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15 of the Best Sledding Hills Around Rochester

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.

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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.

Table of Contents:

  1. County Park Sledding Hills
  2. City of Rochester
  3. Town & School Hills

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.

Sledding Hills Around Rochester: Black Creek Park
Black Creek

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.

Rochester-Area Day Trip: Mendon Ponds Park Monroe County Sledding snow sports
Mendon Ponds

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.

Note: Powder Mills Park and Durand Eastman Park do have a few great hills, though none are officially designated as sledding hills.

Sledding Hills in City Parks

Cobbs Hill winter sledding
Cobb’s Hill

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.!

Sledding Hills Around Rochester: Highland Bowl
Highland Bowl

7. Highland Park


One behind conservatory, and another at Highland Bowl. Highland is also a County Park but located in the city.

Sledding Hills in Town Parks & Schools

8. Chestnut Ridge Elementary School Chili

9. Frisbee Hill Park Greece

10. Harris Whalen Park Penfield

11. Hilton Quest School

12. Laurelton-Pardee Intermediate School Irondequoit

13. Martha Brown Middle School Fairport

14. Perinton Community Center

15. 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!

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Where are your favorite sledding hills around Rochester?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!


2 thoughts on “15 of the Best Sledding Hills Around Rochester”

  1. Carolyn Reiners

    I just drove up to Durand Eastman Park with my 93 yr old Dad. We were trying to find the sledding hill he remembered as a child in the 1930’s. Any ideas? Thanks for your help. It would mean a lot to me to hear the memories jogged by his seeing that hill.
    Carolyn Reiners

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