The Go-To Guide: Central Ohio Sledding Hills
Our region may not be known for its rolling terrain. But when winter comes, it is possible to hit the slopes for some sledding.
We've compiled a roundup of some of the most popular public sledding spots around Central Ohio, most of which are owned by municipalities and park districts. Some sites have official sledding hills, while others simply have decent slopes that make them popular snow-day destinations.
Whether the kids are playing at one of these locations or at home, safety comes first. Don't sled or snowboard near trees or other immovable objects, and make sure your child wears a helmet.
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120 W. Goodale St.
Grab a sled and head to Victorian Village, to the city of Columbus's oldest park. Parking is available within the venue and at surrounding on-street meters.
400 W. Whittier St.
Take a sled ride in this 120-acre park just south of Downtown. Head to the sledding hill, located between the recreation fields and the bocce court.
301 W. Pacemont Road
The southern half of the 19.5-acre park, near West Weber Road, is home to the sledding hill. Visitors can park in a lot in the northern section, near West Lakeview Avenue.
5201 Delawanda Ave.
The facility, formerly known as Delawanda Park, sits behind Graceland Shopping Center. Get there from the parking lot west of Kroger Marketplace. The park has its own lot.
3923 N. High St.
Riders can zip down two sledding hills at this site, which occupies 13 acres within Whetstone Park. Find it at the west end of Hollenback Road, off North High Street.
1069 Jaeger St.
This central city park, the second-oldest in Columbus, is a good spot for winter fun.
1888 Fairmont Ave.
Outdoor enthusiasts can visit this 15.67-acre city park at the southwest corner of West Broad Street and Interstate 70.
5800 Olentangy River Road
The sledding hill at this nearly 120-acre venue is suitable for small children.
Big Run Park
4201 Clime Road
Visitors will find the sledding area, also known as Derby Hill, at the far end of the park (follow the main road to the end).
Delaware State Park
5202 U.S. Route23 N.
Glide down the sledding hill near the south entrance to Mink Run Trail.
2151 Buttermilk Hill Road
This Preservation Parks of Delaware County facility has a sledding hill close to the entrance, with an adjacent parking lot. Nearby restrooms are open year-round.
6350 Woerner Temple Road
While it's not an official sledding hill, many residents use it as such. The park is known for the “Dancing Hares” sculpture.
7377 Riverside Drive
The well-maintained city hill is south of the “Leatherlips” public art installation. Adjacent heated restrooms are available.
220 Olde Ridenour Road
This popular community sledding hill is on the north side of the golf course.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive
Sled riders will find three hills of varying heights. Head to the middle of the park off Alkire Road, near the canoe access area. Pit toilets are available nearby.
Wyman Woods Park
1520 Goodale Blvd.
The park has a hill that is popular with local families.
3899 Orders Road
This city-maintained hill is part of a 110-acre park.
5172 Jackson Pike
Metro Parks' newest facility has a sledding area near backpacking site No. 2, not far from the central Arrowhead picnic area.
480 Cynthia St.
Visitors can choose from two different sides of the hill, separated by a line of trees.
Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park
3800 Veterans Memorial Drive
The city's largest park has a man-made sledding hill between the ballfields and the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center.
1120 N. High St.
Take a trip down the city-maintained hill next to the playground.
Glen Oak Park
7126 Blue Holly Drive
There is a man-made hill at the southern end of the parking lot in this Orange Township park. It lies within the Glen Oak subdivision, just north of Glen Oak Elementary School.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. Route 23 N.
Two sledding hills are available in the northwest corner of this 1,200-acre park, adjacent to the Big Meadows picnic area. One of them is designed for ages 10 and younger. Pit toilets are available nearby.
Blues Creek Park
9627 Fontanelle Road
The sledding hill lies in the middle of the park, along Fox Run Trail. There are restrooms nearby. Blues Creek is part of Preservation Parks of Delaware County.
Sycamore Creek Park
500 Hereford Drive
Two hills are available at this city-owned park.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave.
This moderate-sized hill is on the park's golf course. Visitors can use the course's restrooms.
4840 Stonehaven Drive
A sledding hill is part of this city-owned park.
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road
From the main entrance, take the right fork to get to this small hill that's geared to younger children. There are restrooms close by, near the skating pond.
Sharon Woods Metro Park
6911 Cleveland Ave.
The park has two hills, one specifically for younger children. Access to the sledding area is north of the main entrance.
Whitehall Community Park
402 N. Hamilton Road
Sledding is popular with residents at this city-owned park.
Olentangy River Parklands
600 W. Wilson Bridge Road
This city park has two hills for sledding.
NOTABLE PLACES WHERE SLEDDING IS PROHIBITED:
- Hoover Reservoir
- Griggs Reservoir
- The Ohio State University Golf Club