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.

Jim Fischer
Friends sled at Antrim Park in Columbus

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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COLUMBUS/CENTRAL

Goodale Park

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.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

400 W. Whittier St.

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

COLUMBUS/CLINTONVILLE

Clinton-Como Park

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.

Kenney Park

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.

Park of Roses

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.

Schiller Park in German Village

COLUMBUS/GERMAN VILLAGE

Schiller Park

1069 Jaeger St.

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

COLUMBUS/HILLTOP

Glenwood Park

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.

COLUMBUS/NORTHWEST

Antrim Park

5800 Olentangy River Road

The small sledding hill at this nearly 123-acre venue is still fun, especially for little sledders.

COLUMBUS/SOUTHWEST

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

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.

Olentangy River Parklands in Worthington

DUBLIN

Ballantrae Park

6350 Woerner Temple Road

The Dancing Hares sculpture that highlights this park sits atop a hill that many kids use for sledding.

Scioto Park

7377 Riverside Drive

Sledders using this massive hill share the slope with the Leatherlips public art installation. Adjacent heated restrooms are available.

GAHANNA

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.

GALLOWAY

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.

GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS

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.

GROVE CITY

Fryer Park

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.

GROVEPORT

Walnut Woods Metro Park

6723 Lithopolis Road

This is another Metro Park with a gently sloping sledding hill—great for little ones.

HEATH

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.

HILLIARD

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.

LANCASTER

Rising Park

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.

LEWIS CENTER

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.

MARYSVILLE

Reservoir Park

18375 Raymond Road

This city of Marysville park features a nice slope that will appeal to kids who want to go again and again.

OSTRANDER

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.

PICKERINGTON

Sycamore Creek Park

481 Hereford Drive

This city of Pickerington park has two hills for sledding.

POWELL

Liberty Park

2845 Home Road

This spacious park has a slope for sledding at the east end.

REYNOLDSBURG

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.

UPPER ARLINGTON

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.

Thompson Park

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.

WESTERVILLE

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

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.

WORTHINGTON

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.