I grew up sledding at Durand Eastman, but experience, research, and testimony have convinced me that Mendon Ponds has the best sledding hills around Rochester. Black Creek in Chili takes a solid second, and Cobb’s Hill (Monroe Ave side) third.
The best thing about Monroe County Park hills is that they are designated, manicured, and safe. Introduce humans to the scene, and, well, anything goes, but the natural scene is top notch.
Map of Sledding Hills Around Rochester
Sledding Hill Locations
- Mendon Ponds Park (2 designated, 1 non-designated)
- Cobb’s Hill Park (2, reservoir toward Monroe Ave, and Washington Grove Park toward Tay Lodge)
- Black Creek Park
- Highland Park (2, behind conservatory, and Highland Bowl)
- Northampton Park
- Ellison Park
- Frisbee Hill Park
- Webster Park
- Durand Eastman Park (several, though none are formally designated)
- Harris Whalen
- Powder Mills (1 designated, 1 non-designated)
- Sutherland High School
- Chestnut Ridge Elementary School
- Perinton Community Center
- Laurelton-Pardee Intermediate School
- Martha Brown Middle School
- Hilton Quest School
The great thing about sledding as a snow sport is that there are no barriers to entry. Anyone can grab lid from a storage bin, pick the closest hill, and off they go!
It’s free, it’s a quick thrill or an all day excursion, it’s fast, it’s slow, it’s safe, it’s adventurous. Sledding is whatever you want it to be.
Skiing around Rochester is as much winter recreation as it is a social experience, competition, and a tradition. A few of these destinations also offer cross country ski rentals.
Where are your favorite sledding hills around Rochester?
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