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January 20, 2011

Great sledding spots in Southern Maine

Some of Maine's best places to sled

From staff reports

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.

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Sledders queue up to try the sledding hill at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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Matt and Carmensol Kesselhout of South Portland enjoy one of the several sledding hills at Fort Williams Park with their children Maximo, 8, and Isabel, 6, who is being pulled up the hill by her father.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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Sherwood Heights Elementary School, 32 Sherwood Drive

Pettengill Park, Pettengill Park Road, off Gamage Avenue

Union Street Gully, Chestnut Street



Davenport Park, corner of Maine and Cedar streets

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


Rotary Park, Main Street



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

Indian Trail Park, off North Main Street



Fort Williams Park, 1000 Shore Road



Val Halla Golf and Recreation Center, 60 Val Halla Road



Mast Landing Elementary School, Bow Street, Freeport



University of Southern Maine campus



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



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


Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary, Highland Spring Road



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



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



Eastern Promenade, overlooking East End Beach

Payson Park, Ocean Avenue

Riverside Municipal Golf Course, Riverside Street


Maranacook High School, 2250 Millard Harrison Drive


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

Saco Middle School Recreation Area, Buxton Road


Powderhouse Hill, Agamenticus Road



South Portland High softball fields, Highland Avenue



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



Behind the East Fire Station, Falmouth Road

Maine Correctional Center hill, River Road


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Matt Marks and his wife, Sandi Story, of South Portland take a break from sledding to push Aidan, 2, and Abby, 4, on the swings at Fort Williams.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer


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