Winter’s here and snow is coming. In Rhode Island that means 3 things:
- Buying all the bread and milk we can get our hands on
- No School Foster/Glocester
It’s time to find your snow pants and gloves, dust off your sled, inflate your tube and start thinking about where to go for the best sledding hills in Rhode Island.
Typing “sledding hills near me” into Google might not give you the the results you’re looking for, so we decided to drop a little local knowledge on the subject.
We’ll be adding to this list if we become aware of any additional spots but if you see any places we’ve missed, have any insider tips on where to go sledding in RI just send us a message/comment on Facebook or Twitter or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhode Island Country Club
Rhode Island Country Club’s slope may be called “Suicide Hill” but don’t worry, it’s a family friendly spot and great for kids of all ages.
Colt State Park
If you haven’t been to Colt State Park, it’s one of the most picturesque spots on this list. It’s right on the water, so dress for the wind and cold. The park offers plenty of parking, and is close to downtown Bristol for apres sledding hot chocolate.
This Central Falls park has several slopes near Cogswell Tower, the symbol of the City of Central Falls, including one called “Dexter’s Ledge” that has a great view of the valley.
Hugh B. Bain Middle School
The hills behind Bain Middle School are a popular sledding spot for Cranston residents.
Cranston West High School
If you’re on the West side of Cranston, Cranston West High School has a fun hill popular with families.
The former ski resort has tons of great options for sledding, including some very long, steep hills for kids who have the need for speed. Pack some snacks and hot chocolate, your family won’t want to leave.
Silver Spring Golf Course
Sliver Springs Golf course on Pawtucket Avenue is a great spot for sledding and tubing. It’s especially good for younger kids who might not be comfortable going down steep slopes.
Yawgoo Valley is the one hill on the list that charges for the experience – you have to rent their tubes, but it’s worth it. Great family fun, Yawgoo is has multiple groomed tracks. It’s very popular so it’s best to call for tickets beforehand, they frequently sell out.
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Durfee Hill Management Area
Durfee Hill State Management Area has a nice hill with a parking conveniently located at the top of the slope.
Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area
Pulaski has 10 miles of tracked trails for beginner and expert cross-country skiers as well several hilly areas where the public can enjoy sledding.
For the smaller kids and those around the neighborhood & in town, Shoreby Hill offers a long, gentle sledding slope.
If you’re a bit more adventurous, head over to Fort Wetherill and see if you can find some spots in the hilly areas around the abandoned bunkers of “The Devil’s Playground”. It won’t be groomed but could be a lot of fun.
Johnston War Memorial Park
Head over to the hills behind the softball fields at the Johnston War Memorial Park for the best sledding. This spot is popular with families and easy to get to, just off of Rt 295.
With miles of open space and trails through the woods, Chase Farm is a popular spot to walk your dog, go for a jog, or have a picnic but it’s hills provide a perfect spot for sledding and tubing once they’re covered in snow.
Lincoln Woods State Park offers a variety of hills from beginner to expert. It’s ideal for groups of varying ages as there’s something for everyone. You’ll find the hills off Highway 123, just south of Lincoln.
St. George’s School
The slopes at St George’s School on Purgatory Road are is a very popular spot among Aquidneck Island locals. The hills boast an awesome view of the area and they’re suitable for families. (Side note: St. George’s also boasts an outstanding prep basketball program.)
Middletown High School
Middletown High School has a couple of sledding hills next to their parking lot that are good for both smaller children and the older ones alike.
Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club
Golf courses always seem to have the perfect hill for sledding hiding somewhere on the course. Wanumetonomy has several spots on the course suitable for kids of all ages.
Not too many great spots around the beach town but on the north end you can find a short slope over at Christifaro Park behind the baseball field & if you search a bit there are reports about some spots in the Chaffee Preserve by Sprague Bridge.
With the steep, long slop of Bonnet Shores Rd and the cliffs that line the beach it feels like there should be a hidden spot or two in that area, hit us up if you know about any.
On the south end, you can find some spots in Fisherman’s Memorial Park.
Aquidneck Park is located next to the Newport Public Library. It’s a smaller hill, best suited for younger children but a great spot for parents to watch and walk to downtown after the sledding is done.
Fort Adams State Park
The sledding area in Fort Adams is located above the soccer fields. It’s probably the most visited sledding spot in Newport, offering plenty of parking and fantastic views. There are families and kids of all ages, but you can also expect to see a lot of teenagers barreling down the steeper slopes.
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Another quiet spot with a small hill for younger kids and families, this park is located a bit further down Thames St. than most tourists will go but is still walkable to downtown.
Captain Stephen Olney Memorial Park
The sledding hill is located across Fatima Hospital in Captain Stephen Olney Memorial Park. There are trees on the sides of the hill & it’s a smaller area but tons of fun. Street parking only.
The fields at Daggett Ave give sledders & tubers three slopes to choose from. It’s easy to find and has plenty of parking nearby.
Portsmouth Middle School
Head behind Portsmouth Middle School to find the sledding hills.
India Point Park
India Point Park’s proximity to Providence makes it one of the most popular spots in the city. It can get very busy and, since it’s on the water, expect windy and cold conditions but your kids will love the sledding here.
Moses Brown School
The hills at Moses Brown aren’t what they used to be, but there are still some good spots & it’s location makes it easy for residents on the East Side to enjoy the snow.
Neutaconkanut Hill Park offers snowshoeing and cross-country skiing as well as sledding. One word of caution – this was originally a skiing hill so the slopes is a bit steeper and faster than most others in the area.
Roger Williams Park
Roger Williams Park is very popular and draws families from around the state. There are several hills in the park, but the “Temple to Music” run is the most popular.
Well, there is snow in the forecast! Will you be in the Park enjoying the winter fun? These folks were in…1943! pic.twitter.com/n0XlRVq5E9
— Roger Williams Park (@RWPConservancy) December 14, 2020
Arcadia Management Area
Arcadia Management Area, is Rhode Island’s largest recreational
area. You’ll have tons of fun & lots of space searching for the perfect sledding hills in the sprawling property.
Wakefield Elementary School
Much like Narragansett, not a ton of choices in the SK area but for smaller kids, the gentle hill at Wakefield Elementary can be fun & you’re a short walk over the river to town.
Burr’s Hill Park
Burr’s Hill Park is located on Water Street, just south of Warren Town Beach. It offers fantastic views along with fun sledding runs.
Salter Grove Park
Salter Grove Park is a small, beautiful park located on Narragansett Parkway. It has a great downhill slope, parking, and tends to draw smaller crowds.
Wilcox Park is a beautiful place year round, but in the winter it’s transformed into a great local sledding spot. Conveniently located in the middle of town, street parking is free and there are great shops and restaurants nearby.
Big River Dunes
You’ve seen the sand dunes driving by on Rt 95. Once they’re covered in snow they become one of the most popular places for sledding in the area.