13 Perfect Sledding Spots Near Pittsburgh, PA


There’s nothing quite like winter in Pittsburgh! On average Pittsburgh gets 41 inches of snow per year, which makes it a wonderful place to get out and enjoy sledding. There are numerous sledding and tubing hills that you won’t want to miss out on with all this snowfall. Instead of having to go through a long list of potential sledding spots, this is a list of thirteen of the best ones.

So, instead of lounging around in your house dreaming of spring and summer, get out there and try one of these perfect sledding spots before winter goes away!

1. Dormont Park

Location

1801 Dormont Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216

Dormont Park is just a 15-minute drive from downtown Pittsburgh area. It is located southwest of downtown and is right off of McFarland Rd. The sledding hill is located near the Dormont Pool.

Hours

Daily from 6 am to 11 pm.

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The great thing about Dormont Park is that it has two hills to choose from. One hill is a little bit steeper and is a lot better for the older kids and adults.

Whereas, the other hill is a lot smaller and milder, thus making it more kid-friendly. This park is 23.5 acres and gives you and your family an ample amount of room to have some winter fun. There are fields that are perfect for building snowmen or have a good ole’ fashioned snowball fight.

This place is definitely worth checking out!

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Sledding isn’t the only thing that this park has to offer. There are cover picnic pavilions that are perfect for relaxing between sledding sessions. There are also some great playgrounds for the kids to get their energy out on.

This is a great park to use during the warmer months as well.

2. Highland Park

Location

Reservoir Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

This sledding spot is located a 15-20 minutes northeast of downtown Pittsburgh in the Highland Park Historic District. It is on the south side of the Allegheny River right by the Highland Park Bridge.

Hours

N/A

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If you are looking for an area that has many hills, Highland Park is the place to go! There is one main sledding hill that people call “Seven Bumps Hill”. This hill is the most popular one in the park. But, there are a lot more hills choose from scattered all throughout the park if you are looking for something less crowded.

Be sure to dress warm and bring your best sled because you will not want to miss out on a fun time at this sledding spot!

Things to Know

Highland Park is a huge park that is built around two reservoirs. It offers some scenic views and is not only a great place to sled but also a wonderful place to enjoy the winter scenery. You will want to bring your camera when you visit.

The Park is very ornate with its Victorian style design that features gardens in the summer, a fountain, and reflecting pool.

3. Flagstaff Hill at Schenley Park

Location

This sledding spot is located in Schenley Park which is a 5-10 minute drive east of downtown. The sledding hill (named Flagstaff Hill) is located in the northwest corner of the park kitty-corner to Carnegie Mellon University. It is also right by the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Hours

Daily from 6 am to 11 pm.

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This 456-acre park has a sledding hill that you and your family likely won’t forget. The hill you’ll be looking for is called Flagstaff Hill and is a local favorite. You are more than likely to see a couple of people sliding down it after a good snowstorm.

When you are done sledding, I highly recommend checking out the ice skating rink in the park. Nothing will get in the winter spirit more than have a day of both sledding and ice skating.

Things to Know

Flagstaff Hill can be a little bit difficult to find if you have never been to the park before. I suggest looking at on a map ahead of time so that you are not lost looking for it.

Keep in mind that sledding is just one of many activities and features that Schenley Park has to offer. This park also contains tons of walking trails, a sportsplex, a golf course, and much more.

If you need to warm up or use the bathroom while sledding, I would suggest stopping by one of the many visitor’s centers located in the park.

In addition to that, you can also get a hot chocolate or a bite to eat at the cafe located in the visitors center right across from the sledding hill (at Panther Hollow Rd. and Schenley Drive).

4. Mellon Park

Location

1047 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Mellon Park is 15 minutes east of downtown in the Shadyside and Squirrel Hill North districts of Pittsburgh. You will find the park near the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Hours

Daily from 6 am to 11 pm.

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This hill is loads of fun! You and your family will be grinning from ear to ear as you fly down this amazing slope.

Word to the wise, be careful when going down this hill because there are some trees that may get in the way.

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In all honesty, this park is absolutely amazing! The sledding hill is great and there is also a lot of other sights to check out while visiting.

The park itself has a rich history. Mellon Park was originally the estate of Richard Beatty Mellon who had a 60-room mansion on the property. He filled his property with ornate landscaping and the property was eventually converted into a park. If you are into architectures, this is a must visit for you.

5. Blue Slide Park at Frick Park

Location

2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Just down the road from Mellon Park is Frick Park. It is a 10-15 minute drive from the center of Pittsburgh and is right next to the Smithfield East Cemetery.

Hours

Open 24-hours

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Blue Slide Park is such a popular sledding spot that the late hip-hop artist and Pittsburgh native Mac Miller named one of his albums after it. The sledding hill is quite steep and offers a thrilling ride to the bottom of the hill.

This spot is definitely a local favorite, some people have been sledding here since they were kids. It is nicknamed Blue Slide Park because there are also long slides that have been built into the sides of a hill as well. These slides are enjoyed by kids both in the summer and winter.

Things to Know

This sledding hill can be a bit dangerous. Use caution when sliding down it; there are a couple of trees to avoid. Also, be sure to bring your 4-legged friends as this park is dog-friendly.

6. Boyce Park

Location

675 Old Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15239

Boyce Park is a little further away than the other sledding spots already mentioned. It is about a 30-minute drive (16 miles) east of the city.

Hours

Open Friday from 4:30 pm to 9 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm. Hours differ during the holidays and private groups can schedule a tubing session Monday through Thursday.

Cost

Prices range from $8 to $21 depending on the size of your group or whether or not you are a resident. For more details on ticket, costs visit the Boyce Park website.

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If you are looking for a different sledding experience, this is the place to go. Boyce has a groomed tubing hill that is loads of fun. This hill is pretty steep and features a thrillingly fast ride to the bottom. If you have ever been tubing before, you will understand how fun and fast of a ride it has to offer.

One of the best parts about tubing at Boyce Park is that you don’t have to worry about carting your tube back up to the top of the hill. They have a magic carpet lift that shoots you back up to the top of the hill.

Things to Know

Tickets for tubing are sold in two are slots or sessions. People can normally get in about 15-20 rides down the slope within this session. Boyce Park also has a ski park that is worth checking out. It features four slopes as well as a terrain park. Skis can be rented at the park.

7. Sunny Slopes at South Park

Location

Buffalo Dr, South Park Township, PA 15129

This sledding spot is located 25-30 minutes south of Pittsburgh in the city of Township.

Hours

Daily from 7 am to 11 pm

Sunny Slopes at South Park is the spot to be if you want to get your adrenaline pumping.

There are three main sledding hills located in the park. The most popular one is insanely tall and ridiculously steep, standing at 1,000 feet! You will for sure have a thrilling ride down; making the long hike back up absolutely worth it. Take my word, this place is the real deal!

Things to Know

If you are bringing little kids it may be a good idea to try out the two smaller hills before sending them down the big one. In addition to that, South Park is a great place to do other activities as well. It is massive (1,999-acres) and offers trails and a tourable farmhouse.

In the summertime, there is an epic wave pool that is worth trying out.

8. Hidden Valley Snow Tubing & Seven Springs Tubing

Location

  • Hidden Valley: 545-, 599 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501
  • Seven Springs: 777 Water Wheel Dr, Champion, PA 15622

These tubing parks are great for a family day trip. They are both located a little over an hour southeast of Pittsburgh in the towns of Somerset and Champion. The parks a pretty close to each other (about 6 miles) and are located in the same general area.

Hours

  • Hidden Valley: Must call 814-443-8000 to get hours.
  • Seven Springs: Must call 800-452-2223 (ext. 7645) for information on hours.

Cost

  • Hidden Valley: Must call 814-443-8000 for information regarding cost.
  • Seven Springs: Must call 800-452-2223 (ext. 7645) for information on hours.

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Hidden Valley: This is a great spot to go sledding. The runs at Hidden Valley are nice and steep and provide a fast and safe ride to the bottom of the slopes. This tubing park also offers the luxury of a magic carpet/conveyor belt which shoots you back up to the top of the hill. After you are done tubing you can warm up in the lodge and even buy some food and drinks at the concession area.

Seven Springs: Seven Springs Tubing Park is a little bit bigger than Hidden Valley’s and offers 11 lanes for tubing. These groomed runs will have you flying down the hill and enjoying every minute of it. In addition to that, you will enjoy the scenic views and natural beauty of the area.

Things to Know

Both of these tubing parks are located on resorts that offer other winter activities that offer skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. They are located in a beautiful area and are an absolute must try.

I highly recommend visiting both Hidden Valley’s and Seven Spring’s website for more information on tubing and other activities that they offer.

9. Blueberry Hill Park

Location

Blaine’s Way, Sewickley, PA 15143

Blueberry Hill Park is located 20 miles northwest of Pittsburg in the town of Sewickley. The park can be found close to where I-279 and I-79 meet up at a fork.

Hours:

N/A

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You’re sure to find your thrill on Blueberry Hill! This park has a hill in its name for a reason. This beautiful 87-acre park has multiple hills that provide a fun sledding experience. It is a great place for both kids and adults to enjoy the winter weather.

Blueberry Hill is many peoples favorite sledding spot and it can become yours too.

Things to Know

This park offers many other amenities that are worth checking out. There are baseball/softball fields, a basketball court, a football field, multiple hiking trails, and much more.

You can take a break from sledding under one of the multiple covered pavilions located throughout the park. Also, no need to worry, Blueberry Hill has you covered. There are bathrooms that the little ones can use while sledding.

10. North Park Golf Course

Location

10200 Kummer Rd, Wexford, PA 15090

This golf course is 20 minutes (13 miles) north of Pittsburgh in the Wexford area.

Hours

Open daily from 5 am to 8 pm.

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In the summertime, these green fields are teaming with golfers but in the winter time, this golf course is popular amongst sledders. There are multiple hills that differ in size and steepness.

The grand variety of hills makes North Park Golf Course a perfect sledding spot for any age of sledder. So pack up the sleds and experience the wide open hills of North Park.

Things to Know

This golf course is part of North Park which offers tons of recreational opportunities. In the winter times there is a great ice rink that you and your family should try out.

11. Bronx Hill (Bronx Field)

Location

1110-1118 Center Ave, West View, PA 15229

This sledding spot is a mere 10 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh in the suburb of West View.

Hours

N/A

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Bronx Hill is an optimum spot for little sledders. The sledding hill is not too steep and offers a safe but fun ride for the kiddos. Be sure to dress warm and bring plenty of food and water.

Things to Know

This sledding area is located near the Barry G. Schell Field which is a great little baseball field. In addition to that, if you go sledding in the morning you can swing by Dunkin’ Donuts (which is right down the street) right after and pick up a nice warm cup of coffee and a fresh doughnut.

12. Moraine State Park

Location

225 Pleasant Valley Rd, Portersville, PA 16051

Moraine State Park is 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh near the town of Portersville. The state park is on the banks of Lake Arthur.

Hours

N/A

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If you are looking to get out into nature and see some pretty winter landscapes, this is the place to go. Moraine State Park’s sledding spot is located near the Pleasant View Picnic Area on the South Shore.

Not only will you be able to enjoy sledding, but you will also be able to admire the great views of Lake Arthur which will likely be frosted over.

Things to Know

Moraine State Park and its 16,000-acre area of land are popular in the winter and offer many opportunities for recreation. Near the sledding hill, there are multiple trails that are open for cross country skiing.

In addition to that, the park offers 20 miles of snowmobiling trails and you can ice skate on Lake Arthur.

13. Hartwood Acres Park

Location

200 Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

This sledding spot is 20 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh near Dorseyville.

Hours

Open daily from 8 am to Sunset.

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Hartwood Acres Park is a 629-acre public park that offers some decent sledding opportunities. It is a perfect place for the whole family to go and enjoy the winter season. In addition to sledding, this park is a perfect area for other snow play activities, such as building a snow fort or starting a snowball fight.

Things to Know

In the winter this park is a great place to go cross country skiing and offers multiple trails to choose from. When you go, be sure to check out the massive Tudor Mansion which was built in the 1920s.

Geoff Southworth

I am a California native and I enjoy all the outdoors has to offer. My latest adventures have been taking the family camping, hiking and surfing.

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