Great sledding spots are a little bit like great fishing spots — no one wants to share their favorites for fear they’ll be overrun. Luckily, there are enough well-known and visible hills across the state that most folks can get their sledding fix somewhere. Here’s a list of free hills open to the public to get you started. If you are looking for more hills to conquer with your flying saucer sled, try contacting a city or town’s parks and recreation folks.

AUBURN

Sherwood Heights Elementary School, 32 Sherwood Drive

Pettengill Park, Pettengill Park Road, off Gamage Avenue

Union Street Gully, Chestnut Street

 

BANGOR

Davenport Park, corner of Maine and Cedar streets

Essex Street Recreation Area (also known as Suicide Hill), Essex Street

BIDDEFORD

Rotary Park, Main Street

 

BREWER

Doyle Field, behind Brewer Auditorium, which is on Wilson Street

Indian Trail Park, off North Main Street

 

CAPE ELIZABETH

Fort Williams Park, 1000 Shore Road

 

CUMBERLAND

Val Halla Golf and Recreation Center, 60 Val Halla Road

 

FREEPORT

Mast Landing Elementary School, Bow Street, Freeport

 

GORHAM

University of Southern Maine campus

 

HARPSWELL

Harpswell Islands School, 308 Harpswell Islands Road (Route 24)

 

KENNEBUNK

Old landfill (after the Kennebunk Recycling Center), Sea Road

LEWISTON

Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary, Highland Spring Road

 

LISBON

Route 196 (next to the Lisbon Community Federal Credit Union, 325 Lisbon St.)

 

NEW GLOUCESTER

Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Drive (off Route 231)

 

PORTLAND

Eastern Promenade, overlooking East End Beach

Payson Park, Ocean Avenue

Riverside Municipal Golf Course, Riverside Street

READFIELD

Maranacook High School, 2250 Millard Harrison Drive

SACO

Clarks Hill, near Garside’s Ice Cream, Ferry Road

Saco Middle School Recreation Area, Buxton Road

SOUTH BERWICK

Powderhouse Hill, Agamenticus Road

 

SOUTH PORTLAND

South Portland High softball fields, Highland Avenue

 

WATERVILLE

Mayflower Hill, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Road (about 1/10 mile from the Mayflower Hill entrance to the campus)

 

WINDHAM

Behind the East Fire Station, Falmouth Road

Maine Correctional Center hill, River Road