More Snow Expected; Sledding Hills for Crystal Lake, Cary

More snow is on its way. It's time to hit the area sledding hills!

More snow is on the way to Crystal Lake and Cary tonight, which should make for good sledding conditions.

Here is a list of area sledding hills:  

Crystal Lake

1) Veteran Acres Park, 431 Walkup Road (north of Route 176), has two hills. The "big" hill is located off Walkup Road by the main parking lot, playground and Babe Ruth baseball field. It is lighted. 

A smaller, but steep hill is located across the park by the Crystal Lake Park District Nature Center, 330 N. Main St., Crystal Lake. It is not lighted. 

2) Three Oaks Recreation Area, 5517 Route 14, Crystal Lake. Three Oaks has a sizable hill. Sledding is only permitted during park hours, 9 a.m. to sunset for the winter season. Snowboards and skis are not permitted. Residents receive parking. Non-residents should be prepared to pay a $5 parking fee. Restrooms on site.

According to the site manager, the hill is not open (as of noon Friday), but check back for updates. The hill could open Saturday after more snow falls. Call the site manager for up-to-date information at 815-790-8840, or check the the Three Oaks Recreation Facebook page.

3) Butternut Preserve, off Butternut Drive, east of Briarwood Road, Crystal Lake. 

4) Indian Prairie Park, 600 Miller Rd., (behind Indian Prairie School), Crystal Lake. Not listed as an official sledding hill, but a very popular destination for residents of Crystal Lake and Lake in the Hills.

The hill faces Miller Road just west of Randall Road. Kids sled there day and night. Only a few lights are in the area. Parking available by the baseball fields. 


Sled from dawn to dusk at Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road, north of Three Oaks Road, in Cary. Has on-site parking. 


Braewood Park, 1001 Gaslight Dr., Algonquin, is a popular hill. 

High Hill Park and Nature Preserve, 501 Kirkland, has nice vistas. 

Spella Park, 2610 Harnish Drive, has great views, a fast hill, lights and a warming element.


Deicke Park, 11419 S. Route 47, Huntley, is the most popular sledding destination in town. More information is available from the Huntley Park District.  


Lakewood Forest Preserve Winter Sports Area, at Fairfield and Ivanhoe roads, has a large, lighted hill.

Island Lake

Converse Park, Route 176, west of N. Darrell Rd., Island Lake. This park offers a high, lighted hill.

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Denise Majko December 14, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Thanks so much for posting the areas where we can go sledding!! I didn't even consider Three Oaks Recreation!!
Stephanie Price (Editor) December 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM
:) Yes, it looks like a good hill.
Michelle Snow December 18, 2013 at 06:30 PM
If you're looking for sledding hills, check out http://tobogganhills.com/ for a map of local hills including ratings for steepness, obstructions, popularity, and parking. You can also add your own hills for others to locate and enjoy. Happy sledding!


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