These 5 Sledding Hills in New Hampshire Provide Hours of Outdoor Fun
With winter time comes winter activities. Some people ski, some people snowboard, and others stay inside with hot chocolate. For those looking for an adventure that's quick, free, and fun, sledding is always a great time with the family.
We compiled the best sledding hills in New Hampshire for you to take your pick. From high and steep to slow and long, feel inspired to spend time outside at these hills in New Hampshire's nature with the people you love.
1. Bragdon Farm
Off of Route 101 in Amherst, Bragdon Farm hill has been a hot spot for sledding for years. Sledding at Bragdon Farm is a New Hampshire tradition. According to Boston.com, when the Bragdon family owned the property, they allowed people in the area to make memories on their hill. Yet, when the farm failed years ago, the city bought the property, opened it to the public, and made the hill safer for users. The hill was also a small ski area for a small period of time, up until the early 1970s.
There is plenty of parking across the street and even a former cow tunnel that goes under the street to help you cross safely to the hill with your family. Next door is even LaBelle Winery for the parents to visit. There is also plenty of room for numerous sledders to participate in the fun. In 2000, even President George W. Bush took a turn down the hill during his campaign.
2. Derryfield Country Club
The Derryfield Country Club is right off Interstate 93 at 625 Mammoth Road in Manchester. Be warned, this hill is not for the faint-hearted. The hill has a steep slope. The best part? The walk back up the hill is a short one.
Surely you will work up an appetite with all the exercise, so it's a good thing the Derryfield Restaurant is right on the property. Visitors can stop in and enjoy a warm treat after spending all day in the cold.
Just a note, the hill does tend to get crowded so plan wisely.
3. Benedictine Park
So, not everyone in your family is interested in sledding. What do you do? Head to Benedictine Park, that's what! The Benedictine Conservation Land is right on Wallace Road in Bedford, right off Route 101. The hill has a steady slope and it is a long ride.The property is almost 30 acres of land, perfect for a winter wonderland. Take your indecisive family here and you can sled, snowshoe, cross-country ski, hike, make snowmen, make snow angels, anything!
Photo credit: Gwen Mikailov
4. White Park
White Park is in central New Hampshire, right in the capital on White Street. The hill has been a city park since the late 1800s but was not a sledding hill until the 20s and 30s David Gill, Concord's park and recreation director told the Hippo. Gill recommends for the little ones in your group go in the morning before the crowd shows up after a snowstorm. The snow will still be fluffy making the ride a little slower and safer. Those with the need for speed should wait until the afternoon when the snow has compacted from previous riders, making the path icy and fast.
5. Roby Park
Roby Park is fun all year long with their softball fields at the public's disposal. Though when winter comes around, that's when the real fun begins. The hill off of Spit Brook Road in Nashua is not too steep, with only an incline of 35 degrees but it's a great trip down with a length of around 500-600 feet. Unlike other hills in New Hampshire, a perk of visiting Roby Park is that you don't have to wait for the weather to beginning sledding. Nashua's parks department operates a snow making machine at the hill.