The Best Grand Rapids Sledding Hills, Plus 4 Luge & Tobogganing Runs in Michigan

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Create Timeless Memories While Sledding This Winter With Your Family

The age-old pastime of sledding is just one of the ways you can enjoy winter and the snow that it brings. If you’re looking for a sledding hill in Greater Grand Rapids, this list is for you.

Or maybe you’d like to try a different way to slide down hills. If so, check out the Luge run at Muskegon State Park or hit up one of the three remaining tobogganing runs in Michigan.

No matter where you find yourself having fun, bundle up, bring some hot cocoa, and stay safe.

Check with property owners before sledding and follow all local laws and regulations. Grand Rapids Kids is not liable for how you may choose to use this information.

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Please note: Open/Closed Status for Sledding Hills, Toboggan Runs, and the Luge fluctuates with the weather.

Check with your destination on their current status before heading out, and be mindful that some places use ticketing systems to control crowding. You may need advance reservations.

Tobogganing in Lower Michigan

There are only three places with dedicated toboggan runs for tobogganing in Michigan.

Tobogganing is like sledding in that you slide down a hill on a device.

Tobogganing is different from sledding in that riders often travel down ice-covered lanes, or runs, on a specialized type of sled called a toboggan. They can also accommodate many riders, making it fun to go in groups.

Toboggans may look like this, and can be bought at sporting good stores or on Amazon.

Toboggan sled at Cascade Twp Park winter Hunt

Here’s where you can toboggan on dedicated toboggan runs in Michigan:

Tobogganing - Central Lower
Tobogganing at Echo Valley - Kalamazoo, MI

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8495 East H Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
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You'll reach speeds up to 60 MPH before coming to a stop at the end of the quarter-mile long runs. An all-season sledding surface known as Everslide has been installed on each toboggan run.

At the end of the run our staff returns the toboggans to the starting platform via our overhead lift. No more lugging your group's toboggan back to the top!

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Tobogganing at Midland City Forest - Midland, MI

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2840 E Monroe Road
Midland, MI 48642
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Our toboggan runs are the one of the last remaining in the state.

City Forest features Michigan’s only hand-packed toboggan runs. 4 snow-packed, iced and elevated toboggan runs, each a tenth of a mile long. Toboggans are hand packed and un-refrigerated so they rely solely on weather conditions.

Toboggans are available for rental at the City Forest chalet during hours of operation. Each seats up to 3 people. No personal toboggans are allowed.

Toboggan runs can cause damage to clothing and other items during use. Please try to wear durable clothing when using the toboggan runs.

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Tobogganing at Kensington Metropark - Milford, MI
4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380
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Toboggan runs are located at Orchard picnic area. This area offers a nearby picnic shelter with tables and grills.

Toboggans must be standard toboggans with attached padding on the seat.

No sleds or snowboards are allowed on the toboggan runs.

No rentals

Luge in Lower Michigan

Luge is an Olympic winter sport that involves a rider steering down an ice-covered track, feet first.

There are only four luge tracks in the United States and one of them is located right here in Michigan!

The luge track in Muskegon, MI, is 850 feet long – shorter than an Olympic-sized track, but still long enough to give riders a feel for the sport – and a thrill. You can get up to speeds of 30 mph around the six curves on the Michigan Luge!

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Luge at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex

1) Muskegon Winter Sports Complex in North Muskegon

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West Michigan

Luge at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
The Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park luge track is one of only four luge tracks in the United States. It's the only kunstbahn track (German for artificial track) made from natural ice and not refrigerated.

Our 850 ft. track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley. Shorter in length than the Olympic tracks in Lake Placid and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon track provides an Olympic thrill with the first-time luge athletes in mind. It consists of six curves and two starting areas. Public participants receive equipment and training before sliding at speeds up to 30 mph.

Luge classes for ages 8 and older. Scout Luge and private group packages.

More About Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Muskegon is your place for adventure sports with an ice luge and wheel luge track featuring a 1/4 zip line and several other outdoor recreation sports.

At This Destination: Luge, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice Skating

Sledding Hills Around Lower Michigan

This is a list of note-worthy sledding hills around lower Michigan, including the Lakeshore, Lansing, and Eastside areas as suggested to us by local readers and area parents.

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1) Burchfield Park - An Ingham County Park in Holt

Central Lower Michigan

Sledding at Burchfield Park - An Ingham County Park
Please note there is a vehicle entrance fee at Burchfield Park. Sled down our two sledding hills, one for little kids, and one for the more daring! Snow tubes are available to rent for $3.00, weather permitting on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Monday - Thursday snow tube rentals are closed, but the hill remains open, you may bring your own sled.

Please note that toboggans, snowboards, and vehicle inner tubes are NOT permitted on the sledding hill. The toboggan run remains closed.

More About Burchfield Park - An Ingham County Park
Burchfield Park is a 500+ acre park along the Grand River in Ingham County.
In the winter, ski skating and sledding (with tubes) is available.

At This Destination: Sledding, Snow Tubing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

2) Binder Park Golf Course Winter Sports Park in Battle Creek

Central Lower Michigan

Sledding at Binder Park Golf Course Winter Sports Park
Sleds available at certain times. Call ahead for availability.

More About Binder Park Golf Course Winter Sports Park
Battle Creek Recreation Department offers winter sports activities in the winter at Binder Park Golf Course. Activities include: sledding, tubing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, etc. NOTE: Equipment will be available for use and the warming house will be open only Saturdays and Sundays.

At This Destination: Sledding, Snow Tubing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

3) Bertha Brock Park in Ionia

Central Lower Michigan

Sledding at Bertha Brock Park
In winter, huge sledding hill. No sleds provided.

More About Bertha Brock Park
Bertha Brock Park was founded in 1931 to be a public gathering place. With a host of facilities from rustic to refined, the park is a popular location for meetings, recreational events, weddings and receptions, family photos, and banquets.

A healthy trout stream runs through nearly 200 acres of beautiful rolling hills. Trails wind their way through the woods, rustic campsites are scattered along paved paths, and many playground and picnic areas can accommodate a quiet family outting or a major organized event.

At This Destination: Sledding, Snow Tubing

4) Midland City Forest in Midland

Midland City Forest sledding hill

Central Lower Michigan

Sledding at Midland City Forest
Our groomed and lighted sledding hill is available for sledding until late evening. The sled hill features "lanes," allowing children to travel down the hill with fewer accidents.

Use your own sled or rent one of ours. No steel runner sleds.

If City Forest Chalet is closed, you can still use the sled hill with your personal equipment.

When conditions are favorable, snow is made on-site for the hill.

More About Midland City Forest
Midland City Forest is a 520-acre city park open year-round. Winter activities include tobogganing, sledding, skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing.

Please call our weather app, Rainout Line, at 989-399-0506 or go online to check the conditions.

At This Destination: Sledding, Tobogganing, Snow Tubing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice Skating

5) Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena in Ann Arbor

Eastside Michigan

Sledding at Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena
This park has many hills to choose from and is known for a long, mellow hill perfect for little ones.

More About Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena
Buhr Park is a 39-acre park serving the south central part of Ann Arbor. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round and features softball diamonds, two tennis courts, play equipment, a basketball court, open field play, a sledding hill, picnic facilities with a grill, an outdoor pool with a family activity pool (open in the spring/summer) and an open-air ice arena (open in the fall/winter).

At This Destination: Sledding, Ice Skating

6) Kensington Metropark in Milford

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Eastside Michigan

Sledding at Kensington Metropark
Coast down a variety of hills, from beginner to advanced. A short “bunny hill” designated for younger sledders features padded trees for added safety.

Saucers and inflatables are not permitted on the advanced and intermediate hills.

No rentals

More About Kensington Metropark
Kensington’s 4,481 sprawling acres of wooded, hilly terrain surrounds beautiful Kent Lake and is home to an abundance of wildlife and waterfowl.

Kensington Metropark offers a multitude of recreational activities throughout the year.

At This Destination: Sledding, Tobogganing, Snow Tubing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding, Sleigh Rides, Ice Skating

7) Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township

Eastside Michigan

Sledding at Lake St. Clair Metropark
An outdoor family sledding hill is located in the West Playfield at Lake St. Clair Metropark. The sledding hill, a comfort station, a warming room and picnic tables for resting are conveniently located close to the parking area.

More About Lake St. Clair Metropark
Come throughout the year to enjoy the beauty of 938-acre Lake St. Clair Metropark. In the winter, enjoy ice fishing for perch, cross-country skiing on groomed trails, a game of hockey or ice-skating outdoors with friends or family.

At This Destination: Sledding, Cross Country Skiing, Ice Skating

8) Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township

Eastside Michigan

Sledding at Stony Creek Metropark
Experience a winter wonderland while sledding at Stony Creek Metropark. Dash down sledding hills located at the Gladeview and West Branch Picnic Areas.

More About Stony Creek Metropark
Get that “up north” feeling without leaving the suburbs at top-rated Stony Creek Metropark. Extending across Oakland and Macomb counties, 4,461 scenic acres abound with opportunity for outdoor recreation all year long.

At This Destination: Sledding, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowboarding, Ice Skating

9) Rolling Hills Winter Park in Ypsilanti

Eastside Michigan

Sledding at Rolling Hills Winter Park
The sledding hill is 275 feet in length with a large flat area at the bottom and fenced return paths on either side so you can safely climb the hill and ride again. The 70 foot width at the top of the hill is wide enough to spread out and accommodate various levels of thrill seekers.

There is plenty of paved parking, permanent restrooms, and a warming space with a gas fireplace for public use.

Snowboarding is not permitted on the sledding hill.

More About Rolling Hills Winter Park
Rolling Hills Park is open year-round. In winter, the park features a sledding hill, a half mile of cleared walking trail and three miles of groomed cross-country ski trails (weather permitting). Winter equipment is available for rent. Please remember this is a sledding hill, no snowboards or downhill skis allowed.

At This Destination: Sledding, Snow Tubing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

10) Pigeon Creek Park in West Olive

West Michigan

Sledding at Pigeon Creek Park
There is a small lighted hill near the lodge for sledding (no snowboards) that is free to use.

More About Pigeon Creek Park
Pigeon Creek Park is 282 acres with another 130 adjacent acres of County Open Space land. Over ten miles of ski trails wind through old pine plantations, mature deciduous forests and through bottomland forests along the Pigeon River (off-trail snowshoeing is allowed).

At This Destination: Sledding, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

11) Mt. McSauba Recreation Area in Charlevoix

Northern Lower Peninsula Michigan

Sledding at Mt. McSauba Recreation Area
Lighted sledding hill

More About Mt. McSauba Recreation Area
Rated one of the top three small ski areas in the U.S. by Ski Magazine, Mt. McSauba offers truly affordable family skiing. More than just a ski slope, Mt. McSauba is a winter recreation playground. There is a skating rink with a warming cabin on the south side, a lighted sledding hill on the north side and behind the towering dune, a cross-country ski trail.

At This Destination: Sledding, Snow Tubing, Downhill Skiing, Snowboard Ski Lessons, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowboarding, Ice Skating

12) Petoskey Winter Sports Park in Petoskey

Petoskey Winter Sports Park sledding

Northern Lower Peninsula Michigan

Sledding at Petoskey Winter Sports Park
Spacious sledding hill. There is a limited supply of sleds for use if you do not have your own.

More About Petoskey Winter Sports Park
Seasonal park with ice rinks, sledding/skiing/snowboarding hills & a warming house with concessions.

At This Destination: Sledding, Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice Skating

13) Sault Seal Recreation Area in Sault Ste. Marie

Upper Peninsula Michigan

Sledding at Sault Seal Recreation Area
FREE to sled
Bring your own sled

More About Sault Seal Recreation Area
Sault Seal is equipped with 7 tubing runs with 2 tubing lifts, and a ski and snowboard hill with 1 lift. Sault Seal also has a heated chalet with a view of the entire hill.

Lockable Snowboard Rack
Bring your own lock and cable (not provided)

At This Destination: Sledding, Snow Tubing, Downhill Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowboarding

14) John & Melissa Besse Sports Park in Gladstone

Upper Peninsula Michigan

More About John & Melissa Besse Sports Park
The Gladstone City Ski Hill is located off of M-35 on North Bluff Drive in the John & Melissa Besse Sports Park. Offering beginner and intermediate skiing, the hill also has three (3) tube runs, with a lift, and a snowboard terrain park with a 1/2 pipe. The Ski Chalet includes a concession stand that is also rented out in the off season (April through October) for wedding receptions, graduation parties, family reunions and other community events.

At This Destination: Sledding, Snow Tubing, Downhill Skiing, Snowboard Ski Lessons, Snowboarding

Greater Grand Rapids Sledding Hills

The follow is a list of popular sledding hills in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas, areas as suggested to us by local readers and area parents.

Be sure to follow all local rules and posted signs. Leave a comment on this post if you have additions or updates for this article.

Northeast Grand Rapids Sledding Hills

Belknap Park (hill is behind Griff’s Ice House)
30 Coldbrook St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
East Leonard Elementary School410 Barnett St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49503
East Oakview Elementary School3940 Suburban Shores NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
St. Isodore Church628 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Wabasis Lake Park11220 Springhill Dr, Greenville, MI 48838
Orchard View Elementary School 2770 Leffingwell Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Northwest Grand Rapids Sledding Hills

Johnson Park2600 Wilson Ave, Walker, MI 49534
Richmond Hills Park 1637 Tamarack Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Union High School1800 Tremont Blvd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Southeast Grand Rapids Sledding Hills

Ada Vista Elementary7192 Bradfield SE, Ada, MI
Caledonia Lakeside Park370 Lake St, Caledonia, MI 49316
Cascade Township Park3810 Thornapple River Dr. SE, Cascade Township
Christ Community Church2400 Forest Hills Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (corner of Burton and Forest Hills)
Manhattan Park3180 Cascade Rd (right off the East Beltline), East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Mulick Park Elementary School1761 Rosewood Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Pine Ridge Elementary3250 Redford Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Forest Hills Presbyterian Church 7495 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Southwest Grand Rapids Sledding Hills

Byron Center Christian School 8840 Byron Center Ave, Byron Center, MI 49315
Charlie’s Dump (also known as the Soccer Bowl) 1856 Rosewood, Jenison, MI
Grand Valley Armory1200 44th St. SW Wyoming, MI
Pinery Park 2401 DeHoop St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
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2 thoughts on “The Best Grand Rapids Sledding Hills, Plus 4 Luge & Tobogganing Runs in Michigan”

  1. For Union High School the road is ‘Tremont’ not ‘Treemont’. Might mess people up with Google directions.

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