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Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville

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Oregon Ridge Park is a 1043acre park in Cockeysville, Maryland. The park features walking and hiking trails, a swimming beach, a nature center, picnic and recreation areas, a lodge, and cross-country skiing and sledding.The park is the location of an annual Fourth of July celebration, which includes a concert by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.HistoryThe site for the park was originally owned by John Merryman during the 1800s.The park was built on the site of some abandoned Goethite (iron ore) and marble quarries dating back to the 1830s. One of the quarries, now filled with water, is a lake used for swimming.The park was previously used for downhill skiing in the 1960s, but warmer temperatures in the region and the cost of artificially producing snow made this usage impractical. Remnants of the lifts are still present, and the main slope is used as a seating area for outdoor concerts.In 1990, the park acquired the Merryman Tract, which includes the valley of the Baisman Run, expanding to the south of the original park area.
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  • This is a wonderful nature center. We are members here and go often. We had my son's birthday party here in the summer, we bring guests here, we go sledding when there is snow and we attend their even...  more »
  • Oregon Ridge is a favorite for a little hiking, with your dog, the family or just by yourself. There are trails of various lengths and difficulty, and a beautiful large natural pond int he woods. This...  more »
  • Serene trails, petting zoo, reptiles museum - all make this place an ideal get-away spot for families 
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  • One of the best places for hiking in N. Baltimore County. It's free and trails are well marked along with being able to get a hike a few miles long. There are basically two entrances. One is the nature center and the other is a the lodge where you can take the ski hill up to some trails. Fun Fact! American Chestnuts are being reintroduced here.
  • Nice small nature center and some large homes, but what really steals the show is the hiking trails. We'll maintained and scenic. Note the ponds are no longer open for swimming.
  • Great place to hike. There is a shorter and a longer trail i hike regularly. They have an old ski slope that is great for running and down for a workout as well!
  • Oregon Ridge is a delightful park in which to go hiking or to enjoy the natural scenery. They have several hiking trails which are beautiful to explore and range in difficulty from a short relatively flat track to essentially hiking up the side of a ridge. They also have a nature center attached which has animals and other learning experiences for children. The trails are all generally dirt pack so I wouldn't recommend visiting after any period of rain unless you enjoy slogging through mud butt on any other dry day, you'll absolutely enjoy the beautiful wooded landscape.
  • Great easy to moderate trails and nature center with regular free or nearly free fun events for people of all ages.