Neighborhood Expert: The best places around Vienna and McLean to go sledding

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

If you follow Jay’s Wintry Mix — my favorite place to keep an eye on our local weather — you know there’s a chance we get snow today (I’m writing this on Sunday, so if the snow is a bust, like usual, know that’s why). We’ve had such a mild winter so far, I know my kids are craving a snow storm so badly!

If you’re looking for somewhere to go sledding, here’s my annual edition of the best places to go sledding in Vienna and McLean!


  • There’s a small hill at Meadow Lane Park on the baseball field. It’s small enough for little kids who might be scared, but enough to give them some speed.
  • Westbriar Elementary School (behind the school)
  • Cunningham Park Elementary — has a big hill that’s great for picking up speed
  • Wolftrap (the theatre) — there’s two places at Wolftrap, the “Bowl” and the “Big Hill”
  • Marshall Road Elementary — in the back there’s a small hill
  • Thoreau Middle School — big hill in the back of the school


  • Westgate Park — there’s a hill behind the 2nd baseball field
  • Lemon Road Elementary — has a large hill
  • Franklin Sherman Elementary School

My mom hack for another fun snow activity is “snow paint” which is just water and food coloring mixed in a squeeze bottle. My kids write their names in the snow, draw happy faces, etc. It’s always a big hit.

One more tip — we all know after snow comes hot chocolate. Caffe Amouri now sells MaddyBakes hot cocoa bombs and they’re delicious!

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