Winter fun

Many central Ohio sledding hills are now open

Enlarge Image Buy This Photo
Three-year-old Gabby Zak and her uncle, Josh Zak, get a little off track while sledding at Whitehall Community Park on Dec. 27, a day after a winter storm blanketed central Ohio with as much as 8 inches of snow in some areas. Gabby and Josh didn't hit any trees, but some unexpected deeper snow kept them from reaching the bottom of the hill on this run.

Now that the storm has passed, many sledding/cross-country skiing areas throughout central Ohio are now open.


State parks

Delaware State Park, 5202 US Route 23 North; Delaware. (740-548-4631)


Metro parks

Metro Parks sledding hills which are open today (Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2013)

Battelle-Darby Creek, 1775 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway: a hill off Alkire Road at Kropp Road. (614-891-0700)

Blendon Woods, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville: a child’s hill to the right of the Y from the entrance. (614-891-0700)

Blacklick Woods Metro Golf Course, 7309 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg: a hill on the golf course. (614-891-0700)

Also cross-country skiing can be enjoyed at Battelle Darby Creek, Blacklick Woods, Blendon Woods, Glacier Ridge, Highbanks, Prairie Oaks, Scioto Audubon, Slate Run and Walnut Woods Metro Parks.


Columbus Recreation & Parks

Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St. in German Village (this hill is sanctioned by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department)

Clinton-Como Park, west end of W. Weber Road

Whetstone Park, 3923 N. High St.

Antrim Park, 5800 Olentangy River Rd., hill for small children


Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Blues Creek Preserve, 9627 Fontanelle Road near Ostrander (740-524-8600)

Gallant Woods Preserve, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road north of the city of Delaware (740-524-8600)



Dublin: Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Drive. Open 7:30 a.m. to dusk.

Gahanna: Gahanna Golf Course, 220 Ridenour Rd.

Grandview Heights: 25-foot hill at Wyman Woods, 1520 Goodale Blvd

Grove City: Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Rd.

Hilliard: Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Dr.

Orange Township (Powell): Glen Oak Park, 7126 Blue Holly Drive, Lewis Center (740-657-8881)

Pickerington: Sycamore Creek Park, 500 Hereford Dr.

Whitehall: Community Park, 402 N. Hamilton Rd.

Worthington: Olentangy River parkland, 600 W. Wilson Bridge Rd.


Licking County

T.J. Evans Park Hills, Mt. Vernon Rd (Rte. 13 North) near Newark

Geller Park, 480 Cynthia St, Heath