Although most people associate Tennessee with only balmy temperatures, you’d be surprised what kind of weather can blow through! According to state news resource The Tennessean, in 2021, the state had 5.2 inches of snow throughout the year. You’d love to go sledding around Nashville the next time snow blankets the landscape, but where?
Here are some recommended sledding spots near Nashville:
- Shelby Golf Course
- Right off 1-840 on Almaville Road exit in Murfreesboro
- MTSU Entrance
- Sevier Park
- Fannie Mae Dees Park
- Warner Parks
- Rollercoaster Hill between Hickory Valley and Brook Hollow Roads
- Cedar Hill Park
- Capitol Hill
Not quite familiar with all these awesome Nashville sledding locations? You will be by the time you’re done reading. We’ll go place by place and detail why each is worth visiting at least once for some awesome sledding thrills!
9 Great Sledding Spots Nashvillians Recommend
Shelby Golf Course
Starting our list is the Shelby Golf Course in Shelby Park. The park itself has lots of great sledding spots, but Shelby Golf Course is a top-rated area among the locals.
Why is that? Well, it’s a golf course! That means plenty of rolling, sloping hills that will make for a lot of fun times riding on a sled. The hills aren’t so steep that kids will be terrified to ride, so Shelby Golf Course is a family-friendly destination.
Plus, sledding down the hills here is regarded as sort of a tradition among Nashvillians. Whether you’re new to Nashville or just visiting, you can take in a bit of its culture when sledding in this part of Shelby Park.
2021 Fatherland Street, Nashville, TN 37206 | 615-862-8474
Right Off 1-840 on Almaville Road Exit in Murfreesboro
Near Nashville in Murfreesboro is a little stretch of road off the I-840 exit on Almaville Road. The land here is between 37.25 and 43.76 acres depending on who you ask, but either way, we’d say the area is plenty expansive. That makes it good for sledding.
As is the case with the Shelby Golf Course, the slopes here aren’t intense, so you’re safe to bring the kiddos. Plus, this little-known sledding spot is sure to attract less of a crowd than many of the other locales on this list that we’re going to discuss.
That said, the land here has changed ownership over the years, so whether you’re allowed to sled on this part of the Almaville Road exit will be at the discretion of the landowner. Also, despite that you’re not sledding anywhere near oncoming traffic, you still want to take plenty of precautions when you sled here compared to a park.
MTSU, if you’re not familiar, is short for Middle Tennessee State University, one of the most esteemed universities in the state. Besides educating Tennesseans, the school is also a popular sledding spot.
Like many universities across the country, MTSU closes in December and opens again in late January for the start of the spring semester. If you bring your friends or family sledding between those two months, the school will be a ghost town.
Of course, this is a poppin’ sledding spot even once all the college kids go home, so you won’t be the only household to have this idea. However, at least you’ll know that your kids will be sharing the slopes with others their age rather than college students.
If Nashville has a late winter, you might be able to still sled on the MTSU grounds, but it’s not a bad idea to call or email the school first just to be sure. That late in the season, you’d surely be sledding with college kids.
Across the campus, the MTSU hills are great for sledders of all ages and skill levels. If you want a steeper hill, try the one on Greek Row. It won’t disappoint!
1301 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132 | 615-898-2300
A community landmark, Sevier Park in Nashville is a beautiful public park with historical sights, a community center, walking paths, a flowing creek, and plenty of greenery.
Well, until wintertime, that is, when the park and the rest of Nashville get snow. Then Sevier Park transforms into a winter wonderland! Since it will be too cold and snowy to use the play equipment, get the kids some exercise by sledding at this beloved park instead.
Basic sledding etiquette rules apply when in a crowded spot such as this one. Keep plenty of leeway between yourself and other sledders. Oh, and watch out for trees, as there are a lot of them at this park!
3021 Lealand Lane, Nashville, TN 37204 | 615-862-8466
Fannie Mae Dees Park
The Fannie Mae Dees Park, another Nashville staple, is most famed for its dragon sculpture that encircles the park. The dragon is playable, and kids will climb on it or hide under it for hours of entertainment.
Yet when snow covers the landscape (including the famed dragon sculpture), what else is there to do here? Sled, of course!
The small but kid-friendly hills at Fannie Mae Dees Park will help your children resist the temptation of crawling on the snowy dragon statue, which could be dangerous. Even better is that the park is typically open until 10 p.m., so you and the kids can sled to your heart’s content.
2400 Blakemore Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212 | 615-862-8400
What’s better than one park? That would be two parks, of course!
Warner Parks include Percy Warner Park and Edwin Warner Park. The two are indeed separate parks but are both managed by the same parks and rec association; thus, they get lumped together.
Since they count as one park, they altogether total 3,100 acres of space for playing, exploring, and–in the wintertime–sledding. The golf course on the grounds is a good place to sled, as is the cross-country running course and even some of the hiking trails.
50 Vaughn Road, Nashville, TN 37221 | 615-862-8555
Rollercoaster Hill Between Hickory Valley and Brook Hollow Roads
Are you looking for a more exhilarating sledding experience in Nashville than the spots we’ve presented so far? Then do we have the place for you!
Allow us to introduce you to what’s known as Rollercoaster Hill. This spot is located between Hickory Valley Road and Brook Hollow Road. It’s anything but another Nashville road, as Rollercoaster Hill has a rather steep decline.
Here’s a video that shows just how steep we’re talking about. Now you can see for yourself why it’s called Rollercoaster Hill!
Since both Hickory Valley and Brook Hollow Roads are open to the public, including during snow events, you should only sled when there’s light traffic on the road. Always give cars the right of way too.
Cedar Hill Park
In northern Nashville is Cedar Hill Park. If you’ve never been, this is a place to earmark for later in the year, especially if you have kids. The playscape is quite a deal larger than what you’ll see in the average Nashville park, so it’s worth visiting in the spring.
Of course, in the winter, when the metal equipment is too cold to play on, you’ll care a lot more about the amount of open space. That abounds at Cedar Hill Park.
In colder temps, the park’s pond might freeze. Although it can be tempting to slide down the hills that adjoin the large pond or play some ice hockey on the frozen water, we wouldn’t recommend it! It usually doesn’t take much weight for the ice to crack, after all.
860 Old Hickory Boulevard, Madison, TN 37115 | 615-865-1853
That’s right, Tennessee has its own Capitol Hill, and this Nashville area is another great place for seasonal enjoyment. As soon as the snow falls in this part of the town, the residents usually rush out for fun wintertime activities such as skating, sledding, and snowboarding.
The hill that is on the famed Capitol Hill is quite steep, just as a fair warning. That doesn’t mean kids won’t try to sled down its length, but if your own children are nervous about doing the same, then try a smaller, local park instead.
For adolescents looking for some snow day excitement, the hills at Capitol Hill cannot be beat. Even adults can’t resist getting in on the fun!
Nashville, being in Tennessee, might not be known for getting heaps of snow, but when the temperatures dip low, the locals know just where to go for sledding thrills. Now, thanks to this list, you do too. Have fun out there and be safe!
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