Central Ohio Sledding Hills

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Fryer Park in Grove City

Winter has officially arrived, which means it's time for snow angels, snowball fights and sled rides.

Whether you prefer a toboggan, a tube or a Flexible Flyer, central Ohio has numerous locations to take the kids on a downhill run.

We've compiled a roundup of some of our favorite sledding spots around town. The list consists of public facilities, most of which are owned by municipalities and park districts. Some boast official sledding hills, while others simply have slopes commonly used as such.

Whether you're playing at one of these locations or in your own backyard, remember to be safe! Stay clear of trees, picnic tables and other objects, and always have your child wear a helmet.

If you have a suggestion for a location we should consider adding to our list, send an email to contact@columbusparent.com.

Goodale Park

120 W. Goodale St., Columbus 43215

Take a sled ride at the city's oldest park. There is parking within the venue and at surrounding on-street meters.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

400 W. Whittier St., Columbus 43215

Sledding has been added to this 120-acre park just south of downtown. The hill is between the recreation fields and the bocce court.


Clinton-Como Park

301 W. Pacemont Road, Columbus 43202

Visitors will find the sledding hill near West Weber Road, in the southern half of the 19.5-acre park. The parking lot is in the park's northern section, near West Lakeview Avenue.

Kenney Park

5201 Delawanda Ave., Columbus 43214

The venue, formerly known as Delawanda Park, is tucked behind Graceland Shopping Center. Get there from the parking lot near the Kroger Marketplace. The park has its own lot.

Park of Roses

3923 N. High St., Columbus 43214

Riders can test out two sledding hills. The park is at the west end of Hollenback Road, off North High Street.

Schiller Park

1069 Jaeger St., Columbus 43206

This central city park is a good spot for winter fun.


Glenwood Park

1888 Fairmont Ave., Columbus 43223

This city park is at the southwest corner of West Broad Street and Interstate 70.


Antrim Park

5800 Olentangy River Road, Columbus 43085

This hill is suitable for small children.

Big Run Park

4201 Clime Road, Columbus 43228

The sledding area, also known as Derby Hill, is at the far end of the park (follow the main road to the end).

Delaware State Park

5202 U.S. Route23 N., Delaware 43015

Find the sledding hill near the south end entrance to Mink Run Trail.

Gallant Woods Preserve

2151 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware 43015

The hill is located close to the park entrance, with an adjacent parking lot. Follow the park road a little farther for restrooms that are open year-round. The venue is part of the Preservation Parks of Delaware County system.

Ballantrae Park

6350 Woerner Temple Road, Dublin 43016

While it's not an official sledding hill, many residents do use it as such. The park is known for the Dancing Hares sculpture.

Scioto Park

7377 Riverside Drive, Dublin 43016

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

Municipal Golf Course

220 Olde Ridenour Road, Gahanna 43230

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

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway 43119

Outdoor enthusiasts will find three hills of varying heights off Alkire Road, near the canoe access. There are nearby pit toilets.

Wyman Woods Park

1520 Goodale Blvd., Grandview Heights 43212

The popular hill will be open all winter since the park renovation project has been completed.

Fryer Park

3899 Orders Road, Grove City 43123

This city-maintained hill also hosts summer outdoor movie screenings.

Scioto Grove Metro Park

5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City 43123

Metro Parks' newest addition has a sledding area near backpacking site No. 2, not far from the Arrowhead picnic area.

John C. Geller Park

480 Cynthia St., Heath 43056

Sled riders can choose two different trips down the hill, separated by a line of trees. The venue also is known as Heath Community Park.

Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park

3800 Veterans Memorial Drive, Hilliard 43026

The sledding hill is in the city's largest park, situated between the ballfields and the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center.

Rising Park

1100 N. High St., Lancaster 43130

A city-maintained hill is next to the playground.

Glen Oak Park

7126 Blue Holly Drive, Lewis Center 43035

Find this manmade hill at the southern end of the parking lot in Glen Oak Park, which is part of Orange Township's system. The park lies within the Glen Oaks subdivision, just north of Glen Oak Elementary School.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center 43035

This 1,200-acre site has two hills in the northwest corner of the 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 Preserve

9627 Fontanelle Road, Ostrander 43061

The sledding hill is roughly in the middle of the park, near the Fox Run Trail. There are restrooms nearby. Blues Creek Preserve is part of the Preservation Parks of Delaware County system.

Sycamore Creek Park

500 Hereford Drive, Pickerington 43147

Two hills are available at this city-owned park.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg 43068

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

Northwest Kiwanis Park

4840 Stonehaven Drive, Upper Arlington 43220

The sledding hill is part of this city-owned park.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville 43081

Take the right fork inside the main entrance to get to this small hill that's ideal for younger children. There are restrooms not far away near the skating pond.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville 43081

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

Whitehall Community Park

402 N. Hamilton Road, Whitehall 43213

Sledding is popular with residents at this city-owned park.

Olentangy River Parklands

600 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington 43085

This city-owned park has two hills for sledding.