Searching for the best snow sledding in Indianapolis? Don’t waste time looking through lists. The sledding hill at Fort Harrison State Park is better than the rest. With its sheer size and perfect slope, Fort Harrison is one of Indy’s best sledding spots.
The sledding hill at Fort Harrison State Park is one of the city’s biggest if not the biggest snow sledding hill in Indianapolis! Its size is large enough to not only accommodate many people but provides enough height to generate some serious sledding speed.
The sledding hill has a great slope! The snowfall had just begun when we visited. Nevertheless, even with just a few inches of snow on the hill, the slope provides for plenty of speed. If you are sledding at Fort Ben, be prepared to go fast.
One of our favorite features of the Fort Harrison sledding hill is the fact that it is one single slope. Moreover, it has a sizable flat area for sleds to come to a stop. This design seems to lend itself to a safer sledding environment. After coasting down the hill, the vast majority of people walk to either side, then climb back up the hill near the treeline.
In contrast, the sledding hill in our Fishers’s Flat Fork Creek Park is a freestanding hill with nearly 270° of sledding slopes. While it is certainly fun to sled down multiple slopes, it can be challenging getting back up the hill safely. To reach the sledding hill’s path, you must walk around the base of the hill, dodging incoming sleds. This is not terribly challenging for our older kids, but it a concern with our younger kids. This issue is less of a concern at Fort Harrison, making it a better option when sledding with little ones.
Other Winter Sports
In addition to the best snow sledding in Indianapolis, Fort Ben is also a great place for some other winter sports. The park’s Harrison Trace Trail passes to the north of the sledding hill, providing the perfect place to go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing as we’ve done in the past.
Address: 5753 Glenn Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46216
Fees: In-state entrance fee is $7. Out-of-state entrance fee is $9. An annual Indiana State Park Pass can be purchased for $50.
Hours: Nov – March, 8 am – dusk
Parking: Plenty of parking is available at the lots adjacent to the Sycamore, Reddick or Walnut shelters
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