Twin Cities Guide to the Best Sledding Hills

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Sledding is my favorite winter outdoor activity and Twin Cities-area sledding hills can’t 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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    MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL – BEST SLEDDING HILLS

    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. The three recommended hills are:

    • The former tubing hill near the chalet at Wirth Park is now a free sledding hill.
    • Sunset Hill in Valley View Park (which is in both Golden Valley & Minneapolis, but the hill is technically in Minneapolis).
    • Columbia Golf Course in Northeast Minneapolis is one of the steepest hills in the neighborhood.

    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.

    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.

    ARLINGTON ARKWRIGHT PARKHIGHLAND PARK (near water tower)
    BAKER PARKMARGARET PARK
    BATTLE CREEK REGIONAL PARK*MCDONOUGH REC CENTER
    COMO SKI CENTERMCMURRAY ATHLETIC FIELDS
    FROGTOWN FARM PARKMERRIAM PARK REC CENTER
    FROST LAKE PARKORCHARD PARK
    GRIGGS PARKPROSPERITY PARK
    HIGHLAND PARK (comm center) 

    *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

    Anoka Parks 

    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.)

    Brooklyn Park Parks

    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.

    Columbia Heights

    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.

    Crystal Parks

    NORTH LIONS PARK and VALLEY PLACE PARK: Noted to have sledding hills by the City of Crystal. Both parks have warming houses open during ice rink hours and Valley Place Park sledding hill is lit until 10pm, making it a safer nighttime option for older kids. FOREST SCHOOL PARK is another popular sledding spot. It is owned and maintained by the school district and has a warming house with restrooms on location.

    Golden Valley Parks

    WESLEY PARK and SCHEID PARK: These parks are listed by Golden Valley as the best places to sled in the city. They both also have skating rinks with warming houses.

    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 Parks 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.

    EXPLORE MORE: 10 BEST PARKS IN MAPLE GROVE, MINNESOTA

    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.

    Plymouth Parks

    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.

    Maplewood Parks

    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).

    Shoreview Parks

    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

    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 (probably because there is an archery range at this park), but many people use the hill for sledding.

    Burnsville Parks

    NEILL PARK: 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.

    EXPLORE MORE: 10 BEST PARKS IN BURNSVILLE, MINNESOTA

    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. 
    IDEAL PARK
    OAKWOOD PARK
    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.

    Eagan Parks

    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.

    EXPLORE MORE: 10 BEST PARKS IN EAGAN, MINNESOTA

    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!

    Woodbury Parks

    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

    EXPLORE MORE: 10 BEST PARKS IN INVER GROVE HEIGHTS & SOUTH ST PAUL, MINNESOTA

    Twin Cities Sledding Hills

    TWIN CITIES SOUTHWEST METRO – BEST SLEDDING HILLS

    Bloomington Parks

    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.

    EXPLORE MORE: 10 BEST PARKS IN BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA

    Eden Prairie Parks

    STARING LAKE PARK: 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 4-8pm on weekdays, 1-8pm on Saturdays and 1-5pm on Sundays. There is also an outdoor skating rink to round out your winter outing.

    Edina Parks

    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.

    Minnetonka Parks

    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.

    St. Louis Park Parks

    St. Louis Park officially lists the following parks for sledding:

    AINSWORTH PARKKEYSTONE PARK
    AQUILA PARKLOUISIANA OAKS PARK
    BROWNDALE PARKMINIKAHDA VISTA PARK
    CEDAR/MANOR LAKE PARKOAK HILL PARK
    DAKOTA PARKWOLFE PARK

    Victoria

    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.

    Twin Cities Sledding Hills


    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.

    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.

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      1. Thank you, Mary! Every time we drive past there on our way to buy groceries, I tell my family we should try sledding there, but I didn’t know the name of the park to share. It is so perfect in that it is pretty steep and long, but points away from traffic.

    10. 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.

      1. What a lovely idea, Tiffany! It wouldn’t even have to be as elaborate as an ice house, it could be a mini van with a thermos. What fun.

      1. Oh, you are correct, Chris. I just looked at a plot map and that portion of the park juts into Minneapolis. I think we will leave the hill listed under both cities, though. For practical purposes, families looking for Golden Valley sledding hills will want to know about Sunset Hill.

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