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Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:46 AM
DAYTON, OHIO — Combing through the Dayton Daily News archive revealed hundreds of sledding photos from the past decade.
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Wherever there is a snow-covered slope, sled-riding thrill-seekers will find it.
The most popular place in the Dayton area seems to be Community Golf Course in Kettering, where hundreds of kids flock at the first sign of ground-covering snow.
⛄️ Indian Riffle Park, 2801 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering
Hidden behind Kettering Middle School off of Glengarry Dr. and Stroop Rd. is a beautiful sledding secret. The Indian Riffle Park hill is more of a mound, giving sliders more than one side to slide down. No obstacles with pretty smooth rides.
⛄️ Community Golf Course, 2917 Berkley St., Dayton
After a wet snow and a few good runs where the snow gets packed so tight to the point of almost being ice, you have found Suicide Hill, right next to Hills & Dales MetroPark. If you crave scary sledding adventures, then by pass all others and go to Suicide Hill. You may get a little bumped up, but you won’t be disappointed. (We recommend caution and common sense.)
Five Rivers MetroParks has three locations with sledding areas.
⛄️ Englewood MetroPark, 100 E. National Rd., Vandalia
The sledding hill is located along the dam in the West Park. It's steep, but there's lots of room to have multiple launches for races or stunt competitions. Use the 100 E. National Rd. entrance (US 40 at St. Rte 48) and follow the park road to the right for parking.
⛄️ Taylorsville MetroPark, 1200 Brown School Rd., Vandalia
Grass turf, bumpy and no obstacles with a gentle grade makes for safe but long distance sledding. The entrance is located on the east side of Brown School Road, south of US 40. This hill offers a smooth/bumpy ride down a slope of 30 degrees with a 400 to 500 foot run. Taylorsville MetroPark's Sledding Hill's entrance is on east side of Brown School Rd., south of US 40.
⛄️ Wright Memorial Park, 2380 Memorial Rd., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton
The hill is an area favorite. Located off of Route 444 on Kaufman Avenue next to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, this hill has great access and parking. The designated sledding area is a grass surface ranging from smooth to bumpy. The slope is approximately 40 degrees with a lengthy run of about 700 to 800 feet. Many great spots act as ramps for those who like catching air. The only real obstacles are trees, but they're at the top of the hill -- well out of the way of a good run.
⛄️ Germantown MetroPark, 6206 Boomershine Rd., Germantown (just north of Manning Road)
It’s a little out of the way for many, but the big hill at Germantown MetroPark is well worth the drive. Located 20 minutes from Dayton, it is arguably the best hill in the MetroPark system for sledding.
The City of Dayton also has several parks with good hills:
⛄️ Washington Park, 100 N. Wright Ave., Dayton
⛄️ Bomberger Park at the corner of E. Fifth and Keowee Streets, Dayton
⛄️ Triangle Park, 1700 Embury Park Rd., Dayton
Tell us: where is your favorite sledding hill?