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It’s the trip many look forward to all year, and it doesn’t involve a plane, train or car. At the first sign of snowfall, sledding fans of all ages look to head for the hills.

Fortunately for Flint and Genesee County residents, there are many sledding areas that offer everyone the opportunity to experience the ride of the season. Fast, fun and affordable, here’s a list of sledding sites and outlets that welcome passengers of all skill levels to enjoy the wintery outdoors.

Not all sledding hills are professionally staffed or monitored, so it’s important you prepare properly. We’ve noted those hills that provide services and listed contact information for those requiring additional information.

OPEN DAILY: 8 a.m. – Dusk

CREASEY BICENTENNIAL PARK

1505 E. Grand Blanc Rd.

Grand Blanc, MI 48439

810-694-0101

Located a short distance from the US-23 overpass, Creasy Bicentennial Park is a popular sledding destination. The park normally has an attendant monitoring its sledding hills on the weekends. Warming huts are available when an attendant is present and the park has porta-potties near the sledding area.

Entry Fee: FREE entry Monday thru Thursday; $2 entry on staffed holidays and weekends. 

Learn more: gbparks.com

 

OPEN DAILY; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

GENERAL SQUIRE MEMORIAL PARK

4725 S. Mill Rd.

Dryden, MI 48428

810-245-4794

Pack your sleds in the car and take a short ride to Squire’s Park, which offers a gentle sloping sledding hill that is great for younger kids.

Learn more: lapeercountyparks.net

OPEN DAILY; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

MEMORIAL PARK

688-898 E. Tuscola St.

Frankenmuth MI 48734

989-652-3440

Memorial Park’s natural hills are a popular place for sledding. There are multiple sledding hills of various sizes with enough variety to provide hours of family fun. This 40-acre park lies between Tuscola and Genesee Streets, on the northeast side of town, behind the Frankenmuth High School.  Public restrooms are available in the park, which also has several paved parking areas.

Learn more:

 http://www.frankenmuthcity.com/departments/parks_and_recreation/memorial_park.php

OPEN DAILY: Call for hours

MOUNT MCCURDY

402 N. Shiawassee St.

Corunna MI 48817

989-743-3650

Corunna’s Mount McCurdy sledding hill is family-friendly. Parking is available in various locations around the hill. A heated restroom is also available.

Learn more: http://www.corm.us

OPEN DAILY; Dawn to Dusk

ROWDEN PARK

1552 N. Main St.

Lapeer, MI 48446

810-664-4296

Located off North Lapeer Road (M-24) across from McLaren Hospital, this 65-acre park (also known as “Water Tower Park”) is a favorite of local residents who love the sledding hill. There’s plenty of parking available in two paved lots and the park’s bathrooms are open year around.

Learn moreci.lapeer.mi.us/parks_and_recreation/parks

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SOUTHWESTERN ACADEMY

1420 W. 12th St.

Flint, MI 48507

810-760-1400

Located off I-69, the Academy’s sledding hill is a family favorite. If there’s snow on the ground, you’ll always find someone sledding here. Visitors can walk up the stairs along the hill or use a tire-lined walking path up. The tires are not placed every year, but are a welcome addition when they are present.

Learn more: swa.flintschools.org

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