Sledding! What a blast. Picking your path, dropping in, flying down the hill and feeling the thrill of an out of control slide and subsequent smooth stop… Then, the tiring journey back to the top to do it all again.
Here in the Huron Valley, we are lucky to have a bit of varied topography carved out by ancient glaciers. Benefits include remarkable scenery and wonderful sledding hills! We’ve put together a list of the Ann Arbor Area’s most treasured sledding hills for you to explore and enjoy with each fresh snowfall!
The BIG Hills
- Huron Hills Golf Course (3465 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48104)- This is a favorite spot for thrill-seekers. It’s steep in areas, it’s long, and you can find a jump or two if you’re feeling wild. During the warmer months, this municipal golf course is operated by the City of Ann Arbor. Parking is located across Huron Parkway, accessible via the crosswalk at the light.
- Rolling Hills County Park (7660 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 – go to The Lodge) – This is the only professionally organized sledding operation in the area, offering tube rentals for $3 an hour as well as a hilltop lodge with bathrooms and a warming area complete with a gas fireplace. The sledding hill is 275 feet long and 70 feet wide at the top. Soft plastic fencing around the perimeter will help to corral your runaway sled.
The Medium Hills
- Veterans Memorial Park (2150 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103)- Perhaps the most popular of the Ann Arbor Area’s sledding hills, this hill offers both steep and shallow sledding runs.
- Leslie Park (2900 Leslie Park Cir, Ann Arbor, MI 48105)- Overlooking the Leslie Park Golf Course, east of the southern baseball diamond, this hill offers fantastic views and a relatively tame ride.
- Leslie Science and Nature Center (1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105)- On the west side of the Leslie Science and Nature Center, you will find a moderately elevated hill which youngsters will love.
- Burns Park aka Magic Mountain (1300 Baldwin Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104)- Next to the tennis courts, you’ll find “Magic Mountain.” It’s steep enough to have fun and short enough that you can go up and down all day long.
- Frog Island and Riverside Park (2 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198) – Between these two side-by-side parks, you will find plenty of spots to catch a quick thrill.
- Hunt Park (1035 Daniel St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103) – Offering a fairly wide crest, this hill offers plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the ride.
The Bunny Hills – Perfect for the wee little ones taking their very first rides.
- Mill Pond Park (565 W Bennett St, Saline, MI 48176)
- Buhr Park (2751 Packard Road Ann Arbor, MI 48104)
- Mushroom Park (1800 Waltham Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103)