With the weather turning colder and the parks now “winterized,” it’s easy to just want to stay inside and sit on the couch. But winter in your St. Louis County Parks is anything but boring.

The Parks department offers a wide variety of events and activities for you and your family to participate in to stay active and healthy.

Sledding is a fun activity for kids and adults. Some of the best hills in the County can be found at the following parks:

  • Sioux Passage
  • Endicott Park in North County
  • Suson Park in South County
  • The scenic circle at Jefferson Barracks Park
  • The hill behind the Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park. 

Sled riding is permitted in all St. Louis County Parks except for Lone Elk, Veterans Memorial and Kennedy.

Though sledding can be a great deal of fun, it’s important to take a few safety precautions in order to make sure the adventure isn’t tainted by injury:

  • Be sure to bundle up and wear clothing that is waterproof and warm.
  • Don’t go alone – make sure there is another person, preferably another adult who could administer first aid and call 911 if necessary
  • Always sit face-forward on the sled and don’t go down the hill face-first, this greatly increases the risk of a head injury.
  • There should only be one person per sled with the exception of kids five and under who should sled with an adult.
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the sledder in front of you and when walking back up, walk up the side of the hill.

Cross country skiing is also permitted in all St. Louis County parks except for Kennedy and Veterans Memorial. Special programming, including lessons and ski equipment rental, may be offered in selected areas.

Another fun winter activity is snowmobiling which is only permitted in Sioux Passage and Antire Valley with a minimum snow depth of 2”. Snowmobiling does not include 3-wheel motorcycles, quadrunners or any other type of off-road vehicles. Snowmobiling is not allowed on park trails.

Another activity that brings fun to the winter “blahs,” is ice skating. Our ice rinks, located at the Kennedy Recreation Complex in South County and the Greensfelder Recreation Complex in Queeny Park, offer public open skate times, family-friendly events, birthday parties and learn-to-state sessions. Ice skating is not only lots of fun, but also offers a great deal of health benefits.  

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Park Postings:

(As of 8/6/20 10:00 a.m.)

The Kennedy Recreation Complex Pool is closed due to mechanical issues.

The 5 mile loop at Cliff Cave is closed due to flooding. The 1 mile loop is still open.

The Bottomland Trail at Blake C Snyder Park is closed.