It’s snow time! Get the kids (or your friends) out of the house for some sledding this winter. These central Ohio parks have sledding hills of varying degrees – gentle and long, to fast and steep. Sledding counts as exercise (assuming you walk back up the hill), so you can stick to your resolutions and have fun. Sled at your own risk, watch out for obstacles, obey any posted signs for (or against) sledding or parking, and stay warm!
Want to go ice skating? Check out these indoor and outdoor skating rinks in Columbus.
Where is your favorite place to sled?
North Columbus Sledding hills
Antrim Park 5800 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43235
Good for smaller kids, shorter hill
Ballantrae Park (with the Dancing Rabbits Sculpture) 6350 Woerner Temple Rd, Dublin, Ohio
Blues Creek Park (Ostrander) 9627 Fontanelle Road, Ostrander, OH 43061. Sledding hill is at the center of the park, with parking and restrooms located right there.
Delaware State Park, 5202 US Route 23 North, Delaware, OH 43015. Sledding hills and ice rink available.
Gallant Woods Preserve (Delaware): 2151 Buttermilk Hill Rd. Parking right in front of hill; restrooms are down the road near the shelter.
Glen Oak Park in Orange Township , 7126 Blue Holly Drive, Lewis Center. Located at the south end of the parking lot.
Also offer a ice skating pond drained to less than 24″ deep in the winter. The ice thickness is measured on a regular basis for safety. Signs posted when open.
Highbanks – 9466 US Rt 23 N, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Two hills (one gentle, one steep) at the far end of the driving loop at the Big Meadows parking lot. Parking is very limited, and legal parking is strictly enforced.
Huntley Bowl Park – 6199 Huntley Rd. Worthington, OH 43085
Kenney Park (formerly Delawanda Park) 5201 Delawanda Ave. Columbus, OH 43214
Behind Graceland Shopping Center/LA Fitness. Access to the park is from the parking area west of the new Kroger Market Place.
Olentangy River Parkland – 600 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington
Beginner and moderate hills. Hay bales block obstacles.
Scioto Park (Leatherlips Park)- 7377 Riverside Dr., Dublin, OH
Some caution that this gets very crowded and the bales of hay around trees and at the bottom are dangerous. Gentle and steep hills, plus walkway for getting to the top of the hill. Parking and restrooms available.
Sharon Woods – 6911 Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, OH 43081
Long run for sledders and snowboarders; not steep. Small bunny hill for little kids. Restrooms and good parking available.
*Note: sledding is no longer permitted at the Hoover Reservoir.
Central Columbus Sledding Hills
Clinton-Como Park – West end of Weber Road
Long, but gentle. Great for kids. Limited parking
Goodale Park – 120 W. Goodale St. Columbus, OH 43215
Short steep hills on the Buttles Ave. side of the park. Limited parking lot, but meters are available around the park.
Glenwood Park – 1925 W. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43223
Schiller Park – 1069 Jaeger Street in German Village
Scioto Audubon – 400 West Whittier Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Sledding hill located near the obstacle course and bocce court.
Whetstone Park of Roses – 3923 N. High Street
Two sledding hills, near parking and restrooms, plus other hilly spots that can be used. The Whetstone Library and Whetstone Recreation Center are open and available for warming up during most daylight hours as well.
Wyman Woods Park – 1520 Goodale Blvd in Grandview Heights
Sledding hill is moderate in height and speed. Parking is somewhat limited, and restrooms are available.
West Columbus Sledding Hills
Griggs Reservoir – 2933 Riverside Dr. Columbus, OH 43221
Big Run Park – 4201 Clime Road
A two-in-one sledding hill, the left side has bumps, the right side is smooth. Limited parking, restroom access may not be available.
Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park – 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive, Hilliard
Good sledding, limited parking
East Columbus Sledding Hills
Blendon Woods – 4265 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43017
Skating Pond: Winter outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this one-foot deep pond.
Kiddie’s sledding hill: A low hill provides just the right height and speed for young kids.
There’s a small hill near the entrance that’s a great family sledding spot for those with smaller children. Take a right at the Y from the entrance to reach it. Parking and restrooms available.
Blacklick Woods – 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Moderate hill on the golf course with close parking and restrooms.
Sycamore Creek Park – 500 Hereford Drive
This Pickerington Park offers sledding, parking is limited and restrooms may not be available.
South Columbus Sledding Hills
Battelle Darby Creek
Sledding Hill: 8465 Alkire Road, Galloway OH 43119
Ice Skating Pond: 3711 Gardner Road, Georgesville OH 43123
Steep hill with lots of parking and restrooms. Often a fire can for quick warm-ups. Not a good hill for littles.
Fryer Park – 3899 Orders Road, Grove City
Designated sledding hill, parking, and restrooms.
Other Sledding Hills
Non-park areas that were recommended – use at your own risk and make sure these don’t have signs posted or aren’t private property. I have not verified these locations.
South Old State Street and Orange Rd. (behind firehouse)
Miller’s Hill, Bexley (no address; you just have to know where this is)