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Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville

#51 of 105 in Parks in Maryland
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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  • I appreciate ALL the activities: classes, exhibits, book club, speakers, etc. What a great spot for cultivating knowledge and love of nature -- for all ages.  more »
  • There are several trails here that are nice hikes with dogs. It's easy because parking isn't too difficult and there are restrooms at the trailhead.  more »
  • Oregon ridge Park is a great quiet place in a very busy county. I love how they mix the history of the mining of the iron ore and limestone with the operation of the old iron furnace. The trails are w...  more »
  • The Organ Ridge is a staple of northern Maryland. During the winter it hosts many winter activities. During the summer its a perfect place for a picnic. It's a great spot for 'round-the-year fun.
  • Used to love the place until they ruined tons of trees with paint for recovering addicts. Nice sentiment but NOT the place for it. I don't take my kids hiking to see trashed nature and be reminded of drug addicts.
  • A great place to hike and enjoy nature. My son has been coming here for years and now we bring my granddaughter. She loves the freedom of walking through the meadow, seeing the fowl and riding in a backpack for hikes.
  • I love Oregon Ridge. Loads of great trails. A variety of critters that are with the nature center. Symphony does summer shows. Community dinner theater. Wonderful respite from the city.
  • Fantastic trails. Definitely not for beginners due to rustic trails, steep hills, narrow paths and no on trail facilities.
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