With several inches of snow on the ground and more coming this weekend, you may be on the lookout for a great place to go sledding. Here are some of the best in the Indy area.
Paul Ruster Park
11300 E. Prospect St., Indianapolis
Located just off the parking lot, the hill at Paul Ruster Park is long and not too steep—perfect for sledding. There’s plenty of room and no dangerous trees—perhaps the best sledding location in the metro area.
Ft. Harrison State Park
6000 N. Post Road, Indianapolis
Since this is a state park, there is an admission fee, but the sledding hill here is one of the largest in the city so it’s worth it. Cross country skiing is another popular winter sport in the park.
Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes
11800 Koteewi Dr., Noblesville
Part of Hamilton County’s Strawtown Koteewi Park development, Koteewi Run is actually a tubing run, not a sledding hill. There’s a fee (starting at $20). Tubes are supplied, so this is a good option if you don’t have a sled, and there’s a tow line so you don’t have to walk to the top.
Simon Moon Park
2710 E 171st St., Westfield
There are two designated sledding areas on one hill: the east slope and the south slope.
1001 S. Belmont Ave., Indianapolis
The hill is in the southwest corner of the park and is on the list of approved sledding sites from Indy Parks and Recreation.
1500 S. Center St., Plainfield
The sledding hill is situated near the parking lot, so it’s easy to warm up in your car between runs.
5624 South Carroll Road, New Palestine
The tree line at the top of the hill makes things a little crowded, but the sledding is good so it’s worth the extra wait time
850 Stop 18 Road, Greenwood
The biggest perk at Freedom Park in Greenwood is the stairs that get you to the top of the sledding hill.
If you have small children, you need small hills and smaller crowds. Consider these two parks for the little ones:
5301 St. Clair, Indianapolis
Multiple small slopes allow sledding enthusiasts to spread out.
6363 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis
The slopes at Holliday Park are near the Nature Center. Like Ellenberger Park, it has multiple small hills suitable for sledding with small children.