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5 Best Sledding Hills

Grab your sled and wrap up (for some extra protective padding) to hit one of these slopes this winter.

By Jamie Thomas

Jan 01 2021 at 8 a.m.

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Illustration by Ryan SaundersWrap up and hit some of the best spots to sled in 417-land. Purchase Photo

Doling Park

301 E. Talmage St., Springfield, 417-837-5900
Doling Park has a variety of sloping gradients, which is good news depending how skilled you are or how brave you’re feeling. And the nearby Doling Family Center helps make things accessible. There’s just one downside—Doling Park is home to a lot of trees, so keep your wits about you and your eyes open to avoid any accidents.

Jordan Valley Park

635 E. Trafficway St., Springfield, 417-866-7444
Jordan Valley Park offers a steep slope for sledding that’s not far from the intersection of S. John Q Hammons Parkway and East Trafficway Street. This spot is great if you want to keep things convenient, since you’re not too far from downtown when you’re done or if you just want to take a break from the cold.

Lake Springfield Park

5324 S. Kissick Ave., Springfield, 417-891-1550
Lake Springfield Park has plenty of sloping hills for sliding down, with the Hilltop Pavilion being one of the most popular. Keep in mind that the park gate is locked if snow is especially bad, but the area is still open and accessible. Just be careful (and sensible). If you have questions contact the Park Board directly.

Pat Jones YMCA

31901 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-881-1599
The Pat Jones YMCA on East Republic has some of the most perfect slopes that roll down into the soccer basin, and these hills are open to any families wanting a winter adrenaline rush. The short-but-steep hills are ideal for some fast-sledding action, plus you have plenty of indoor options at the YMCA itself.

Wolfe Mountain

Branson Zipline Canopy Tours, 2339 US Hwy. 65, Walnut Shade, 417-561-0699
If there doesn’t end up being any snow this year, you’re not entirely out of luck. Wolfe Mountain in Branson is the home of the Snowflex tubing hill. This 400-by-600-foot slope is open and sled-able year-round, so even if there isn’t a single flurry this winter, you can still get your chilly thrill on. Plus, you get to enjoy some spectacular views while you’re at the top of the hill.


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