The Go-to-Guide: Top Sledding Hills in Central Ohio

Tatyana Tandanpolie

Central Ohio’s sledding season is still on despite COVID-19. Grab a sled or tube, and your family can add exploration of the area’s slopes to your social distancing to-do-list.

We’ve compiled this list of some of the region’s best and most popular sledding hills. Some sites, often owned by municipalities and park districts, have official sledding hills. Others, such as Columbus city parks, simply have decent slopes that make them popular snowy-day destinations.

This season calls for more precautions than others, so be smart and be safe. Don’t sled or snowboard near trees, posts or other fixed objects, and make sure your child wears a helmet. Also, avoid gathering in groups, social distance and remember to wear a mask. Call ahead or go online to check each park’s guidelines or any sledding hill closures due to the pandemic.

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COLUMBUS/CENTRAL

Goodale Park

120 W. Goodale St.

Take on the slope in Victorian Village, Columbus’s oldest park. Parking is available inside the park and at surrounding on-street meters.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

400 W. Whittier St.

The sledding hill in this 120-acre park is nestled between the recreation fields and the bocce court.

COLUMBUS/CLINTONVILLE

Clinton-Como Park

301 W. Pacemont Road

Find the hill in the southern half of this newly renovated 21-acre park, near West Weber Road. The slope is long but gentle and ideal for young sledders. On-site parking is limited.

Kenney Park

5201 Delawanda Ave.

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

Park of Roses

3923 N. High St.

Zip down two dedicated sledding hills at this 13-acre site in Whetstone Park. Find it at the west end of Hollenback Road, off North High Street.

COLUMBUS/GERMAN VILLAGE

Schiller Park

1069 Jaeger St.

The second-oldest park in Columbus is a beautiful spot for winter fun.

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COLUMBUS/HILLTOP

Glenwood Park

1888 Fairmont Ave.

Nature lovers can explore this 16.7-acre city park at the southwest corner of West Broad Street and Interstate 70.

COLUMBUS/NORTHWEST

Antrim Park

5800 Olentangy River Road

Even small children can enjoy the sledding hill at this nearly 123-acre venue.

COLUMBUS/SOUTHWEST

Big Run Park

4205 Clime Road

Follow the main road to the end to find the Derby Hill sledding area at the far end of the park. Sledders can choose between the hill’s bumpy side and its smooth side.

DELAWARE

Delaware State Park

5202 U.S. Route 23 N.

Glide down the sledding hill near the south entrance to Mink Run Trail. Conditions permitting, visitors can try cross-country skiing and ice skating as well.

Gallant Woods Park

2151 Buttermilk Hill Road

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

DUBLIN

Ballantrae Park

6350 Woerner Temple Road

While the slope isn’t an official sledding hill, many residents treat it as such. Visitors can view the nearly 25-acre park’s famous Dancing Hares sculpture as well.

Scioto Park

7377 Riverside Drive

Find the sledding hill south of the Leatherlips public art installation. Adjacent heated restrooms are available. Masks and social distancing are required.

GAHANNA

Municipal Golf Course

220 Olde Ridenour Road

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

GALLOWAY

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive

Head to the middle of the park off Alkire Road to find three hills of varying heights near the canoe access area. Pit toilets are available nearby.

GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS

Wyman Woods Park

1520 Goodale Blvd.

The sledding hill at this city park is moderate in length and slope. The site offers limited parking.

GROVE CITY

Fryer Park

3899 Orders Road

Slide down the city-maintained sledding hill at this 110-acre park.

Scioto Grove Metro Park

5172 Jackson Pike

Find the sledding area near backpacking site No. 2, not far from the central Arrowhead picnic area. The picnic area also provides parking and toilets.

GROVEPORT

Walnut Woods Metro Park

6723 Lithopolis Road

This Metro Park offers a gentle hill that’s great for little ones.

HEATH

John C. Geller Park

580 Cynthia St.

The hill at this park has two sides that are separated by a line of trees. Visitors can take their picks and sled to their hearts’ content.

HILLIARD

Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park

3800 Veterans Memorial Drive

Enjoy the man-made sledding hill in the city’s largest park, between the ballfields and the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center.

LANCASTER

Rising Park

1120 N. High St.

Sledders can ride the city-maintained hill located by the playground and parking lot.

LEWIS CENTER

Glen Oak Park

7126 Blue Holly Drive

The large sledding hill in this Orange Township Park sits at the southern end of the parking lot. The venue is a part of the Glen Oak subdivision, north of Glen Oak Elementary School.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. Route 23 N.

Families can enjoy the two sledding hills 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 children, and pit toilets are available nearby.

OSTRANDER

Blues Creek Park

9627 Fontanelle Road

The sledding hill lies along Fox Run Trail in the middle of this Preservation Parks of Delaware County facility. Restrooms are nearby.

PICKERINGTON

Sycamore Creek Park

481 Hereford Drive

Sledders can choose between two hills at this city-owned park.

REYNOLDSBURG

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave.

Glide down the moderate-sized hill located on the park’s golf course. The course’s restrooms are available to visitors.

UPPER ARLINGTON

Northwest Kiwanis Park

4840 Stonehaven Drive

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

WESTERVILLE

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave.

Access the sledding area just north of the main entrance. One of the park’s two hills is a bunny hill for younger children.

WHITEHALL

Whitehall Community Park

402 N. Hamilton Road

Enjoy the sledding hill at this city-owned park. Make sure to wear a mask, maintain a 6-foot distance from others and don’t forget to bring hand sanitizer.

WORTHINGTON

Huntley Bowl Park

6199 Huntley Road

This city park offers one side of its bowl for sledding.

Olentangy River Parklands

600 W. Wilson Bridge Road

Guide your sled down this city park’s two hills.

Notable Spots Where Sledding Is Prohibited

Griggs Reservoir

Hoover Reservoir

The Ohio State University Golf Club

Justin Gunning and sons Brook and Quinn of Clintonville sled at Olentangy River Parklands in early December.

 

Ceana Vaughn gets a sled ride from her mother, Jillian, at Alum Creek Park North in February 2020.