Q&A: Where’s a Good Sledding Hill in Western MA?

Question and Answer

Wanted: Sledding hill for the preK kids that isn’t too steep nor too many big kids. Check out or reader recommendations below, and share your own recommendation here.

  • Kara Kitchen recommends: Look Park (Florence, MA)
  • Jara Malikin recommends: We love JFK (Northampton, MA) and in fact, just came from there. There is enough room for everyone to spread out and it’s clear at the bottom of the hill (i.e,. no trees to dodge).
  • Erika recommends: The hill behind Mary Dryden Memorial Elementary school (Springfield) is great. fun enough for little or big kids. Very few people there when we have gone, even on the weekends. Also, across the street, there is a great hill behind Cathedral High School.
  • Cultural Pittsfield recommends: Clapp Park in Pittsfield is terrific!
  • Robin Sidel recommends: GCC (Greenfield Community College).
  • Sienna Wildfield recommends: The Worthington Golf Course and the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA.
  • Jeanne Barron recommends: Clarke Schools for the Deaf (Northampton, MA)- a  little steep but a really long run at the end so lots of room to go… (not crowded but don’t tell too many people!)
  • Faith Ann recommends: Beacon Field, Greenfield
  • Michael Chabler recommends: For my son, I just took one of those small, round sleds and tied a rope through its handle. Then I pulled him on a flat, snow-covered surface. He had a blast.
  • Kristen Handschuh recommends: Behind the middle school in Amherst. Located on Chestnut St.
  • Bob Clancy recommends: The hill behind the Rowe Elementary School is a blast! Young and old will enjoy it. Park in the parking lot after school or on weekends.
  • Christa Figueroa recommends: HCC (Holyoke Community College) is great for all ages. Depending on where you decide to start from you can have a very small slide down or a very steep slide. Our family really likes it.
  • Susan Wessels recommends: Chester Elementary has a great hill for anyone up in the hilltowns.
  • Amanda Saklad recommends: We just got home from the great hill behind Stop and Shop in Belchertown – GREAT hill. lots of families. Yesterday was the hill at Crocker Farm in Amherst (Rte 116) – easy parking at the school.
  • April Albrecht recommends: There’s a great hill behind Stop n Shop off of Route 9 in Belchertown! Just turn onto George Hannum Rd and go straight. Vere right after you go under the little bridge and you’ll see the hill on your right!
  • Jim McSweeney recommends: Try the hill behind the school near the brewery in Williamsburg.
  • Mandy Gerry recommends: Hospital Hill in Northampton! Beautiful view from the top, too!
  • Kristen recommends: Behind the middle school in Amherst on Chestnut St. Plus, there is within walking distance two more hills in fields of middle school and wild wood elementary school.

Have a favorite sledding hill in Western MA you’d like to share.  Post it in the comment field for other families to discover too.


  1. Andrea said,

    February 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    The sledding hill at Mary Lynch Elementary School on North Branch Parkway is great. The hill is steep and is a good distance from the road/parking lots.

  2. February 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Osceola Park in Pittsfield has a rope tow for sledders!

  3. Cynthia and Mark Medaugh said,

    February 17, 2014 at 7:45 am

    We like behind Smith College, take Route 66 going to Westhampton, the hill is near the old State Hospital, on your right side heading West. It is also across from the Smith College equestrian barn…. this is a big hill and usually has lots of college kid – for the more adventurous kid.

  4. Marin said,

    February 5, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    It is all about Hospital Hill near Smith College in Northampton!

  5. Diana said,

    January 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Southwick High School. The hill there is long! And no traffic to contend with!

  6. Kathleen said,

    January 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I like East Mountain Country Club – have not been this year yet but in previous years it was great.

  7. February 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Good to know! Thank you, Maggie!

  8. Maggie said,

    February 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Regarding Sledding at The Clarke School for the Deaf. It is private property, and just recently, our family and friends were asked to leave. I don’t recommend going there at all. JFK is great and open to all.

  9. Captain Crafty said,

    March 1, 2012 at 8:49 am

    If you really want a WILD ride go to Hospital Hill in Northampton – epic and steep!!

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