Winter Storm Landon is upon us. And while Thursday's ice storm is making conditions treacherous — and leaders are urging people to stay at home and off the roads — the National Weather Service outpost in Wilmington Ohio is predicting final snow accumulations between 3 to 5 inches across the area.
Greater Cincinnati’s hilly terrain makes it a perfect city for sledding — in the rare chances we get enough snow to truly enjoy it — and there are plenty of tried-and-true local favorite spots to explore.
Here are five top-notch sledding destinations in each part of town.
Northern Kentucky: Devou Park
For a more scenic route of the slopes, the bountiful hills of Devou Park offer a comprehensive overlook of Covington and Cincinnati. Sledders can view the snow-topped skyline and frozen woodlands while they coast down the hills of the 700-acre park. Just watch where you're going and avoid the trees. Devou Park, 1201 Park Drive, Covington.
Northern Suburbs: Voice of America Park
Otherwise known as the “Chill Hill,” Voice of America Park is considered a staple of many local sledders’ childhoods. The man-made hill offers high elevation for an adrenaline rush as well as smaller hills to ease into the fun. Whether it’s a first-timer’s rite of passage or a sled veteran looking to recapture fond memories, this chill hill will definitely be a hot spot during this weather. 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester.
Central Core: Mount Storm Park
This park was once the homestead of Robert Bowler, 19th-century entrepreneur and former mayor of Clifton, but it is now one of the busiest places of the season for its sledding hill. The park’s steep landscape also offers a historic backdrop to set the sledder’s winter worries adrift. 700 Lafayette Ave., Clifton.
East Side: Stanberry Park
Stanberry Park is self-described as “one of Cincinnati’s premier sledding hills,” a longstanding title that has since gone unchallenged. Surrounded by snow-covered trees, the hill offers a nature-focused experience to share with other local sledders. Expect the snow-white landscape to be dotted with colorful sleds throughout the afternoon. 2221 Oxford Ave., Mt. Washington.
This West Side park offers rolling hills for those chasing an adrenaline rush. Given enough speed and traction, sledders can bob up and down the series of low hills for an amusement park-like thrill. If they get too cold, they can take a brief refuge in the park’s stone shelter that offers a clear view of the frosted shallow lake. 4450 Rapid Run Road, Price Hill.