The Go-To Guide: Central Ohio Sledding Hills

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
Gallant Woods Park

Whether by conventional sled or an accepted substitute (perhaps a tube, tray or tarp), winter calls for downhill fun, even in the relatively slope-free topography of Central Ohio.

So we’ve put together a list of some of the area’s best and/or most popular sledding hills, 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.

When sledding, especially at one of these public spaces, be smart and be safe. Don’t sled or snowboard near trees, posts or other immovable objects, and make sure your child wears a helmet.

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COLUMBUS/CENTRAL

Grab a sled and head to Victorian Village, to Columbus’s oldest park. Parking is available inside the park and at surrounding on-street meters. 

This 120-acre park is located south of Downtown along the Scioto River. Find the sledding hill between the recreation fields and the bocce court.

COLUMBUS/CLINTONVILLE

The southern half of the 19.5-acre park, near West Weber Road, is home to the sledding hill. It’s a long but gentle slope, ideal for young sledders. There is limited parking on-site. 

The facility, formerly known as Delawanda Park, sits behind Graceland Shopping Center and is accessible from the parking lot west of Kroger Marketplace. The venue has its own parking area. 

Riders can zip down two dedicated sledding hills (there are other rolling spots where you can sled as well) 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

A beautiful neighborhood setting surrounds the second-oldest park in Columbus; it’s a good spot for winter fun. 

COLUMBUS/HILLTOP

Of course you’ll find somewhere to sled in a place called the Hilltop. Outdoor enthusiasts can visit this 15.67-acre city park at the southwest corner of West Broad Street and Interstate 70. 

COLUMBUS/NORTHWEST

The sledding hill at this nearly 120-acre venue is suitable for small children. 

COLUMBUS/SOUTHWEST

Visitors will find the Derby Hill sledding area at the far end of the park (follow the main road to the end). The hill has a bumpy side and a smooth side.

DELAWARE

Glide down the sledding hill near the south entrance to Mink Run Trail. Cross-country skiing and ice skating are available as well, conditions permitting.

Park right next to the sledding hill at this Preservation Parks of Delaware County facility. Nearby restrooms are open year-round. 

DUBLIN

While it’s not an official sledding hill, many residents use it as such. The nearly 25-acre park is known for the Dancing Hares sculpture. 

The sledding hill is south of the Leatherlips public art installation. Adjacent heated restrooms are available. 

GAHANNA

Fore! This popular community sledding hill is on the north side of the golf course.

GALLOWAY

Families 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

This city park offers a moderate (in length and slope) hill. Limited parking can be found on-site.

GROVE CITY

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

This park has a sledding area near backpacking site No. 2, not far from the central Arrowhead picnic area, which has parking and toilets. 

GROVEPORT

A low, gentle hill in this Metro Park is great for little ones.

HEATH

Visitors can choose from two different sides of the hill, separated by a line of trees.

HILLIARD

The city’s largest park has a man-made sledding hill, located between the ballfields and the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center. 

LANCASTER

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

LEWIS CENTER

There is a large, 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. 

Two sledding hills make this a great destination for families. Located in the northwest corner of this 1,200-acre park, adjacent to the Big Meadows picnic area, one of the hills is designed for younger riders. Pit toilets are available nearby.

OSTRANDER

The sledding hill lies in the middle of the park, along Fox Run Trail. Restrooms are nearby. Blues Creek is part of Preservation Parks of Delaware County. 

PICKERINGTON

Two hills are available at this city-owned park. 

REYNOLDSBURG

This moderate-sized hill is located on the park’s golf course. Visitors can use the course’s restrooms. 

UPPER ARLINGTON

A sledding hill is part of this 22-acre, city-owned park.

WESTERVILLE

The park has two hills, one a “bunny” hill for younger children. Access to the sledding area is north of the main entrance.

WHITEHALL

Head out for sledding at this city-owned park.

WORTHINGTON

One side of the bowl at this city park has been modified into a sledding hill. 

This city park has two hills for sledding.

Notable Places Where Sledding Is Prohibited:

  • Griggs Reservoir
  • Hoover Reservoir
  • The Ohio State University Golf Club

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park