The One Epic Sledding Hill In New Jersey That Will Make Your Winter Unforgettable
Sledding hills are becoming a thing of the past in New Jersey. It’s not that you won’t find people sledding, it’s that it’s now banned in so many places. About 7 years ago, injuries were leading to lawsuits in large numbers and perennial favorites like Camp Dawson have been closed to the public. While many are willing to take a risk and sled almost anywhere, we recommend enjoying the activity where it is permitted. A free, favorite spot is Cheesequake State Park.
Sledding is permitted on the hill adjacent to the Hooks Creek Lake parking area. Cross-country skiing is permitted on the roadways and field areas. Snow shoeing is permitted throughout the park. The sledding hill is just steep enough for a thrill but not as terrifying as others in the state. Best of all, you don’t need to worry about running into a road at the bottom! For a sneak peek into what you can expect, check out the video below by NJ Outdoors.
Cheesequake State Park (300 Gordon Road, Matawan) is a perfect pick for any New Jerseyan as it’s centrally located, just under 90 minutes from both Wantage (Sussex County) and Haddonfield (Camden County). Other fun features of this park include a playground, seasonal snack bar, and an island (Blue Bell Island). Nearby places to visit include Old Bridge Waterfront Park, Fernandes Steakhouse 3 and Ocean Bay Diner.
Other popular sledding hills (check with the township to make sure sledding is still legal) include Atkins Glen Park in Park Ridge, Millcreek Park in Willingboro, Double Hill in Hudson County Park, Lewis Morris County Park in Morris Township, Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne, the EHT Nature Reserve in Galloway, and Laurel Acres Park in Mount Laurel. What’s your favorite sledding hill in New Jersey? If you prefer tubing, and the convenience of lifts back up the hill, check out this incredible tubing park in the Garden State.