Sledding is my favorite winter outdoor activity and Twin Cities-area sledding hills can’t really be beat. They are free and abundant, and they come in all shapes and sizes. This is a growing list of recommended sledding hills around the metro. If you know of a hill not on this list, let us know and we’ll add it:
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Anoka Parks | George Enloe Park in Anoka is a lit sledding hill, offering a safer evening sledding option.
Bloomington Parks | Running Park has a hilly terrain that is good for sledding. The City of Bloomington doesn’t officially endorse any sledding hills. The only official statement comes from their “Snow Emergency Survival Guide,” which states, “Keep sleds and other toys out of the street and far away from the edge of the road. Snowbanks make it difficult for plow operators to see children in these areas. Children should never play near the edge of the road.”
Bursnville Parks | Neill Park.
Eden Prairie Parks | Staring Lake Park.
Edina Parks | Braemar Park has hills with a variety slopes making it a good pick for any level. In a 2012 article, Edina Magazine also suggested Lake Cornelia, Hyland Lake Park Reserve and Hyland Elementary School. While the city doesn’t officially endorse any particular sledding hill, in a Fall 2016 publication, they suggeted that children should do their sledding in parks as opposed to roadside banks.
Golden Valley Parks | Golden Valley lists two parks with sledding hills, Wesley Park and Scheid Park. They both also have skating rinks with warming houses. (Also see Sunset Hill listed with Minneapolis Parks.).
Minneapolis Parks | The Minneapolis Park Board 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. MPRB asks that sledders “use caution when using these non-designated sledding areas; never sled toward traffic and avoid hills with trees nearby.” The three recommended hills are:
- The former tubing hill near the chalet at Wirth Park
- Sunset Hill in Valley View Park (which is a Minneapolis Park, but located mostly in Golden Valley)
- Columbia Golf Course in Northeast Minneapolis
All of these hills are free, but Columbia has tube rentals available.
Also, note that the featured photo is a popular sledding hill between Jackson Square Park 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.
Minnetonka | The city does not appear to endorse any particular sledding hills. However, Minnetonka City Code does not prohibit sledding at parks except by posted signs and in parking lots and driveways (see Ch. 11, para 13 & 16). Locals recommend Glen Lake School, Lone Lake Park, and Gro Tanka Park.
New Hope | 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.
Ramsey County Parks | Ramsey County has four free designated sledding locations, including:
- Battle Creek Regional Park
- Manitou Ridge Golf Course (south of the parking lot)
- Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park
- Tamarack Nature Center
St. Louis Park | St. Louis Park lists the following parks for sledding.
- Ainsworth Park, 7700 28th Street West
- Aquila Park, 3110 Xylon Ave. S.
- Browndale Park, 4900 Morningside Road
- Cedar Manor/Lake Park, 9350 Cedar Lake Rd.
- Dakota Park, 2643 Dakota Avenue South
- Keystone Park, 3034 Alabama Avenue South
- Louisiana Oaks Park, 3500 Louisiana Avenue South
- Minikahda Vista Park, 3901 Inglewood Avenue South
- Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave. S.
- Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive
St. Paul | The St. Paul Parks Department recommends the following 15 parks for sledding. They also have a handy list of sledding safety tips on their site.
- Highland Park Community Center
- Highland Park (Near Water Tower)
- Merriam Park Recreation Center
- Griggs Park
- Como Ski Center
- McDonough Recreation Center
- Arlington Arkwright Park
- Frost Lake Park
- Prosperity Park
- Battle Creek Regional Park
- Baker Park
- McMurray Athletic Fields
- Orchard Park
- Margaret Park
- Frogtown Farm Park
Vadnais Heights | The city does not officially endorse any specific sledding hills, but the slope at Kohler Meadows Park is popular with local sledders.
Three Rivers Parks | Sledding hills in Three Rivers are unsupervised and children should be accompanied by adults. The following five parks are recommended for sledding:
- Baker Park Reserve
- Carver Park Reserve
- Elm Creek Park Reserve
- French Regional Park
- Hyland Lake Park Reserve
All these parks, except Elm Creek, also rent sleds for $1.00.
State Parks | If you want to take a Minnesota road trip that includes sledding, the State Parks also offer sledding hills at these locations.
Also, check out Gianna’s list of tubing hills here. Did we miss some? Do you have other favorites? Drop us a line. We’ll add more as we discover them.