We are always on the move in Greater Madison, and our active lifestyles definitely don’t slow down during the cold months. We especially love a perennial winter activity that’s heart-pumping and great for kids of all ages: sledding! Copy of Sledder 7 Sledding Hills graphic Find out more about our most renowned runs, from frosty favorites to rising stars.

 

Frosty Favorites

ELVER PARK
This one’s the big kahuna of Madison sledding—a super-steep hill with a warming house and hot cocoa at concessions. Some say it’s most magical at night, when you can sled “under the lights.”Copy of Copy of Sledder 7 Sledding Hills graphic

 

HIESTAND PARK
Daredevils are fans of this park’s heart-stopping drop. It’s named “Radar Hill” because it was once the site of a communications facility for Truax Field.

 

BASCOM HILL
Every winter, the statue of Abraham Lincoln looks on as UW-Madison students use their own version of sleds—cafeteria trays—on this precipitous hill.Trees 7 Sledding Hills graphic

 

WARNER PARK
Although sledding is the big draw at this park, families can also try ice skating, snowshoeing and a rec center complete with ping pong, air hockey and video games.

 

CHICORY MEADOW PARK
Located off of the Capital City Trail in Fitchburg, this park offers a sledding hill set amid beautiful wooded scenery. Not tired yet? Try hitting the trails on a fat-tire bike.

 

Rising Stars

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OLBRICH PARK
Most visit Olbrich Botanical Gardens to see the Bolz Conservatory in winter, but there’s also a spacious hill for sledding. Pause at the top to marvel at frozen views of the isthmus that make for a postcard-perfect winter day.

 

Tree 7 Sledding Hills graphicGRUNDAHL PARK
Head to nearby Mount Horeb for an off-the-beaten-path sledding experience at Grundahl Park. Afterward, stop by the Grumpy Troll Brew Pub which features an upstairs pizzeria, pool table and video games for all ages!

 

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PLEASE NOTE: For your safety, and to uphold the quality of our landscapes, we recommend that you do not use Madison-area sledding hills that are without a significant base of snow. We recommend you check with individual parks to determine the status of sledding hills.