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5 Awesome Mountain Spots To Go Sledding in NC for FREE

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Can’t wait for some snow to go sledding? In South Carolina, you won’t find many places with snow for sledding, but sledding in NC is worth the day trip! South Carolina doesn’t frequently see a ton of snow, so if you’re looking to go sledding in South Carolina we recommend heading up to the mountains of Western North Carolina. So, grab those gloves and sleds and read on for sledding in NC. Enjoy some winter fun, for free!

Places to go snow sledding in North Carolina

Looking for a bit more excitement? Head to the Kidding Around list of The Best Ski Slopes and Snow Tubing Near Greenville


Where to Sled in Brevard, North Carolina

*Distance – Approximately 1 Hour from the Upstate
The Pisgah National Forest offers visitors plenty of space to play in the snow and pull sleds around.

One reader suggested the area behind Calvary Baptist Church for the perfect sledding hill.

Sledding off The Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

*Distance – Varies 1-3+ Hours from the Upstate
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park Milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers a safe spot for sledding, but getting to this spot might be tricky depending on the road conditions. The Parkway often closes during inclement weather, making reaching certain spots along this highway difficult to access. This is both a curse and a blessing. The Blue Ridge Parkway being shut down offers families a unique opportunity to sled right on the road.

For up-to-the-minute road closure information, head to the Road Closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway page. To take a peek at what Milepost 241 on the Parkway looks like, head to the Bluffs Restaurant Webcam.

For more safety tips and info about The Blue Ridge Parkway in winter, head to the Blue Ridge Parkway Facebook page.

Land of Oz overlook on Beech Mountain in North Carolina

Go Sledding in Beech Mountain, NC

*Distance – Approximately 2.5 Hours from the Upstate
Just north of Banner Elk, The mountain town of Beech Mountain is most famous for being the home of The Land of Oz. In addition to the Beech Mountain Resort located off Beech Mountain Parkway, the city offers a free sledding hill located right behind the Brick Oven Pizzeria at 110 Bark Park Way, Beech Mountain. This sledding hill’s location is new for 2024, and is said to be much better than the original one that was once behind the visitors center. It is larger and much safer due to increased parking, fenced-in location, and no obstructions in the middle of the run. There is also a bathroom and a playground, so you can plan to stay a while!

The Beech Mountain Sledding Hill is open seven days a week, weather permitting, and requires the use of a plastic sled. If you don’t have one handy, you can purchase or rent one from several of the ski shops around the mountain.

There is so much to see and do in Beech Mountain, while this is close enough to be a day trip, you will want to stay and explore! It has one of the more visited ski resorts on the East Coast and is a popular destination for winter sports! Check out the live Beech Mountain webcam, and the Buckeye Lake webcam to see the local conditions before you head out.

Where to Go Sledding in Boone, North Carolina

*Distance – Approximately 2.5 Hours from the Upstate
Near the eastern Tennesse border, Boone, North Carolina sees its fair share of snow. Depending on the driving conditions, this is an easy day trip to make for a day playing in the snow. Alternatively, you could plan a last-minute weekend getaway and stay overnight to play in the snow even longer. Head to The town of Boone’s webcam so you can check up on the snow status in real time!

Boone Jaycee Park & Strawberry Hill Overlook is a public park that offers sledding on Strawberry Hill. Be sure to stop for a bathroom break before you head to the park because the restrooms within walking distance are closed during the winter months.

Blowing Rock, North Carolina has several parks that offer a great opportunity for snow play! Blowing Rock Memorial Park has surfaces for older kids to slide down, as well as plenty of open flat areas for snow-play and building snow-folks. The Julian Price Memorial Park in Blowing Rock is also a great place for sledding.

*Approximate drive times are calculated from the Greenville/Spartanburg Airport and can vary based on road conditions. Please check for road closures and hazards before heading to a location listed here during or immediately after inclement weather.


Winter Guide to Greenville, SC

Find more amazing things to do with your family in our Kidding Around Winter Guide!


While visiting the mountains, check out our Guide to Western North Carolina to find things to do, places to stay, and fun activities.

Kidding Around WNC: things to do in Western North Carolina towns

50+ Things to Do This Winter Break: Greenville, SC

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Need ideas for things to do this winter break? Greenville and Upstate students are out of school for the next couple of weeks, so we’ve put together a huge list of over 50 things in the Upstate that you can do with your kids during the winter break. You’ll find fun activities, day trip ideas, and ways to have a great time while keeping your kids busy while school is out.

Things to do during winter break with your kids in Greenville, South Carolina

If you have any more suggestions for ways to keep your children busy while school is out let us know in the comments!
This list contains affiliate links and may include non-paid mentions of KAG sponsors.


Winter Guide to Greenville, SC

Don’t let the cold bring you down.

Our KA Winter Guide to Greenville, SC will help you plan the best day ever!

Have fun this winter with these FREE & cheap things to do near Greenville, SC.

Winter break camp

Keep your kids busy at one of these winter break camps near Greenville, SC.

Kidding Around Greenville events calendar for Greenville, SC

Stuck on what to do? Our events calendar is full of the best events for families in the Upstate!


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Where to Go Ice Skating Near Greenville, SC

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Searching for ‘where to go ice skating near me’? While I’m far from being the next Olympic ice skater, I like to try my hand at it every year and luckily there are plenty of places to go ice skating near Greenville, SC! So lace up your skates, grab your coat, and have fun sliding around at one of these top ice rinks near the Upstate.

Ice on Main Skating
Winter Guide to Greenville, SC

Looking for more winter fun? Here’s your ultimate guide to experiencing winter in Greenville, SC.

The Pavilion Recreation Ice Skating, Greenville, SC

Year-Round
The Pavilion Recreation Complex’s ice rink is open year-round! You can free skate during public skate times or take lessons.

The Pavilion Recreation Complex Ice Skating Pricing (pricing does not include tax):

  • Kid (12 & under) – $7.50
  • Adults (13+) – $9.50
  • Seniors (55+) – $7.50
  • Skate or Walker Rental – $4.25

Read Kidding Around’s review of the Pavilion Recreation Complex.

Ice Skating at Whitewater Center — Charlotte, NC

Mid-November through mid-February (check website for dates)
The Whitewater Center opens their 24,000+ square foot ice rink every year. There are four distinct skating areas with two ice trails and two free skate zones.

Find out all about Whitewater Center Ice Skating in our Kidding Around Charlotte review!

Whitewater Center Ice Skating Pricing:

  • Included with All-Access Pass
  • $25 Single Activity Day Pass

The Ultimate Guide to Fun with Kids in Charlotte, North Carolina

Want more ice skating options? Plan a day trip! These ice skating rinks near Atlanta are still open for winter 2024!

Ice on Main, Greenville, SC

November 15th, 2023 – January 15th, 2024 (CLOSED 2024)
United Community’s Ice on Main opens every year mid-November and is open 7 days a week through mid-January. Located at Village Green next to the Courtyard Marriott, kids (and grown-ups) of all ages ice skate in the heart of downtown Greenville.

Ice on Main 2023 Pricing:

  • Adults – $10
  • Children – $8
  • Under 2 – Free

Read Kidding Around’s review of Ice on Main to get more information.

Founders Holiday Ice Rink – Rock Hill, SC

November 18th, 2023 – January 15th, 2024 (CLOSED 2024)
Founders Holiday Ice Rink is located in the heart of Old Town across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill, SC. It’s a popular place to lace up your skates this holiday season.

Founders Holiday Ice Rink Pricing:

  • $15 | 90-minute session 

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Where’s your favorite place to go ice skating near Greenville, SC?

Roller skating rinks near Greenville, South Carolina

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Roller skating rinks: Greenville, SC