Fall season is here and ripe for fun family activities! From pumpkin picking and apple orchards, to Fall Festivals and…
Despite our deepest desires to burrow in and hibernate for the winter, our kids seem to be numb to the cold and excited to get out and enjoy the winter wonderland that Michigan brings every year. So bundle up and wax those sleds, because it’s time to go riding! No matter where you’re located throughout Metro Detroit, we have a full list that range from kiddy hills to ‘Dead Man’ hills. Take your pick and have fun!
This list is organized alphabetically by city.
Beverly Hills Village Park (Beverly Hills)
18801 Beverly Road, Beverly Hills, 48025
Come out and enjoy 34 acres of winter fun, including a sled hill, skating rink and trails for hiking or cross country skiing. And on the fourth Sunday in January, you can enjoy all of these activities and more, with warm drinks, snacks and fun by the fire.
Booth Park Sled Hill (Birmingham)
Booth Park is located at the southwest intersection of Old Woodward and Harmon, north of the Rouge River branch. Its features include an expansive playscape, a labyrinth and tunnel, turf hill/amphitheater, during the winter months an area for sledding, rain garden, stabilized stream banks, native plantings, a trail connecting to the Rouge River Trail, and open green space. While the hill may not be huge, it’s perfect size for your little riders. And with a playground at the foot of the hill, it’s guaranteed fun!
Lincoln Hills Golf Course (Birmingham)
2666 W 14 Mile Road, Birmingham, MI 48009
Lincoln Hills Golf Course offers sledding and cross country skiing from 10 AM – 5 PM, weather permitting. Call the clubhouse at 248.530.1670 for daily updates.
Snowy Ridge Sledding Hill (Commerce)
753 Welch Rd #601, Commerce Charter Twp, MI 48390
Snowy Ridge Sledding Hill was made specifically for snow sledding so the ground is smooth and it is massive!
Detroit Riverfront (Detroit)
Milliken State Park: 1900 Atwater Street, Detroit, 48207
Robert C. Valade Park: 2670 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207
At the foot of the Outdoor Adventure Center, overlooking the Ren Cen, is a great big hill ripe for all ages to enjoy the outdoor fun of sledding at Milliken State Park! For bunny hills head to the new Robert Valade Park a farther down the Riverfront. There’s easy parking for both!
Balduck Park (Detroit)
5271 Canyon Street, Detroit, 48236
Right at the border of Detroit and Grosse Pointe lies a nice sized hill ready for some winter action.
Shiawassee Park (Farmington)
Shiawassee & Powers Roads, Farmington, MI 48336
Amongst the most popular hills in the Oakland County area, this hill offers a safe environment with hay bales, walking paths and fences, along a wide and long hill to sled.
Heritage Park Sled Hill (Farmington)
24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, 48336
Prominently located within the 211-acre park is a great sledding hill in the heart of Farmington Hills. This park offers trails for cross-country skiing, a Visitor Center for warming and an in-line hockey rink.
Vernier Hill (Grosse Pointe)
Vernier Hill has been a winter sports destination for the Pointes since the 1960s.
Ambassador Alley Sledding Hill (Howell)
1005 Triangle Lake Road, Howell, MI 48843
Families will love the Howell Nature Center’s newest addition – the Ambassador Alley Sledding Hill. Located at the beginning of our Wildlife Ambassador Trail, the new sledding hill will make for an exciting winter wonderland experience.
Greenmead Historical Park (Livonia)
When you need a sledding hill, Greenmead offers a 360 hill top located at the entrance of the nature trail or visitors can use the parking lot south of the park’s Newburg entrance. The hill is the perfect size – big enough for fun rides but not too big for tired legs.
Civic Center Park (Madison Heights)
360 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights, 48071
Easy parking, picnic pavilions and a large sled hill, this is one of the area’s top hills to hit come the winter days.
Metroparks: Annual fee $35 or Daily vehicle entrance fee $10
- Stony Creek Metropark (Shelby Township)
4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township, 48316
Experience a winter wonderland while sledding at Stony Creek Metropark. Dash down sledding hills located at the Gladeview and West Branch Picnic Areas.
- Kensington Metropark (Milford)
4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, 48380
Take advantage of a snowy day by racing down the hills at Kensington Metropark’s winter sports area. Coast down a variety of hills, from beginner to advanced. A short “bunny hill” designated for younger sledders features padded trees for added safety. The toboggan runs, sledding, and beginner snowboarding hills are located at the Orchard picnic area.
- Lake Erie Metropark (Brownstown)
32481 W Jefferson, Brownstown, 48173
Celebrate a “snow day” off school or winter weather by sledding at Lake Erie Metroparks. Bundle up, bring extra mittens and a few friends, and dash down a large hill near the wave pool complex for hours of outdoor fun.
- Lake St. Clair Metropark (Harrison Township)
31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township, 48045
An outdoor family sledding hill is located in the West Playfield at Lake St. Clair Metropark. The sledding hill, a comfort station, a warming room and picnic tables for resting are conveniently located close to the parking area.
- Willow Metropark (New Boston)
23200 S Huron Road, New Boston, 48164
Dash down sledding hills located near Washago Pond and the Chestnut Picnic Area. The hills at Washago Pond are lit at night extending the opportunities for winter fun.
- Indian Springs Metropark (White Lake)
5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, 48386
Bring your sleds or saucers to slide down the sledding hill in the Meadowlark Picnic Area at Indian Springs Metropark. It’s a great hill for younger kids.
Cass Benton Park (Northville)
Cass Benton, one of the oldest and more hilly areas of Hines Park, and during the winter months, Cass Benton hill is very popular spot for sledding.
Shepherd Park/Hamilton Hill (Oak Park)
24198 block of Church Street
A little on the smaller side, but still a mighty hill for locals!
Lost Lake Nature Park (Oakland)
846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Charter Township, 48363
This park is located at 846 Lost Lake Trail, south of Predmore Road, between Kline and Rochester Roads. Parking is available in the 40+ space lot and asphalt paths are available to walk on. Trail hiking is limited, but if you’re up for a challenge, walk up the sledding hill to one of Oakland Township’s highest points. Warming shelter also available. Sled Hill Open Daily form 10am – 5pm. Friday & Saturdays open until 9pm.
Jesse Decker Park Sled Hill (Orion)
4080 N Squirrel Road, Orion Charter Township, 48359
With 24.65 acres of land, Jesse Decker Park is the newest Orion Township community park constructed in 2009. It is located in the southeast corner of the Township on Squirrel Road south of Silverbell Road and offers a steep (which equals fast) sledding hill!
Bloomer Park Sled Hill (Rochester)
345 John R Road, Rochester, MI 48307
This fan favorite in Rochester offers three different sledding hills with pathways to walk up in between, convenient for all ages and levels. Both sledding and tobogganing are available at this hill. Heated restrooms are also on-site.
Borden Park (Rochester Hills)
1400 E Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, 48307
It’s not a clearly designed as a sledding hill as the other options, but hey, on a snowy winter day, it does the trick!
Waterford Oaks (Waterford)
1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Township, 48328
In the summer, it is one of your favorite waterparks, but in the winter, it hosts a family friendly sledding hill open daily for your enjoyment.
Marshbank Park (West Bloomfield)
2805 Hiller Road, West Bloomfield Township, 48324
This park recently went through a renovation that included a new hill specifically contoured for winter sledding and fire pits perfect for smores!
Hines Drive Sledding Hill (Westland)
28558 Edward N Hines Drive, Westland, 48185
They don’t call this “Dead Man’s Hill” for any other reason than…it’s some top notch sledding!
Rolling Hills Park (Ypsilanti)
7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti, 48197
Rolling Hills Park is open year-round and offers various activities to enjoy during the winter months. In winter, the park features a sledding hill, a half mile of cleared walking trail, three miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. (weather permitting). Winter equipment is available for rent. Please remember this is a sledding hill, no snowboards or downhill skis allowed.
Rentals Available: Tubes / XC Ski Equipment: $3
About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..