The best places to go sledding in Dayton


The best places to go sledding in Dayton

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Iris Pierson, 10, slides down the hill at Reid Park face-first on her sled Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. BILL LACKEY / STAFF

When the snow piles up, it's never hard to find a decent sledding hill. But for the serious sledding enthusiast, here are some awesome hills you can't miss.

Community Golf Course Kettering
2917 Berkley St., Dayton
After a wet snow and a few good runs where the snow gets packed so tight to the point of almost being ice, you have found Suicide Hill, right next to Hills & Dales MetroPark. If you crave scary sledding adventures, then by pass all others and go to Suicide Hill. You may get a little bumped up, but you won’t be disappointed. (We recommend caution and common sense.)

Germantown MetroPark
7101 Conservancy Rd., Germantown
It's a little out of the way for many, but the big hill at Germantown MetroPark is well worth the drive. Located 20 minutes from Dayton, it is arguably the best hill in the MetroPark system for sledding. The daring hill is located at 6206 Boomershine Road, just north of Manning Road.

Wright Memorial Park
2380 Memorial Rd., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton
The hill is an area favorite. Located off of Route 444 on Kaufman Avenue next to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, this hill has great access and parking. The designated sledding area is a grass surface ranging from smooth to bumpy. The slope is approximately 40 degrees with a lengthy run of about 700 to 800 feet. Many great spots act as ramps for those who like catching air. The only real obstacles are trees, but they're at the top of the hill -- well out of the way of a good run. 

Englewood MetroPark
100 E. National Rd. entrance (US 40 at SR 48), Dayton
The sledding hill is located along the dam in the West Park. It's steep, but there's lots of room to have multiple launches for races or stunt competitions. Use the 100 E. National Rd. entrance (US 40 at St. Rte 48) and follow the park road to the right for parking. 

Indian Riffle Park
2801 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering
Hidden behind Kettering Middle School off of Glengarry Dr. and Stroop Rd. is a beautiful sledding secret. The Indian Riffle Park hill is more of a mound, giving sliders more than one side to slide down. No obstacles with pretty smooth rides.

Taylorsville MetroPark
2000 SR 40, Vandalia
Grass turf, bumpy and no obstacles with a gentle grade makes for safe but long distance sledding. The entrance is located on the east side of Brown School Road, south of US 40. This hill offers a smooth/bumpy ride down a slope of 30 degrees with a 400 to 500 foot run. Taylorsville MetroPark's Sledding Hill's entrance is on east side of Brown School Rd., south of US 40.

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