Best Sledding Hills in Metro Detroit

When it snows, a-sledding we will go.

Looking for some winter family fun that will take the edge off the frigid cold weather? Try some of the sledding hills in metro Detroit.

There are heaps of hills made for this fun wintertime activity in southeast Michigan — and all of the running uphill before speeding down it will keep the kids active and entertained for hours. It’s right up there with skiing and snowboarding in Michigan for sure fun.

Here, you’ll find a list of the best sledding hills in metro Detroit. Most are free but some require some fees, some offer sled rentals and others don’t.

Take a look and find sledding hills in metro Detroit and beyond that match up with your kid’s skill level, grab a sled or tube and get to sledding this winter.


Chief Gene Shepherd Park

During daylight hours and in the right weather, enjoy the sledding hills at this local park.

Civic Center Park and Historical Village 

This 73.5-acre park features a variety of fun summertime activities; plus a huge sledding hill in the winter months and a historic village to explore.

Lake St. Clair Metropark

This sledding hill at this spot can be found in the West Playfield area and features a comfort station, warming room and picnic tables nearby. Find other wintertime activities like ice skating, ice hockey, ice fishing and cross-country skiing, too.

Stony Creek Metropark

This spot offers cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowboarding an its West Branch and Gladeview sledding hills for tons of wintertime fun. Find hiking trails and special events throughout the year, too.


Beverly Hills Village Park

Nestled inside this 34-acre park is a sledding hill that features a steep and a not-so-steep side for sledding. But beware: a forest sits just 30-feet from the steep side of the hill. Parking is available a short walk from the hill. Watch for the annual Winter Family Fun Day that takes place in winter when the weather permits. Skiing trails also available.

Brandon Township Community Park

The sledding hill here is free to use during park hours. There is an automatic lift in operation on non-holiday Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weather permitting for free. The sledding hill can be rented with an operator for the lift for a fee.

Civic Center Park

This park sits just behind Lamphere High School and the Civic Center and features both a large and a small sled hill for families to enjoy. Parking is available.

Heritage Park 

This 211-acre park offers a nature center, the historic Longacre House and a sledding hill that your kids will enjoy. Open 365 days a year.

Kensington Metropark

Pint-sized sled enthusiasts can test their skills on the bunny hill while older kids and adults fly down some of the larger hills that challenge a variety of skill levels. Also offers toboggan runs, beginner snowboarding hills and cross-country skiing routes, too.

McHattie Park 

A small hill that’s great for young sledders. The park has an accompanying ice skating rink.

Shiawassee Park

The sledding hill at this park offers a 300- to 400-foot run for sledders of all ages. Parking available at the top of the hill. Typically set up to make the ascent back up the hill easier. Expect crowds.

Snowy Ridge Park 

The park touts a large slope that runs pretty fast. It is on Welch Road between 14 Mile Road and Maple Road.

Waterford Oaks

Find a big ol’ sledding hill off of Rabbit Run Lane.


Huron Hills Golf Course

In the winter months this municipal golf course transforms into a winter wonderland of long slopes, huge hills and steep descents. Hit the sand trap just right and you can even catch some air.

Mill Pond Park

One of the area’s better sledding hills is located at the northeast corner of this park. Also offer ski trails.

Rolling Hills Park

As its name suggests, this 363-acre Washtenaw County spot offers plenty of “rolling hills” to sled down or ski across. There’s even a lodge, complete with a fireplace, for guests to warm up at in the winter months.


Balduck Park

In addition to hiking paths, a life-sized chessboard and a dog park, this Detroit green space has a huge hill that’s perfect for sledding in the winter.

Cass Benton Park

This area of Hines Park is the more hilly portion of the park and has been popular with sledding enthusiasts since it was gifted to the park in the 1920s. Also offers the massive Cass Benton Hill and picnic areas, too.

Greenmead Historical Park 

A small, but fun hill that’s great for first timers. It’s in the back of the parking lot of the historical park and north of the soccer fields.

Lake Erie Metropark

Winter fun at this spot includes 4.25 miles of cross-country ski trails, a massive sled hill near the wave pool complex and ice fishing out on Lake Erie, weather permitting.

Middlebelt Hill

Sledding down this hill is one of the top things to do in Wayne County. Offers a nearby pavilion, if you need a break, and stairs to assist kids going back up the hill.

Plymouth Township Park

Grab your sled and try out the hill in Plymouth Park. A very steep and fast hill. The parking lot is at the top of the hill.

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