Our Favorite Sledding Hills

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

If it's winter, then it must be time to pull the sleds (or garbage can lids or cafeteria trays), out of storage and find yourselves a hill to sled down! And, Columbus parents, you know sledding is not just for the kids. Get yourselves out there for some fresh air, too!

Here is a list of favorite sledding hills throughout central Ohio. Please note that many of these locations, though situated on city-owned properties, may not be officially maintained or staffed by a city or township. And some may also be situated close enough to private property that you should be mindful of respecting the owners' rights. And, of course, it goes without saying: Be safe!

If you know of other hills you'd like to see added to our database, please send your suggestions to us at contact@columbusparent.com. We maintain this list (and many others) as part of our full-length, online Go-To Guide all year at www.columbusparent.com/gotoguide.

Clinton-Como Park (301 W. Pacemont Road, Columbus 43202) The hill is located near the west end of West Weber Road, in the southern half of the park. A parking lot is located in the northern half of the park at the west end of Lakeview Avenue.

Kenney Park (formerly Delawanda Park, 5201 Delawanda Ave. Columbus 43214) The park is located behind the Graceland Shopping Center. There is a parking lot.

Whetstone Park of Roses (3923 N. High St., Columbus 43214) Two hills. The park is located at the west end of Hollenback Road, which is accessed from North High Street.

Schiller Park (1069 Jaeger St., Columbus).

Glenwood Park (1888 Fairmont Ave., Columbus 43223).

Antrim Park (5800 Olentangy River Road, Columbus 43085) This hill is suitable for small children.

Big Run Park (4201 Clime Road, Columbus 43228) Also known as Derby Hill, located at the far end of park (follow the main road to the end).

Delaware State Park (5202 U.S. Route23 North, Delaware 43015) The hill is located near the south end entrance to Mink Run Trail.

Gallant Woods Preserve (2151 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware 43015) The hill is located soon after you drive into the park with a parking lot next to it. A little further down the park road are restrooms that are open all year.

Ballantrae Park (6350 Woerner Temple Road, Dublin 43016) Site of the "Dancing Rabbits" sculpture, though not an official sled hill for the city. There are no restrooms available during the winter.

Scioto Park (7377 Riverside Drive, Dublin 43016) Also known as Leatherlips Park. Well-maintained and city-staffed hill located to the south of the Leatherlips public art installation. Heated restrooms are available right next to the sled hill.

Municipal Golf Course (220 Olde Ridenour Road, Gahanna 43230) It narrowly survived destruction this past year (to a trail project), but this popular community sledding hill will return. It's located on the north side of the course.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park (1775 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway 43119) Three hills of varying heights are located off Alkire Road at Kropp Road, near the canoe access. There are nearby pit toilets available.

Wyman Woods Park (1520 Goodale Blvd., Grandview Heights 43212) The hill should be reopened this winter after an extensive renovation project in the park. Please note there are still construction projects going on with nearby city streets.

Fryer Park (3899 Orders Road, Grove City 43123) City-maintained hill is also the site for outdoor movie screenings in the summer.

Geller Park (480 Cynthia St., Heath 43056) Two hills available, also known as Heath Community Park.

Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park (3800 Veterans Memorial Drive, Hilliard 43026) City-maintained hill.

Rising Park (1100 N. High St., Lancaster 43130; 740-687-6651) City-maintained hill next to the playground.

Glen Oak Park (7126 Blue Holly Drive, Lewis Center 43035; 740-657-8881) This man-made hill is part of Orange Township Parks system and located within the Glen Oaks subdivision, just north of Glen Oak Elementary School.

Highbanks Metro Park (9466 U.S. Route 23 North, Lewis Center 43035; 614-891-0700; metroparks.net) Two hills are located at the west end of the park opposite the Big Meadows parking lot. There are nearby pit toilets available.

Blues Creek Preserve (9627 Fontanelle Road, Ostrander 43061) Part of the Preservation Parks of Delaware County system. There are two shelter houses and year-round restrooms available in the park.

Sycamore Creek Park (500 Hereford Drive, Pickerington 43147) Two hills available.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park (7309 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg; 614-891-0700) This moderate-sized hill is located on the golf course. Visitors are welcome to use the golf course's restroom facilities.

Blendon Woods Metro Park (4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville 43081) The hill is a small one to the right of the Y from the entrance. There is a nearby shelter house and year-round restrooms.

Sharon Woods Metro Park (6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville 43081) The hill is located just north of the main entrance. There are no restrooms available.

Whitehall Community Park (402 N. Hamilton Road, Whitehall 43213; 614-863-0121).

Olentangy River Parklands (600 W. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington 43085) Two hills available.

*Hoover Reservoir

*Griggs Reservoir

*The Ohio State University golf courses