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.
Speaking of Black Creek Park, our photo was featured in USA Today Travel’s December 2020 edition of GO ESCAPE NEW YORK in their article entitled “Hills and Thrills: Five Places to Sled in Rochester” by Sean Lahman.
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Sledding Hills in County Parks
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.
Descriptions for each location is from the Monroe County Parks website.
1. Black Creek Park
Black Creek Park has one designated sledding hill that is located behind the Woodside Lodge. This hill is open to the public throughout the winter months if snowy conditions exist. Sledding is done at your own risk.
2. Ellison Park
Ellison Park offers two designated sledding hills, and an ice skating rink. The sledding hills are located off Landing Road by the Disc Golf Course.
3. Mendon Ponds Park
There are two designated sledding hills located across from the Cavalry House Lodge on Douglas Road, and located next to the East and West Lodges on Canfield Road.
4. Northampton Park
The designated sledding hill is located across the street from the Ski Lodge on Hubble Road. The park also features a ski hill with a rope tow, which is located on Hubble Road.
5. Webster Park
Webster Park has one designated sledding hill which is open to the public. The sledding hill is located next to the Parkview Lodge, right off Holt Road.
Sledding Hills in City Parks
6. Cobb’s Hill Park
One at the reservoir toward Monroe Ave, and another in Washington Grove Park toward Tay Lodge. From the reservoir, you can pick up a lot of speed so be careful not to end up on Monroe Ave.!
7. Highland Park
One behind conservatory, and another at Highland Bowl. Highland is also a County Park but located in the city.
8. Maplewood Park
Sledding Hills in Town Parks & Schools
9. Chestnut Ridge Elementary School Chili
10. Frisbee Hill Park Greece
11. Harris Whalen Park Penfield
12. Hilton Quest School
13. Laurelton-Pardee Intermediate School Irondequoit
14. Martha Brown Middle School Fairport
15. Perinton Community Center
16. Sutherland High School Pittsford
Find directions to all of these sledding hill locations on our Google Map.
The great thing about sledding as a snow sport is that there are no barriers to entry. Grab lid from a storage bin, pick the closest hill, and off you go!
It’s free, it’s a quick thrill or an all day excursion, it’s fast or slow, it’s safe or adventurous. Sledding is anything you want it to be.
Don’t let winter in Rochester force you into hibernation. If snow doesn’t appeal to you, think of everything there is to do indoors.
Where are your favorite sledding hills around Rochester?
Please share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. Your insight and experience are invaluable!