Grease that toboggan and patch those inner tubes, when the first snowflake of winter falls you will want to be first in line to go sledding down the Best Sledding Spots in Baltimore. Absent from our list, Television Hill, which is reserved for our favorite anchors. — Lance Duvall
Baltimore County’s Board of Education Building
6901 Charles Street
Towson, Maryland 21204
It will not be difficult to convince your school children to venture out to Baltimore County’s Board of Education Building on a snow day. It may seem ironic, but the Baltimore County’s Board of Education headquarters is a perfect place for school children to go sledding to on a snow day. Located on Charles Street in Towson, Md., the Baltimore Board of Education Building has a long steep hill in front of their premises. Students will be happy to throw out their homework while they slide down the hill at high speeds. Beware of the big ditch at the bottom, it might be harder to avoid than detention.
27 South Patterson Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231
Patterson Park has quite a number of hills for sledding. Begin your sledding day by climbing to the top of the park, toward the Pagoda. Located at the height of the park, the Pagoda has a tremendous view of the city and marks the ideal starting point to begin your descent. Dodge snowball fights as you wisp down to the end of the hill. Patterson Park covers 155 acres and is surrounded by the neighborhoods of Upper Fells Point, Highlandtown, Canton, Butcher’s Hill and Patterson Place. With such a large number on communities surrounding the park, there should be plenty of competition for sled races.
Oregon Ridge State Park
13401 Beaver Dam Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Oregon Ridge State Park once had an operating ski area, but after closing in the 1960s, there was only one way to enjoy the slope, by sled. Legend has it that someone was clocked at 50 m.p.h. riding a snow tube down the 200-foot hill of Orgeon Ridge Park. If your sled does not reach such high speeds, you will notice the remnants of the rope tow that once took skiers to the top. Snowboarders also use the slope to train, making the walk back up the hill after each ride. There are also plenty of trails at Oregon Ridge State Park for cross-country skiing.
Herring Run Park
Harford Road and Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
Years of erosion to the Appalachian Mountains helped shape the hills and valleys that form Maryland’s landscape. When snow blankets the Baltimore area, create your own erosion and avalanches sledding down the hills of Herring Run Park. Located near Lake Montebello, Herring Run Park has steep hills that make for a fast ride. Before making your way down the hill, take a minute to admire the scenery of the snow-covered watershed. There may be no scenic sledding experience in Maryland quite like the hills of Herring Run Park.
Windsor Mill Road
Baltimore, MD 21229
Behind Crimea Mansion awaits some of the best sledding opportunities in Baltimore. The long hill takes sled riders down a winding and thrilling trail. Avoid sculpture and structures of the old Crimea Estate as it creates new meaning to “sled at your own risk.” Leakin Park is located along the Piedmont plateau where streams have cut ravines as they made their way to the Chesapeake Bay. Both a product of nature and human landscaping, the hills of Leakin Park appear made for sledding.