Enjoying winter outdoors in Indiana doesn’t always have to rely upon Mother Nature’s cooperation. We’ve previously posted how tobogganing and snow tubing are great winter outdoor activities that don’t require it to actually snow. However, when snow is in the forecast, what is the best place for snow sledding around Fishers? While there are multiple options around Indy, save yourself the searching and go to Flat Fork Creek Park in Fishers. Here’s why…
Flat Fork has one Huge Sledding Hill
The sledding hill at the park is massive! Despite the perspective of the photo, the hill is 60 ft in height. That’s roughly equivalent to a 6-story building! Since it’s so large, the hill can accommodate a whole slew of sledders.
Additionally, because the park’s hill was specifically designed for sledding, it has 3 sides, or nearly 270 degrees of sledding slopes. A path from the park shelter leads to the Western side of the hill, where a trail zig-zags to the top. At the top, there a multiple options for sledding back down. The Eastern and Northeastern sides of the hill have a fairly steep, straight slope down. Whereas the Southeastern side is tiered, with a quick slope that flattens out to another quick slope.
Sledding with Speed
Sledding at Flat Fork is fast! As you can see in the photo, the snowpack on the day we visited was fairly minimal. Even with less than an inch of snow on the slopes, the steepness of the hill provided for plenty of speed. I don’t think we’ve ever cruised down a hill that quickly, unless on skis.
In addition to offering the best snow sledding in Fishers, the park is a great place for a winter walk. Even covered in snow, you can easily stroll along the park’s main loop, which leads behind the hill, along the boardwalk and into the woods.
While flat, the walk definitely feels more like a hike when trudging through a couple of inches of snow. While hiking in snow is not necessarily for everyone, if you enjoy the outdoors and don’t mind the cold, it can be fun to explore all of the park’s treehouses, while covered in snow.
As you can see the boys had fun, indeed. That is until they declared they were completely frozen and asked to return to the car.
To avoid crowds, consider sledding early. After a fresh snowfall, the slopes were moderately busy during late morning on a Sunday. But by noon, the crowds doubled. We recommend going first thing in the morning after a new snow.
Also, consider leaving little kids at home. As much as we try to include our youngest kids in family activities, this activity proved to be more challenging than enjoyable when it came to our two toddlers. A 60 ft sledding hill, while fun for older kids, is most likely too much for little kids. By little kids, I mean those children that are not old enough to reliably pull a sled or walk to the top of the hill. After a handful of times spent pulling our two toddlers up the hill, we were both spent. Furthermore, the thrill of speeding down the slopes was in all likelihood, scarier than fun at the age. Take our advice, sledding is much more fun once everyone can manage themselves!
Other Useful Info:
- When: Anytime following a snowfall, from dawn to dusk
- Where: 16141 E 101 St, Fortville, IN 46040 – just northeast of Indianapolis
- Cost: Free!
- Info: http://www.fishers.in.us/facilities/facility/details/Flat-Fork-Creek-Park-44