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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!