LONG ISLAND, NY – What’s more fun than the thrill of sledding down a snow-covered hill on a wintry Long Island day? We’ve compiled a list of the top four parks on Long Island where sledding is permitted.
When the hills of Bethpage State Park at 99 Quaker Meeting House Road in Farmingdale are covered in white, visitors flock here to take a turn down the hills. Bethpage State Park is best known for its five world-class golf courses, including the world-renowned Black Course, which was the site of the U.S. Open Championship in 2002 and 2009.
But visitors come to the park in the winter for sledding and cross-county skiing trails. Sledding isn’t permitted on the famous Black course, but sledders are welcome on the Green and Red courses. Steerable sleds only. Inflatables not permitted. Please call the park office before your arrival (516-249-0701).
Hempstead Lake State Park on Lakeside Dr. in West Hempstead offers fun for families, especially for the smaller ones. Field three is where most visitors head to.
Sledding at Hempstead Lake State Park is especially scenic, since McDonald pond is nearby. The slope is considered moderate, and there is a barrier fence at the pond, which makes it ideal for young children.
The only county-owned park open to sledders in Nassau County is Cedar Creek Park on Merrick Rd. in Seaford. The county used to allow sledding at Eisenhower Park, but the sledding area is now home to a beautiful ice skating rink.
Cedar Creek Park permits sledding in most areas but most visitors go to the south-end parking fields. Here you’ll find good quality hills, including a ‘bowl-shaped’ hill for added thrills.
While all of Long Island parks are scenic, Wildwood State Park on Hulse Landing Rd. in Wading River is particularly beautiful, featuring 600 acres that terminate on the bluffs of the Long Island Sound. The park is heavily wooded and is known as an ideal camping spot in the warmer months. Visitors also come to go cross-country skiing in the winter. There are several hills of varying heights so families can choose their own.
Always exercise caution when sledding.