As hilly as most of Missouri is, it isn’t hard to find great sledding hills. In fact, you might even have one right in your own backyard! You will notice that most of these listed are in or near cities. Unlike the more rural areas, cities have a little less access to such hills, and areas often have to be designated for such activities. This is most likely the reason why information on hills in the more southern rural areas was a little harder to find (and may be more secret). However, we still managed to find 21 great options for you for the next time it snows.
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1. Art Hill in Forest Park, St. Louis
Probably the most popular and well-known sledding spot in St. Louis by far is Art Hill in Forest Park. The hill, located in front of the St. Louis Art Museum, offers a slope that is nearly as wide as it is long. This allows for the large crowds to still have plenty of room to tackle the hill and not run into each other. The hill is the perfect level of steepness. While still exhilarating for older enthusiasts, it’s not extreme enough to be too much for the younger kids. If you haven’t been, you’ve got to go at the next sign of snow. Art Hill is located at 1 Fine Arts Drive in St. Louis.
2. Sledding hill at Upper Stephen’s Lake Park, Columbia
This is a designated sledding area in a public park. The slope is about 30 degrees, with smooth and some bumpy areas. Moderate crowds, easy accessibility and nearby parking are some other perks of sledding at Stephen’s Lake Park. The hill is located on the east side of the lake at 2001 E. Broadway near Old Highway 63.
3. Bum's Hollow in Blanchette Park, St. Charles
Located at the rear of Blanchette Park in St. Charles, Bum's Hollow is definitely one of the most popular sledding destinations in St. Charles County. Varying grades, a bowl shape set of three hills, and the ability to accommodate hundreds of sledders at a time, make this an awesome sledding spot. It is easily accessible with nearby parking. There are no obstructions, but there is a slight hazard of running into someone coming down a different sledding hill at the same time if you run into each other at the bottom. Also, although some people try what could be a fourth hill outside of the bowl, it’s not a good idea due to the many trees and previous injuries occurring there. Bum's Hollow is located at 1900 West Randolph Street.
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4. Suicide Hill, Brookside Park, Kansas City
Suicide Hill in Brookside Park is well known for being the best sledding hill in Kansas City. It’s a public hill with about a 55-degree slope and 300 to 400-feet long. The park IS pretty much the sledding hill. There is a tennis court on top and a baseball diamond at the bottom. It is a very fast hill with some bumpy parts, so choose your path wisely from the top for the ride of your choice. This hill is located at 56th Street and Brookside.
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5. Cardiac Hill, Southeast Missouri State University
Cardiac Hill is one of the steepest hills at a University full of hills. It is a popular sledding spot, with people sliding down on everything from typical sleds to inflatable rafts or dining trays. It is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
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6. Sullivan City Lake Park, Sullivan
Although this is not a designated sledding area, it is allowed. The hill is located at Sullivan City Lake Park. With a crazy 70-degree slope, and some hazards and obstructions, it’s best to be extremely careful. It’s also probably not for little kids. It’s a large hill on the back side of a dam. After leveling off at the bottom, it then goes into a wooded area so drag your feet towards the bottom to slow down or you'll risk going into the woods. In addition, people usually build a ramp towards the bottom. The ramp is more for the daredevils because you are rarely able to stay on the sled after hitting it, but it’s tremendous fun for older kids or adults.
To get to this hill from St. Louis, take I-44 to Exit 225, turn left and cross the over pass. Take the first right onto the south service road in front of the Cracker Barrel, go about ½ mile. Turn left on Highway D towards the hospital. Go another ½ mile then make a right on Sappington Bridge Road. Make the next right hand turn past the hospital and you'll be able to see the lake. The hill is located on the back side.
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7. William Jewell College, Liberty
William Jewell College has a designated sledding hill that is about 400 to 500 feet long. It’s a pretty smooth ride, but has a couple trees at the bottom of the hill you can easily avoid. In fact, you are just about stopped when you get to them. You can park anywhere but the easiest thing is to park at the top of the hill. The area is shaped like a bowl except for at the bottom, with two shallow sides and the middle being the steepest.
8. Keystone Park, Blue Springs
Keystone Park is tucked away in an established residential neighborhood, and consists of 42 acres of land. It is the place to be in Blue Springs when it snows, and is home to the largest sledding hill in town. It is located at 2214 SW Keystone Drive.
9. Doling Park, Springfield
This challenging hill requires dodging a few trees and bailing off your sled at the end to avoid going into the creek. Located on the northwest side of Doling Park, the hill also has a bunch of rocky outcrops. This provides the opportunity for great jumps, as do the smaller ramps near the top and the big one at the end. Obviously, this is probably not the spot for very young children. Located at 2600 N. Robberson Avenue in Springfield.
10. Hulen Lake Park, Columbia
Hulen Lake Park is a public park in Columbia. The sledding hill is pretty smooth, with only about a 20-degree slope. It’s easily accessible with nearby parking and not usually very crowded. There are some picnic tables, a swing set and a few trees, as well as a lake at the bottom. However, due to the mild slope they are all easily maneuvered. The hill is on the east side of Hulen Lake at the park near the corner of Bourn Avenue and Martin Drive.
11. St. Joseph Cathedral, Jefferson City
Although this hill is located on private church property, sledding is permitted. A popular spot when it snows in Jefferson City, you can expect pretty big crowds. The 35-degree, smooth and bumpy slope has a dip in the middle that is great for jumps. The hill opens out into a field. Choose the perfect spot for the ride of your choice. The St. Joseph Cathedral is located at 2305 West Main Street.
12. William Landahl Park Reserve, Blue Springs
Although not a designated sledding area, the sledding hill at William Landahl Park Reserve is a pretty popular place when it snows. A gravel parking lot holds a dozen or so cars, and is usually left unplowed. The hill has two sections. The first is a 300-foot, 20-degree bumpy lower slope with large grass mounds. The upper slope is a 200-foot 55-degree drop, mostly leaf covered dirt, completely unmaintained, heavily rutted and VERY rough. Due to this, the upper slope causes lots of sled breakage. It is also narrow, maybe 50' wide, so even just a dozen people makes it feel crowded. To get to the hill from I-70, go north on 7 Highway (Blue Springs) to Truman Road (FF). Continue east on Truman Rd for approximately 2 miles. The gravel parking lot is located on the right (south) side. The hill is on the north side of the park.
13. Lake Springfield Park, Springfield
When you enter Lake Springfield Park on East Lake Springfield Park Road, take your second right at the Hilltop Pavilion. Just east of the playground you will find the sledding hill. This hill has a great combination of length and steepness… so fun to go down that it almost makes you forget about the long walk back up. There are no trees or obstacles, although some people might make ramps if the snow cooperates. The nearby lake provides some great scenery. The hill gets much shorter and more smooth and gradual as you move north, perhaps better for younger kids. Located at S. Kissick Avenue.
14. Fox High School, Arnold
The sledding hill is located on the left side of the Fox High School gym in the softball/baseball field. It has about a 45-degree slope. Fox High School is located off of Jeffco Boulevard.
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15. Killer Hill, Florissant
Although a pretty smooth 30-35 degree slope, “Killer Hill” gets its name from an urban legend. The hill has a telephone poll on the right side and legend has it that a sledder hit the pole on the way down and died from a head injury. The hill is located across from the Florissant Civic Center.
16. Suicide Hill, Aurora
This designated sledding spot has both smooth and bumpy slopes up to 300 feet long. There is a ditch at the bottom of the hill with a four foot drop off to be careful of. There is also a bridge to walk across. The hill is located off business 60.
17. Fairview Elementary School, Jennings
This fairly smooth sledding hill in Jennings is 2 tiered. The top of it has a fence that encompasses the school track property and runs along College Avenue. From the fence, you slide down this steep incline for it to level out for a short bit and then incline down again. The leveled out part had a slight hump in locations which would allow for some air time. The hill is located at 7047 Emma Avenue near the track. You can park along one of the side streets along College Avenue that has a view of the fenced-in track hill. There is an opening in the fence with steps down to access the sledding hill.
18. Pattonville Heights Middle School, Maryland Heights
These sledding hills are located behind Pattonville Heights Middle School at 195 Fee Fee Road. There are actually two sledding hills at this location. Both of them end in the flat playing field. One of the hills is a 2 terraced hill, and they are both medium smooth slopes. A parking lot on the Fee Fee Road side of the school building provides great access to the sledding hills.
19. Hyde Park, St. Joseph
This public park has a designated sledding hill located in the back corner of the park. The hill has both smooth and bumpy slopes about 30-degrees steep and has a few hazards. For one, at the bottom of the hill there is a dip. There is usually enough room to stop after the dip, but if you continue sliding too fast, you can end up in the parking lot. Hyde Park is located at 8th & Hyde Park Avenue in St. Joseph.
20. Deer Creek Park, Webster Groves
This steep, bumpy sledding hill with moguls make for a wonderful fast ride including some air time. Although not very long, it provides an extremely fun ride. The hill is located next to Deer Creek Park at the east end of N. Forest Avenue. There is some parking near the top of the sledding hill, but most people park along the street or at Deer Creek Park.
21. Warrenton City Public Pool, Warrenton
This hill has a 40-degree, smooth slope up to 300 feet long. It is located next to the Warrenton city public pool, next to the parking lot. The pool is located at 314 S. Morgan in Warrenton.
What is your favorite place when it snows? Know of any other great spots that you are willing to share? (Or maybe you just want to keep it to yourself to avoid crowds.) Have any great sledding photos or videos? Share in the comments below.