The Go-To Guide: Take a Ride at These Top Sledding Hills Around Columbus
When the snow flies, here are 38 of the most popular spots for downhill fun.
If the arrival of winter compels your kids to slide down any slope, whether on a conventional sled, a tube or some accepted substitute, you’ve probably made many treks to your local sledding hill. This year, if your family doesn’t mind the frosty weather, consider checking out a few new-to-you places to get some downhill thrills.
To help you explore, we’ve assembled a list of some of Central Ohio’s best and most popular sledding spots. Some sites, many of them owned by municipalities and park districts, have official sledding hills. Others, including a number of Columbus city parks, simply have hills and slopes that offer a decent descent.
Remember to put safety first. Don’t sled or snowboard near trees, posts or other fixed objects, and make sure your child wears a helmet. Note the hills and slopes on this list have varying degrees of steepness. Also, be sure to check for pandemic-related protocols. Consider calling ahead or checking websites or social media for up-to-date sledding information and possible closures.
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120 W. Goodale St.
Take on the short, steep slope in Columbus’ oldest park, located in Victorian Village. Limited parking is available inside the park and at surrounding on-street meters.
400 W. Whittier St.
The sledding hill in this 120-acre park is nestled between the obstacle course and the bocce court.
301 W. Pacemont Road
The southern half of this 21-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.
5201 Delawanda Ave.
Formerly known as Delawanda Park, Kenney Park sits behind Graceland Shopping Center and is accessible from the parking lot west of Kroger Marketplace. The slope is gentle, ideal for younger sledders. The park has its own parking area.
3923 N. High St.
There are two dedicated sledding hills (plus other rolling spots where you can sled) at the Park of Roses, which occupies 13 acres within Whetstone Park. Find it at the west end of Hollenback Road, off North High Street.
1069 Jaeger St.
The second-oldest park in Columbus is a beautiful spot for winter fun.
1888 Fairmont Ave.
If you expect to find sledding in a neighborhood named Hilltop, this 15-plus-acre city park off West Broad Street doesn’t disappoint.
5800 Olentangy River Road
The small sledding hill at this nearly 123-acre venue is still fun, especially for little sledders.
Big Run Park
4205 Clime Road
Visitors will find the Derby Hill sledding area at the far end of the park (follow the main road to the end). There, they can choose between the hill’s bumpy and smooth sides.
Delaware State Park
5202 U.S. Route 23 N.
There’s a sledding hill near the south entrance to Mink Run Trail. Cross-country skiing and ice skating are available as well, conditions permitting.
Gallant Woods Park
2151 Buttermilk Hill Road
You can’t miss the sledding hill in Gallant Woods: It’s a pretty decent slope right next to the parking lot. Nearby restrooms are open year-round.
6350 Woerner Temple Road
The Dancing Hares sculpture that highlights this park sits atop a hill that many kids use for sledding.
7377 Riverside Drive
Sledders using this massive hill share the slope with the Leatherlips public art installation. Adjacent heated restrooms are available.
Municipal Golf Course
220 Olde Ridenour Road
When there’s snow on the ground, grab your winter gear and head to this popular community sledding hill on the north side of the golf course.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive
Families will find three hills of varying heights to suit all ages. 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 sledding hill at this city park is moderate in length and slope. There is limited parking on-site.
3899 Orders Road
Slide down the designated sledding hill at this 110-acre park.
Scioto Grove Metro Park
5172 Jackson Pike
This park has a sledding area near backpacking site No. 2, not far from the central Arrowhead picnic area, which also has parking and toilets.
Walnut Woods Metro Park
6723 Lithopolis Road
This is another Metro Park with a gently sloping sledding hill—great for little ones.
John C. Geller Park
580 Cynthia St.
A line of trees separates the hill at this park into two sides, so take your pick and sled to your heart’s content.
Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park
3800 Veterans Memorial Drive
The city’s largest park has a man-made sledding hill, located between the ball fields and the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center.
1120 N. High St.
While Mount Pleasant, the park’s centerpiece, isn’t sled-able, the city-maintained hill located by the playground and parking lot is.
Alum Creek State Park
3305 S. Old State Road
Sledding is prohibited on the dam, but there’s a nice hill near the multipurpose trail off Africa Road.
Glen Oak Park
7126 Blue Holly Drive
There is a large, man-made hill at the southern end of the parking lot in this Orange Township park.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. Route 23 N.
Two sledding hills, one specifically designated for younger riders, make this a great destination for families. Both are located in the northwest corner of this 1,200-acre park, adjacent to the Big Meadows picnic area. Pit toilets are available nearby.
18375 Raymond Road
This city of Marysville park features a nice slope that will appeal to kids who want to go again and again.
Blues Creek Park
9627 Fontanelle Road
The sledding hill lies along Fox Run Trail in the middle of the park, but still close to the parking lot. Restrooms are nearby.
Sycamore Creek Park
481 Hereford Drive
This city of Pickerington park has two hills for sledding.
2845 Home Road
This spacious park has a slope for sledding at the east end.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave.
There is a moderate-sized hill on the park’s golf course available for sledding. The course’s restrooms are available to visitors.
Northwest Kiwanis Park
4840 Stonehaven Drive
A hill suitable for sledding is part of this city of Upper Arlington park.
Reed Road Park
3855 Reed Road
This city park also offers a sledding hill.
4250 Woodbridge Road
While not officially designated for sledding, the hill in this park has long been a favorite. It’s located in the middle near the North Shelter, and is a bit of a walk from parking.
Alum Creek Park North
221 W. Main St.
This park has hill options for older and younger sledders.
Sharon Woods Metro Park
6911 Cleveland Ave.
Two slopes, including a “bunny” hill for young sledders, are in the dedicated sledding area just north of the main entrance.
Whitehall Community Park
402 N. Hamilton Road
Enjoy the sledding on multiple hills at this city-owned park. Note that restrooms are not always available.
Huntley Bowl Park
6199 Huntley Road
Yes, it’s really a bowl, and one section has been modified specifically to serve as a sledding hill.
Olentangy River Parklands
600 W. Wilson Bridge Road
This park abuts the river but the two sledding hills—one longer and one smaller for young sledders—do not.
Notable Spots Where Sledding Is Prohibited
- Griggs Reservoir
- Hoover Reservoir
- The Ohio State University Golf Club
This story is from the Winter 2021 issue of Columbus Parent.