The Go-To Guide: Central Ohio Sledding Hills

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

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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Goodale Park

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.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

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.


Clinton-Como Park

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.

Kenney Park

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.

Park of Roses

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.

Columbus/German Village

Schiller Park

1069 Jaeger St.

This central city park, the second-oldest in Columbus, is a good spot for winter fun.


Glenwood Park

1888 Fairmont Ave.

Outdoor enthusiasts can visit this 15.67-acre city park at the southwest corner of West Broad Street and Interstate 70.


Antrim Park

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.

Gallant Woods Park

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.


Ballantrae Park

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.

Scioto Park

7377 Riverside Drive

The well-maintained city hill is south of the “Leatherlips” public art installation. Adjacent heated restrooms are available.


Municipal Golf Course

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.

Grandview Heights

Wyman Woods Park

1520 Goodale Blvd.

The park has a hill that is popular with local families.

Grove City

Fryer Park

3899 Orders Road

This city-maintained hill is part of a 110-acre park.

Scioto Grove Metro 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.


John C. Geller Park

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.


Rising Park

1120 N. High St.

Take a trip down the city-maintained hill next to the playground.

Lewis Center

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.

Upper Arlington

Northwest Kiwanis Park

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.


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