When the winter weather forecast calls for snow, there’s only one thing to do… head for the hills! Sledding fun is one of the absolute best ways to spend a snow day, and the Springfield and Burke areas have plenty of great hills that turn into prime sledding areas.
Maybe you already know a few good hills around the neighborhood, but if you’re looking to secure a great sledding spot — or upgrade your preferred sledding playground — here are some of the best sledding hills in Springfield and Burke:*
Burke Lake Park is a favorite for its open fields and playgrounds, but kids and adults alike will enjoy the park’s great hills which make for awesome cold-weather entertainment.
Lake Fairfax Park in Reston is actually closed through late March. But those in the know are aware that they can still access the park through the main entrance on Lake Fairfax Drive. A steep sledding hill is located behind the picnic area restrooms.
Mason District Park has hilly spots perfect for sledding and is a great option for Annandale locals not looking to drive very far. The hill at the end of Meadow Trail is a favorite.
Cross-country skiers enjoy scenic views of animal tracks and the Potomac River at Riverbend Park and sledders will also enjoy a snow day and some hills here.
Jefferson Manor Park in Alexandria has a great sledding hill that bottoms out right into the parking lot. Not participating parents can sit on benches to watch their children sled… or, stay warm in the car while still supervising the snowy fun.
Westgate Park is perhaps best known for its well-maintained tennis courts, but this park also boasts a pretty good sledding hill tucked behind its second baseball field.
The steep wooded trail at Wakefield-Accotink Trail is a great and hearty challenge for cross country skiers but inclines like that also make sledding fun where you can find a clear spot.
Cardinal Forest Park has a prime sledding hill along the sewer easement between Carleigh Pkwy and Roxbury Ave.
Canturbury Woods Fairfax has an obvious sledding hill that delights sledders of all sizes.
Sledders enjoy the hill by the Stone House off Route 29 at the Manassas National Battlefield Park.
And even WUSA8’s Peggy Fox, who grew up in Springfield, admits that her favorite sledding hill is in the neighborhood! It’s the one between Keene Mill, where she went to elementary school, and Washington Irving.
But before you grab your sled and set out, a word of warning: Parks and schools are prime for winter sledding and snow day fun, but we advise that you NOT try to sled at any Fairfax County golf courses. While tempting, sledding at golf courses here is banned, and as sneaky as you think you may be, it’s not worth it. Trust us.
Fairfax County and Northern Virginia may not get too much snow each year, but when we do, our cross-country skiing areas and sledding hills are some of the most fun to be found. So enjoy your sledding and snow day!
*Be sure to check with specific parks for policies and updates.