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Best Sledding Spots Around Washington

Bundle up and hit these slopes when the snow starts to accumulate.

Where to head with your sled when the snow starts to pile up. Image via Shutterstock.

It’s time to pull the snow gear out of storage! Washington has seen its first snow of the season, and what better way to celebrate than to put together a sledding bucket list? Here, we scout out some of the more popular toboggan spots.

Capitol Hill
With a not-too-steep hill and beautiful views, this spot is great for all members of the family. Plus what’s more American than sledding on the lawn of the Capitol Building?

Book Hill Park
Located right behind the Georgetown Library, this spot offers some good sledding hills. Just make sure you have enough control to stop yourself at the bottom, as the hills lead into the street.

Rock Creek Park
Specifically between 23rd and P streets, Northwest, this spot is secluded and has a steep hill for those looking for more of a thrill.

Fort Reno Park
As the highest natural point in DC, this area has multiple hills for winter fun.

Battery Kemble Park
This is one of the most popular sledding areas in the District. Its hill offers an enjoyable experience for all sledders—the more daring can begin at the top, while others can start in the flatter middle section. Come early, as sledders flock to this spot at the earliest snowfall.

George Washington Masonic Memorial
Located in Alexandria, it offers thrilling multi-layered hills and great views of busy Kings Street.

Jefferson Manor Park
Sledders heading to this location should ride from the park’s shelter toward Telegraph Road for the best experience.

Lake Fairfax Park
Known for its western themed water park, this location isn’t only enjoyable in the summer months. The hills here are great for sledding, specifically behind the picnic area’s restrooms.

Mason District Park
Located in Annandale, this is another popular spot for sledders. The hill at the end of Meadow Trail is the place to be. Rangers will enforce the park’s closing after dark, so it’s best to visit earlier in the day.

Pine Crest Elementary School
A popular spot for those in the Woodmore area, this offers a nice sledding area in the field next to the tennis courts. Make sure to watch out for snowballs—snowball fights often break out at the bottom.

Hearst Recreation Center
Here the sledding hill is short but steep and conveniently flows into the soccer field.

Takoma Park Middle School
At the Lee Jordan athletic field is a large hill that is perfect for sledding—part of which is double-tiered. The cement stairs also make the trek back up the hill a bit easier.