Sledding Hills You and Your Sled Won’t Want to Miss in Eau Claire
Hold on tight! The sledding hills in Eau Claire are guaranteed to take you on the slide of your life. When you want to spend a winter afternoon climbing through snow and racing down hills, Eau Claire has plenty of places where you can chase some winter thrills.
1. Forest Hill (AKA Seven Bumps or Dead Man’s Hill)
This is a hidden gem and a favorite for many locals. It sits oh-so-quietly on the East Side Hill next to the Forest Hill Cemetery, but we promise, it’s not too spooky. Bring your sled or snowboard and check out this gentle slope that's perfect for all ages.
2. Oakwood Hills Park
If you’re looking for something over by Oakwood Mall, swing by Oakwood Hills Park on Golf Road. It’s small enough for the younger kids while still offering a bit of a thrill for the older ones. Even the parents shouldn't be afraid to go down this one!
3. Pinehurst Hill
They aren’t lying when they say Pinehurst Hill is the crown jewel of all sledding hills. This old ski hill is a favorite as you literally rocket down trying to dodge bumps and any moving object. Just be careful on your walk up and as you sled down making sure to cushion your landing! Pinehurst Park is essentially Eau Claire's own winter theme park so, there are plenty of other winter activities you and the family can enjoy here too.
4. Putnam Prairie
Putnam Prairie has quite the slope, and it's quite underrated. You can work your way through the Putnam Park trail (past Putnam Rock) until you get to the small prairie area, placing you at the bottom of the hill. Then the only way left is up! (And then back down of course). This is one hill you will probably get all to yourself, so get a group and start your adventure.
If you're in the Pinehurst Park area, but aren't quite up to facing that iconic hill, no worries. There is a much smaller alternative. The hill behind Northstar Middle School is close by and offers a much smaller slope. Since you won’t have to climb up quite as far, you’ll get to make more trips down until your cheeks get rosy and your toes are almost numb. So worth it!
6. Delong Middle School
Behind the baseball field at Delong Middle School, you’ll find plenty of space for sledding. So, round up your family and friends for a thrill on the hill! It’s not too steep, but it’s still perfect for that joyride with maybe a few bumps to surprise you on the way down.
7. Jelly Bean Hill (Behind Altoona Family Restaurant)
This slope residing behind the infamous Altoona Family Restaurant is gaining the attention of Chippewa Valley Natives. Bring your sled to join the generations that have sled down this hill before.
8. Centennial Park
Another great hill located in Altoona is at Centennial Park. It will have you traveling up and down for hours and having the time of your life. Get park details and information from Altoona Parks & Recreation website.
Make the most of the beautiful Wisconsin snow this winter and don’t forget to pre-plan your go-to coffee shop for warming up with hot cocoa afterward. Keep warm and sled on. Commemorate your day on the slopes with lots of pictures, and share them with us using #CaptureEC and #EauWinter!