Guide to Sledding Hills in McHenry County

There is certainly no greater unifying childhood winter memory than rushing down a hill on a sled. The size of the sledding hill might have varied, from a gentle slope to a big “mountain” of a sled hill… to pouring buckets of water down the driveway of the empty house next door (I plead the 5th). The sledding equipment might have been starkly different, from traditional rail sled to aluminum saucer to some variety of plastic sled…or even cafeteria tray for those collegiate makeshift sledders. But the joy and thrill were the same, and daresay remain so still for the inner child within our adult selves.

So as the snow falls and the anticipation of snow sledding grows once again, let our guide help you along the way in locating sledding near you. Or, to venture out to explore other areas of the county. We’ve attempted to compile a list of sledding hills, by city or village, across McHenry County. By no means is this believed to be an exhaustive list.

What follows may include both official and unofficial sledding hills. Some may be maintained or even lighted, while others may be strictly an area of land, specifically or fortunately suited for sledding. And we’d love to know your opinion on where is the best place to sled?

Also, be sure to check our guide for Ice Skating Rinks in McHenry County.

All information is subject to change and we always recommend contacting the specific locations to verify conditions and availability, especially those that are weather dependent.

Boy sledding down hill.

Algonquin Sledding Hills

Braewood Park

Braewood Park is a cozy neighborhood park offering a sledding hill for wintertime fun from 6am to dusk.

Address: 1001 Gaslight Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102

Phone: 847-658-2700

Information: Park Details


High Hill Park & Nature Preserve

High Hill Park and Nature Preserve derives its name from the fact that it is actually two parks. A nice neighborhood park with a playground, shelter, swing set, sandpit, and wintertime sledding hill. Open from 6am to dusk.

Address: 501 Kirkland Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102

Phone: 847-658-2716

Information: Park Details


Spella Park

Spella Park is a massive 43-acre park named after late Village President Ted Spella. The highlight of this park comes in the winter thanks to the massive hill separating the west and east park areas. This is the premier sledding hill of the Algonquin area and it also gives a spectacular view year-round. Open from 6am to dusk.

Address: 2610 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102

Phone: 847-658-2716

Information: Park Details


Cary Sledding Hills

Lions Park

When covered with snow, Lions Park’s rolling hills are excellent for sledding. Closes at dusk.

Address: 1200 Silver Lake Rd, Cary, IL 60013

Phone: 847-639-6200

Information: Park Details, RainoutLine


Crystal Lake Sledding Hills

Feinberg Park

This community park just east of the Pingree Metra Station provides a popular though unofficial sledding hill.

Address: 701 Juniper Ln, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-459-0680

Information: Park Details, Crystal Lake Park District


Three Oaks Recreation

This reclaimed abandoned quarry is a popular water spot during the warmer months, yet also provides for some winter sledding fun. Open 6:30am to sunset. Note that a Crystal Lake vehicle sticker may be needed for free parking.

Address: 5517 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-459-2020

Information: Park Details, Rainout Line


Veteran Acres Park – Babe Ruth Hill

The very popular main sledding hill on the Walkup Road side provides lighted sledding areas (4-9 PM), restrooms, shelters, and ample parking.

Address: 431 Walkup Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Phone: 815-459-0680

Information: Park Details, Rainout Line, Crystal Lake Park District


Veteran Acres Park – Nature Center

Veteran Acres also features a secondary sledding hill located near the Nature Center.

Address: 330 N. Main St, Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Phone: 815-459-0680

Information: Park Details, Rainout Line, Crystal Lake Park District


Fox River Grove Sledding Hills

Old Hunt Park

There is a small sledding hill, perfect for beginning sledders, adjacent to the walking path to Algonquin Road School. Open 8am to dusk.

Address: Old Hunt Rd & Hunters Way, Fox River Grove, IL 60021

Phone: 847-639-3170

Information: Park Details


Picnic Grove Park

The park, located within the Picnic Grove subdivision along the Fox River, includes a large sledding hill for winter sledding activities.

Address: 598 Birch Lane, Fox River Grove, IL 60021

Phone: 847-639-3170

Information: Park Details

Harvard Sledding Hills

Lions Park

The lighted sledding hill is open until 10pm during sledding season.

Address: E Brown St & Galvin Pkwy, Harvard, IL 60033

Phone: 815-943-6468

Information: Park Details


Huntley Sledding Hills

Talamore

This sledding hill is maintained by the Huntley Park District during the snow season and is open from sunrise to dusk.

Address: Garlieb Dr & Hadley Dr, Huntley, IL 60142

Phone: 847-669-3180

Information: Park Details


Warrington Park

The Warrington Park sledding hill, just west of Stingray Bay Aquatic Center, is maintained by the Huntley Park District during the snow season and is open from sunrise to dusk.

Address: 122​19 Lois Ln, Huntley, IL 60142

Phone: 847-669-3180

Information: Park Details


Island Lake Sledding Hills

Converse Park

A large and extremely popular sledding hill that is open until 10pm. It is lit but unsupervised.

Address: 628 E State Rd, Island Lake, IL 60042

Phone: 847-416-7866

Information: Park Details


Johnsburg Sledding Hills

McHenry Park / Albert A. Adams Park

This main park offers sledding hills and a warming shelter.

Address: 3703 N Richmond, Rd, Johnsburg, IL 60051

Phone: 815-385-5605

Information: Park Details


Ringwood Sledding Hills

Glacial Park Conservation Area

The sledding hill is located by the Wiedrich Barn amphitheater and is open when there is at least 4″ of snow.

Address: 6705 State Rte 31, Ringwood, IL 60072

Phone: 815-678-4532 (Lost Valley Visitor Center)

Information: Park Details, Sledding Info, McHenry County Conservation District


Woodstock Sledding Hills

Emricson Park

During the winter months, the City provides a designated sledding area in Emricson Park. Open from 5am to 11pm.

Address: 900 West South St, Woodstock, IL 60098

Phone: 815-338-4363

Information: Park Details


Raintree Park

The sledding hill is located on the east side of the park. Open from dawn to dusk.

Address: 401 E Lake St, Woodstock, IL 60098

Phone: 815-338-4363

Information: Park Details


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President and Founder of Identity Developments, LLC, the parent company of the McHenry Life website. My hope for McHenry Life is to create a resource and destination for the residents and businesses of McHenry County alike. A place where residents can discover new places to explore, fun events and ways to spend time, and then share those experiences with others. A place where businesses can connect with existing and potential customers, and not simply market their businesses, but share their own unique stories.

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