Philo State Park is located northwest of Charlotte and south of Burlington.

Hours

8 am to sunset.

Cost

Free.

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As you enter Mt. Philo State Park you will be blown away by the beauty of the area. In the winter, its snow-covered forests make for wonderful photo ops. However, the sledding may be even better than the scenery.

Mt. Philo is a great spot for those who aren’t afraid to walk a little bit. In order to get to the top of the sledding hill, one must hike just a little over a mile. The hard work of hiking will definitely pay off.

At the top of the sledding hill, you get to take in a magnificent view. You will be able to see Lake Champlain and its surrounding area.

This spot is renowned for its long runs and exhilarating ride. Once at the top you will be able to enjoy a long, fast, and stimulating trip down the hill.

That being said, because of the length and speed of the hills in this area, it is not the most conducive place young or inexperienced sledders.

Things to Knows

Mt. Philo has no restrooms and no drinking water available. Be sure to bring your own food and water when you go sledding here.

2. Lincoln Gap

Location

Lincoln Gap Sledding is located just east of the town of Lincoln, off of Lincoln Gap Rd. It is in the same area as Sugarbush Resort in Green Mountain National Forest.

Lincoln Gap Rd. connects the towns of Lincoln and Warren together but is closed during the winter months. You can find the sledding area by taking off from either of these towns and driving until you see the “road closed” sign. This is where you will park.

In order to reach the hill, you will have to hike or snowshoe for 30 minutes on the closed road.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

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The Lincoln Gap sledding spot does take require a good amount of walking in order to reach the top or prime sledding take-off point. This hard-work will not be in vain. The ride back down is second-to-none.

This sledding spot offers a very long ride. When you take off from the top you will enjoy a two-mile-long downhill ride that will require you to steer and maneuver the run. Everyone who has gone says that it is one of the greatest rides of all time.

In addition to being a stellar place to sled, it is also not very crowded and is perfect if you want a peaceful and serene winter adventure.

One great idea is to bring some firewood, food, and drinks. When you get to the bottom you can make a little campfire and roast some s’mores. This will make for an unforgettable experience.

Things to Know

Lincoln Gap is not an ideal place for little kids. The long walk up and long rides down may be too much to the little ones.

Also, remember to bring your own sled, dress warm, and clean up after yourself.

3. Sharp Park

Location

204 Cobble Hill Road Milton, VT

The Park is located just north of Burlington off of I-89.

Hours

N/A

Cost

There is a $10 entrance fee per vehicle and the two-hour tube rentals are $12. It is important to note that gate fees will be waved if you rent two or more tubes.

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Sharp Park is the only tubing area in northern Vermont. It is definitely worth bringing the whole family with you on this snow adventure. The park is sure to be fun for both adults and kids.

There are a variety of smooth/groomed hills to choose from. The upper portion of the park contains hills that are very steep and meant for more experienced thrill seekers. The hill is 300 vertical feet to the landing zone and provides a fast ride.

The lower portion of the park is definitely more suitable for children. The hills are a lot smaller and safer.

In addition to the regular tubing hills, the park offers a packed and groomed chute carved into the hill. This particular run will give you a bobsled or luge-like experience. This is something that you won’t want to miss out on.

After a couple of hours of sledding, you can thaw out in the newly renovated warming area. This area includes restrooms and has an area where hot drinks and other products can be purchased.

Things to Know

Sharp Park does require all kids to wear helmets. The helmets are provided for free.

It is also important to mention that this park does not have any tow lifts, sledders must hike back up the hill in order to go down again.

4. Old Round Church

Location

25 Round Church Road Richmond, VT

Old Round Church sledding area is located east of Burlington down Hwy 2 near the Winooski River.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

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This sledding spot is the perfect place to bring your kids to. It features a shorter hill that still provides good speed but is also very safe.

Old Round Church is located on a historical site which has an old church building that was built in 1813. It is well-known for its beautiful scenery and is even used for a wedding venue in the summer.

When you are done sledding be sure to check out “On the Rise Bakery” right across the road from the hill. This quaint little bakery serves delicious pastries and hot cocoa.

Things to Know

Feel free to bring the dogs along on this sledding adventure. Old Round Church is a dog-friendly sledding spot.

Parking is free but can be limited.

5. Hubbard Park

Location

400 Parkway St, Montpelier, VT

Hubbard Park is located just north of Montpelier.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

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This 185-acre park offers 7 miles of hiking, skiing, and snowshoe trails. It also is a perfect sledding area when the snow falls.

Hubbard Park offers a variety of hills, making a great place for all age groups to sled. The gentler and smaller hills are located on the right-hand side of the park, just above the main sledding hill. The main sledding hill is moderately steep but still provides an enthralling ride.

The park is very beautiful and offers some good views. Be sure to bring your camera so you can get some good shots of your family’s sledding experience.

Hubbard Park also includes 7 fireplaces that are open for public use. If you bring your own wood you can enjoy warm up by the fire and maybe even make some s’mores or hot dogs.

There are also various trails within the park that are wonderful for cross country skiing and hiking. This park is definitely worth visiting in the summer months as well.

Things to Know

Hubbard park can get a little crowded. It is a favorite amongst those who live in and around Montpelier.

The park does also provide picnic tables, grills, and toilets. It does not provide trash disposal and follows a “carry in – carry out” policy on trash. Be sure to bring your own trash bags and clean up after yourself.

One more thing worth mentioning is that the Montpelier Parks Department has asked sledders to make jumps on the sides and the top half of the hill, in order to accommodate smaller sledders.

6. Casey’s Hill

Location

68 Pleasant Valley Road Underhill, VT

West of Burlington off of Pleasant Valley Rd by the Underhill Central School.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

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Casey’s Hill was voted as the “best sliding hill in VT” a couple of years ago by “Vermont Life” and is a beloved local favorite amongst sledders.

This town-owned hill offers a very steep run that if void of obstacle or major hazard. This is one of the reasons why it is such a good hill. The steep climb to the top of Casey’s Hill make seem long and tiring, but it is well worth it.

Casey’s hill is a good hill for older kids (age 9 and up) and adults. It is fairly steep but is also safe because of its openness and lack of dangerous obstacles.

The hill includes free parking in a little parking spot right at the bottom of the hill.

When you and your family are done with your sledding experience I suggest that you stop by the Underhill Country Store for some good sandwiches.

Things to Know

Many say that tubes provide a faster and more exciting ride on this specific hill. It may be worth looking into purchasing an inner tube if you don’t already have one.

7. Smugglers’ Notch Family Resort

Location

4323 Route 108 South Cambridge, VT

Smugglers’ Notch is located in northern Vermont off of Hwy 108 just southeast of Cambridge.

The tubing facilities are located in the North Hill community adjacent to the North Hill Aquatics facility.

Hours

Thursday 10 am to 2 pm & Friday- Wednesday from 10 am to 3 pm. Night Tubing at Sir Henry’s Hill is open daily from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Cost

For inquires about price you can call 802-370-3186.

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Smugglers’ Notch Family Resort offers a variety of outdoor winter activities including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing. They also have a tubing hill that is perfect for the whole family to have fun.

The tubing runs are surprisingly not very crowded so you will have more room to bomb down the hills. Daytime tubing takes place on the North Hill and night time tubing is done at Sir Henry’s Hill.

Another great thing about Smugglers Notch is that they provide tubes for you. That’ll save loads of room in your car and make traveling there a lot less stressful.

Smugglers’ Notch Family Resort is not just a winter resort. In the summer, it offers many activities such as swimming (enjoyment of 8 pools and 4 water slides), zip-lining, hiking, luxury dining, and luxury lodging.

Things to Know

Parking is available in designated areas. If you want to get to the tubing hills, you cannot park right by them. You must park elsewhere and take a free shuttle up to the facility.

8. Burlington Country Club

Location

568 South Prospect Street Burlington, VT

This sledding spot is located in northwestern Vermont in the town of Burlington.

The sledding hills are located west of the club parking lot. You will see the main hill between the 1st and 10th holes. It is best to park in the far corner of the parking lot in order to have a shorter walk to the hill.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

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Burlington Country Club is a favorite amongst Burlington locals and has gotten great reviews online.

“Best place to take the kids or your friends and go sledding or take your board out! Very long fun hill!”

Pamela

There are essentially three main sledding hills to choose from. Each one of the hills differs in height and extremity of the slope. You and your kids will not have any trouble finding a proper hill that suits your needs. Most of the runs offer a wide open long run to the bottom.

The variety of hills and prime location make this sledding spot pretty popular.

It can get crowded sometimes. These hills are not only a favorite among families but are also well-known and frequently used by students of the University of Vermont and Champlain College.

To top it all off, the parking is convenient, free, and plentiful.

Things to Know

The Burlington Country Club does not endorse sledding on its property, but they do tolerate it. Be sure to be respectful so that this spot can remain open to the general public for years to come.

9. Laplatte Nature Park

Location

247-277 Laplatte Cir, Shelburne, VT

Located south of Burlington of of Shelburne Rd near Shelburne Falls.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

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Laplatte Nature Park is located in an extremely gorgeous area. There is beautiful foliage that is complemented by a smooth running stream. The park itself offers 145 acres of town-owned space.

It also gives you many sledding spots to choose from. When visiting this park it is important to choose a hill that is equal to your skill level.

There is a large hill to the north that is long, wide, and has a gentle run-out that will slowly stop you right by the creek.

In addition to that, there is also a large bowl-shaped hill that is located in the southern section of the park.

This slope is located just behind the post office and is steeper, bumpier, and leads into the woods. The bowl-shaped hill is a little more dangerous and therefore much caution should be used if the little ones are gonna try it out.

Things to know

Laplatte Nature Park is pet-friendly, so feel free to let mans’ best friend tag along.

This park also follows the “pack it in, pack it out” trash policy. Be sure to clean up after yourself.

10. Rocky Ridge Golf Club

Location

7470 Route 116, St. George, VT

Rocky Ridge Golf Club is not far from downtown Hinesburg. You will be able to see the east facing hill from the parking lot.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

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Rocky Ridge Golf Club is not only a great golf club in the summer months but a perfect sledding spot in the winter.

Its east-facing slope starts steep and narrow but opens up into a very wide and long downhill run. It provides plenty of space for friends and families to enjoy themselves.

The hill is great for all ages of sledders. Rocky Ridge is also a good place for snow play activities as well. You can enjoy building a snowman or having a fun-filled snowball fight.

Thing to Know

Rocky Ridge Golf Club does not officially endorse sledding on its property. That being said, the golf club allows sledding and will not seek to stop people from doing it.

11. Catamount Outdoor Family Center

Location

592 Governor Chittenden Road Williston, VT

Catamount is located 20-minutes east of Burlington and is right off of I-89.

Hours

Every day from 9 am to 5 pm (night sledding is Tuesday-Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm).

Cost

Kids 6 & under get in for free. Admission for individuals 7 & up is $3. Sled rentals are $3.

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Catamount has been a McCullough family owned property since 1873. There is even a house built by Vermont’s first governor (Thomas Chittenden) located on the property.

This outdoor center offers groomed sledding hills in a very scenic area. The sledding is top notch and the hills will leave you thrilled.

Catamount offers many other winter activities as well.

You can rent skis, ski boots, poles, or snowshoes. The property is 500 acres and has 20 miles worth of trails that are perfect for cross-country skiing. In addition to that, they also offer ski lessons.

Pricing for these other activities can be found on their website.

When you are done enjoying a snow-filled day of tubing you can unwind at the rustic lodge and sip on some hot chocolate, tea, or coffee.

Things to Know

Catamount’s sledding hills do not have lifts or tow ropes. Be prepared to get some good exercise in when walking up the hills.

12. Marshall Hill

Location

282 Park Street Stowe, VT

Marshall hill is north of Montpelier off of Hwy 100. It is sandwiched between CC Putnam State Forest and Mt. Mansfield State Forest.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

More Info

This perfect sledding spot is located in an area that turns into a winter wonderland during the colder months. It used to be a ski slope in the 1970s and even had 450 ft. T-Bar.

However, in August of 2013, the city of Stowe purchased the land and made it a sledding hill (a quite good one, I might add).

Marshal Hill is long and steep. It is a very open slope and provides plenty of room to fly down on a sled or tube. It flattens out at the bottom into an open meadow; allowing you to have a slow and steady stop.

Parking for Marshal Hill is available in the Stowe Elementary School lot.

Things to Know

You can bring your own sled or rent one at “Shaw’s General Store” located on Main Street in Stowe.

13. Calahan Park

Location

2 Locust St Burlington, VT

Calahan Park is conveniently located in Burlington on the corner of Pine St. and Locust St.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

More Info

Calahan Park is a must visit for those who live in or around Burlington. It is a 19-acre park that offers small to medium sized slopes for the kids and steeper and higher intensity hills for thrill seekers.

At the bottom of the hill you will have a safe run-out in an empty ball field.

Once you are done sledding, you can strap on some ice skates and try your hand at figure skating in the ice rink located in the park.

Things to Know

Parking is free and plentiful. Bring your own sled and have fun!

Additional Sledding Spots Worth Mentioning

  • Granville Gulf
  • Ralph Myhre Golf Course
  • Memorial Park
  • Hard’Ack Recreation Center
  • Landry Park

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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