Sledding is my favorite winter outdoor activity and Twin Cities-area sledding hills are the best. They are free and abundant, and they come in all shapes and sizes. This is a growing list of recommended local sledding hills around the metro. If you know of a hill not on this list, let us know and we’ll add it:
For more outdoor winter fun in the Twin Cities check out our round up of free outdoor ice skating rinks our Winter Survival Guide and our Winter Family Festival Calendar – all filled with ways to enjoy the cold season.
MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL – BEST SLEDDING HILLS
The Minneapolis Park System recommends three hills for sledding. However these are steeper grade hills most appropriate for older kids and adults. Residents know that any park with a slope is fair game as long as sledders are safe and courteous toward other park users.
The three recommended hills, worth a special trip out of your own neighborhood, are:
- The former tubing hill near the chalet at THEODORE WIRTH REGIONAL PARK is now a free sledding hill.
Address: 1325 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55422
- Sunset Hill in VALLEY VIEW PARK (which is in both Golden Valley & Minneapolis, but the hill is technically in Minneapolis).
Address: 3401 Manor Drive, Golden Valley, MN 55422
- COLUMBIA GOLF COURSE in Northeast Minneapolis is one of the steepest hills in the neighborhood.
Address: Columbia Park, 3300 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Also, note that we feature a photo of a popular sledding hill between JACKSON SQUARE PARK (2212 Jackson St. NE., Minneapolis, MN 55418) and Edison High School. I am not sure who owns the property. While it is not an official sledding hill, the terrain slopes inward away from all roads.
GOLD MEDAL PARK is a privately funded park next to The Guthrie Theater. The park’s website suggests sledding in their “do” list.
Address: Second Street and Eleventh Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Saint Paul Parks
The St. Paul Parks Department recommends the following 15 parks for the best sledding hills. They also have a handy list of sledding safety tips on their site.
*Battle Creek’s Sledding Hill is lighted until 9pm for late afternoon and evening sledding. Find more details about this hill on Ramsey County’s website.
Town and County Club (pictured below) in St Paul allows some of the best free sledding in the city plus a pretty view of the Minneapolis skyline. As the slopes make up parts of the club’s golf course, the terrain varies. You can find bunny hills for tots as well as steep thrills for teens.
TWIN CITIES NORTHWEST METRO – BEST SLEDDING HILLS
Andover has three parks with sledding hills. PRAIRIE KNOLL PARK is lit and has a rink and warming house. ANDOVER STATION is lit.
- ANDOVER STATION NORTH, 1823 139th Lane NW, Andover, MN 55304
- PINE HILLS NORTH, 3535 161st Avenue NW, Andover, MN 55304
- PRAIRIE KNOLL PARK, 14800 Prairie Road, Andover, MN 55304
GEORGE ENLOE PARK: Offers a lit sledding hill, offering a safer evening sledding option. Double your fun with an outdoor ice skating rink (and a warming house when you need to thaw out your toes.)
LIONS PARK, 5501 Russell Ave N, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Look for Family Sledding Saturdays 2pm-3:30pm on Second Saturdays in 2022.
BASS CREEK PARK, BROOKDALE PARK, CENTRAL PARK, HARTKOPF PARK, JEWELL PARK, NORWOOD PARK, and WILLOWSTONE PARK: These parks are noted as sledding hills by the City of Brooklyn Park in its Winter Activities Guide. Several of these parks also offer outdoor skating rinks.
Reader Jesse suggests Boone Hill at Bass Creek Park for some great local sledding. This park offers a wide, medium slope sledding hill with enough room for multiple sledders. Kids of all ages should be able to find a slope that suits them.
KEYES PARK. Thank you for our reader, Mary, for telling us the name of this park. The slope of this park points inward from the street, making a safe choice for sledding. There is a small parking lot near the playground.
Fun Reader Tip: Tiffany says:
“The most Minnesota thing I’ve seen this winter was at Keyes Park. A family brought their fish house on its trailer to the park. They had it at the top of the hill and it looked like they were making drinks and snacks for their family to enjoy while sledding.
This hill is also well known in the neighborhood for viewing astronomical events and the daily sunset.”
MCKENNA PARK. Also has a city-maintained ice rink.
RIVERVIEW PARK. The city maintains pleasure skating and hockey rinks and opens a warming house.
Noted to have sledding hills by the City of Crystal. Both parks have warming houses open during ice rink hours and both are lit until 10pm, making it a safer nighttime option for older kids.
FOREST SCHOOL PARK, 7001 48th Ave N Crystal, MN 55428
Another popular sledding spot. It is owned and maintained by the school district and has a warming house with restrooms on location.
The only city-endorsed sledding hill in Fridley is at COMMONS PARK.
Golden Valley Parks
VALLEY VIEW PARK: Home of the popular Sunset Hill, is operated by Minneapolis Parks but lies within Golden Valley city limits (northeast corner, to be exact). Try visiting at dusk to discover how the hill got its name. Thanks to Chris who pointed out that, while parts of this park are in Golden Valley, the hill is actually in Minneapolis.
Maple Grove Parks
ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE: Hit this park up for the best sledding to be found in Maple Grove. Operated by the excellent Three Rivers Park District, Elm Creek features a free sledding hill and/or, for an extra thrill, a tubing area with lanes of varying steepness. Tubes rent for $15/2 hrs, Wed-Sun. Elm Creek aims to fit most of your winter recreational needs – you can also ski, snowboard, snowshoe or kicksled in the park. Sledding is closed in 2022, but tubing, skiing & snowbording are still available.
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Maple Plain Parks
BAKER PARK RESERVE: This is one of the Three Rivers Parks locations that rents sleds for just a dollar (plus tax).
New Hope Parks
The City of New Hope recommends Civic Center Park, Fred Sims Park, and Hidden Valley Park for sledding. The hill at Civic Center Park is lighted.
FRENCH REGIONAL PARK: Another gem of a park operated by Three Rivers. A lighted and groomed sledding hill for is located near the visitor center. If you don’t care to lug your own sleds, rent one from the visitor center for just a buck plus tax.
TWIN CITIES NORTHEAST METRO – BEST SLEDDING HILLS
Lake Elmo Parks
TABLYN HILL is recommended by SE Metro Macaroni Kid, where they also offer suggestions for tubing and snow shoeing in the area.
AFTON HEIGHTS PARK: Offers a steep slope that ends within the east section of BATTLE CREEK REGIONAL PARK (not to be confused with the west section of Battle Creek Park, located within the city of St Paul – that would be one crazy sledding hill!). HAZELWOOD PARK: Families recommend this park for its good-sized hill that slopes into the park (away from roads).
VADNAIS-SNAIL LAKES REGIONAL PARK: Ramsey County Parks maintains a designated sledding hill in this park. It is located adjacent to the Snail Lake parking lot, handy for those toting sleds. Heads up! This is one of the more daring hills on our list.
Vadnais Heights Parks
KOHLER MEADOWS PARK: The city does not officially endorse any specific sledding hills, but the slope at this park is popular with local sledders.
White Bear Lake Parks
TAMARACK NATURE CENTER: Fans of the amazing Discovery Hollow nature play area may be surprised to learn that when the snow falls, a slope in the park turns into a designated winter sledding hill. Warm up with exhibits in the nearby nature center.
BALD EAGLE-OTTER LAKES REGIONAL PARK: The nature center, nature playground and sledding hill are all elements within this park.
MANITOU RIDGE GOLF COURSE: Is lofty at one of the highest points in Ramsey County, and is also open for sledding in the winter months.
TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO – BEST SLEDDING HILLS
APPLE VALLEY EAST PARK: Recommended by the City in their 2040 Parks & Rec Comprehensive Plan. Apple Valley also maintains an outdoor skating rink at this location.
SCOTT PARK: This is not officially endorsed by the city , but many people use the hill for sledding.
NEILL PARK: 13501 Upton Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
The city of Burnsville endorses this park for winter sledding. There are two slopes to choose from, including a gentler slope great for smaller kids. A street lamp at the top of the hill makes this park a safer option for evening sledding. Bring along your skates for the outdoor skating rink and hit the warming house when it’s time to thaw out.
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Cottage Grove Parks
The following parks are recommended by the city for their sledding hills:
CEDARHURST MEADOWS PARK
HEARTHSIDE PARK: This park has a building with indoor restrooms.
HIGHLANDS PARK: This park has a park building with indoor restrooms.
PETER THOMPSON PARK: This park has a park building with indoor restrooms.
PINETREE POND PARK
WOODRIDGE PARK: This park has a park building with indoor restrooms.
TRAPP FARM PARK: The tubing hill is located on Wilderness Run Road. It offers approximately 75 winter tubing tubes for rent. Personal tubes and sleds are not allowed on this hill. This site does not offer tow ropes, so tubers will need to be able to climb the hill on their own.
LEBANON HILLS REGIONAL PARK:
860 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55123
Dakota County Parks recommends the small hill near the visitor center for sledding with smaller kids.
NEW IN 2022: SLEDDING AT THE OMNI
Omni Viking Lakes Hotel, 2611 Nordic Way, Eagan, Minnesota, 55121
A man-made sledding hill will be open daily from 10am-5pm, January 3, 2022 to February 27, 2022. There is a nearby warming house and you can check out a sled at the front desk. Registration and waiver required prior to your first visit.
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WHITETAIL WOODS REGIONAL PARK:
17100 Station Trail, Farmington, MN 55024
Dakota County Parks provides heated restrooms at the large sledding hill near the Empire Lake Picnic Shelter. Families can bring make use of the outdoor hearth ring, but need to provide their own DNR-approved firewood.
Inver Grove Heights Parks
SOUTH VALLEY PARK: There’s a long, gentle slope close to the parking lot of this location. You can’t miss it!
EAGLE VALLEY GOLF COURSE: The golf course’s 225 acres are used for sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter!
VALLEY CREEK PARK: One of the top 10 requested features for this new park was a sledding hill. Woodbury plans to complete park construction by December 2021. Watch for a sledding hill for the winter of 2021/2022.
Insider Tip: SE Metro Macaroni Kid suggests these four Woodbury Sledding Hills:
- Middleton Elementary
- Red Rock Elementary
- Woodbury Elementary
- PIONEER PARK
TWIN CITIES SOUTHWEST METRO – BEST SLEDDING HILLS
HYLAND LAKE PARK RESERVE: This is a winter recreational haven – bring your own sleds or rent one for a buck at the Richardson Nature Center (also a fun place to warm up). The sledding hill is close to the nature center parking lot.
HYLAND HILLS SKI AREA: For bigger downhill thrills, visit this area within Hyland Lake Park Reserve.
RUNNING PARK: Has a hilly terrain that is good for sledding. Bring along your skates for the outdoor ice rink. A warming house is open and staffed daily during the winter season.
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Eden Prairie Parks
STARING LAKE PARK, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
This park earns the highest marks in this corner of the Twin Cities metro for its 700-foot mega sledding hill. A new park building has opened where visitors can warm up and/or change into their snow gear while enjoying a lake view. The warming house is open Noon-8pm on weekdays, Noon-10pm on Saturdays and Noon-5pm on Sundays. There is also an outdoor skating rink to round out your winter outing.
More Family Fun: Snowtime Saturdays. Sign up to sample a variety of winter activities including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, kick sleds and snow sculptures. January 8-February 26, 2022. $11/family.
BRAEMAR PARK: Boasts hills with a variety slopes, making it a good pick for any level. Another spot popular with locals is the public park grounds around Lake Cornelia one block west of Southdale Center.
The City of Minnetonka does not officially endorse any sledding hills, but locals recommend visiting Glen Lake School, Lone Lake Park, and Gro Tanka Park for a good slide.
In Richfield’s 2018 Park Inventory, they list 4 sledding hill parks:
- ADAMS HILL PARK, 7200 Washburn Avenue, Richfield MN 55423.
The slope terrain surrounds the park and points inward away from the street.
- AUGSBURG PARK, 7154 Wentworth Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423.
A popular winter park, their are also cross-country ski trails and a skate facility.
- MONROE PARK, 6170 Irving Avenue, Richfield, MN 55423
The sledding hill is in the center of the park.
- ROOSEVELT PARK, 7644 Fourth Avenue, Richfield, MN 55423.
St. Louis Park Parks
St. Louis Park officially lists the following parks for sledding:
|AINSWORTH PARK||KEYSTONE PARK|
|AQUILA PARK||LOUISIANA OAKS PARK|
|BROWNDALE PARK||MINIKAHDA VISTA PARK|
|CEDAR/MANOR LAKE PARK||OAK HILL PARK|
|DAKOTA PARK||WOLFE PARK|
CARVER PARK RESERVE: One of the five parks recommended for sledding within the Three Rivers Parks District is this sprawling park. Just outside the Lowry Nature Center rests a groomed sledding hill. No sled, no problem; rent sleds for just a buck (plus tax) inside the nature center.
Sledding in Minnesota State Parks
If you want to take a Minnesota road trip that includes sledding, the State Parks also offer sledding hills at these locations.
Snow Tube Hills
Also, check out Gianna’s list of tubing hills here. This covers hills, like the popular Buck Hill, where families can snow tube for one inclusive rate – snow tubes provided.
Free outdoor ice skating rinks in the Twin Cities
Strap on your skates and head out to these free ice rinks across the Twin Cities!