(The Triangle Trend) — We all know that in NC snow is one of the most random weather occurrences experienced—but that doesn’t mean they’re not long-awaited. Snow is one of those magical sights that draw kids away from their screens and into the great outdoors.
After they get bored with forming their own Frosty the snowman and creating snow angels, there’s just one activity left that’ll make up the perfect day of winter fun. And no, we’re not talking about hot cocoa (although a cup of it never hurts anything).
Sledding is one of those winter activities that lots of kids in the Triangle area, which is known for being relatively flat, miss out on. This year, make sure your kids can get in on all the fun.
Of the very few safe and hilly areas in the Triangle for sledding is Dorothea Dix Park.
On February 21, 2020, WRAL News shared a video clip of families sledding at Dorothea Dix Park, with the reporter describing the park as “the ideal spot for sledding.” The hills are described as “nice and rounded and not too steep.”
Moms, dads, kids, and anyone else are welcome to bring a plastic sled and try out the hills for themselves. Although this is an outside activity, still expect to adhere to social distancing guidelines as mandated statewide.
The hills are nice and spacious, with even enough room for building snowmen and other winter activities. Where else would you go in Raleigh for such a well-rounded venue for sledding?
Of course, the true key to fun here is making sure to be safe and smart. If you’re bringing kids, take maturity levels into account before sending them off on their own. Sledding is tons of fun but can understandably turn dangerous if a child doesn’t know what he or she is doing.
Also bear in mind that Dorothea Dix Park doesn’t have a designated area for sledding. They have hills that make them a good area for sledding but you should call ahead to make sure you and your family will be able to access said hills.
The hills are both smooth and bumpy with a few obstructions to watch out for. The slopes don’t exceed 25 degrees and the lengths run between 100 to 200 feet. All the hills are grassy, which makes for a relatively safer experience than concrete or gravel.
There’s nearby accessible parking so you won’t have to worry about ripping your hair out over that. Depending on the time of day you go, you may even spot college kids on unconventional sledding mediums. We’re talking surfboards, skateboards, inner tubes, airbeds, or interesting items.
There are multiple entrances to Dorothea Dix Park. The most widely used entrances are Hunt Drive at Western Boulevard, South Boylan Avenue at Western Boulevard, Umstead Drive at Lake Wheeler Road, and Goode Street at Lake Wheeler Road. On weekends, visitors may park in any of the parking areas striped green.
Just in case you’re not quite sure what to expect, Dorothea Dix Park is 308 acres of both natural scenery and historical sights. The park is one of the most exciting new park projects in America and there’s always something going on.
Address: 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: (919) 996-3285