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Sledding Hotspots in Delaware County


Lisa Cooper takes her family sledding at her mother's house in Sunbury, Ohio.

Lisa Cooper takes her family sledding at her mother’s house in Sunbury, Ohio.

Another sledding picture from Lisa Cooper

Another sledding picture from Lisa Cooper

Time to test out those hills, Delaware!

Now is the perfect time to make use of some of Delaware’s beautiful hills and get those sleighs out! Here are some of the best places to go on a sleigh ride right here in Delaware county.

Delaware State Park
– This beloved park is located about 28 miles north of Columbus. In the winter time, this 1,686-acre recreational area is the perfect hot spot for winter sports and activities. Sledders will find several of hills that are well-suited for heading down the slopes of the park. However, while you’re enjoying the ride, be on the look out for trees! There’s quite a few of forested areas around.

Gallant Woods Preserve – Located on 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road in Delaware, this preserve is characterized by old growth woods, a restored prairie area and wetlands, meadows, and wetland woods. Here, you’ll come across a playground, reservable picnic shelters, wooded areas and paths perfect for hiking, and the Buttermilk Hill for sledding. Also, The Golden Marathon (which is not a real marathon), a partnership with the Delaware County Senior Center, comes together nearly every Monday at the park for a 1-2 mile walk in Preservation Parks preserves, and in other Central Ohio locations. In January and February of this year, hikes will take place at Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Parkway (meet in the food court), if the predicted high temperature is below 40 degrees. Otherwise, January hikes will take place at Gallant Woods Preserve, and February hikes will take place at Shale Hollow preserve located at 6320 Artesian Run. The contact for this event is Saundra McBrearty at . Future additions to this park include additional trails and picnic shelters, an expanded playground area, and a pond.

Highbanks Metro Park – Highbanks is located at 9466 Columbus Pike in Lewis Center, Ohio. There are two nice sledding hills that can be spotted at the back of the park in the Big Meadows parking lot. The small hill is the perfect size for the younger kids who are a little anxious about the bigger hill. The bigger hill has a great slope and can be a pretty fast ride going down. There are sledding hills at several other Metro parks including Battelle-Darby creek, Blacklick Woods Metro GolfCourse, and Blendon Woods.

Alum Creek State Park – The Reservoir (in the right conditions) is the perfect spot for winter activities such as ice fishing, ice boating, and ice skating. Additionally, there are a number of hills that are great for sledding. There are also two hiking trails for those who are big into hiking. Both trails are ranked as “easy” trails. The Park Office trail is 1.5 miles, while the Hollenback Trail is about double that length. A Multi-Purpose Trail is also available for snowmobiling, dog sledding, and cross country skiing

Enjoy the snow while it lasts! It’s much more useful than just a chance to miss school and work. Sure, the temperature gets a little chilly, but sledding is a great way to spend time with family and the rush of going down steep hills is a feeling that all kids enjoy and only get to experience this time of year.

Tell me Delaware, what is your favorite sledding hot spot or thing to do on a “Snow Day?” Please use the comment section below.

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