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Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville

4.8
#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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  • July 30, 2017
    Went to the park and was told that we couldn't use one area because it was reserved. They could have put up a sign saying a particular area was reserved and they didn't which was very annoying when we...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Lots to see, unique playground, and interest for our grandkids ages 6 and 3. Inside play area and animals to see. We've been there several times and will go back again.  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    I grew up near Oregon Ridge and was able to take advantage of a lot of the camps and tours they offer. Their main building has ll kinds of animals- live and stuffed,and a well trained staff to answer ...  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Beautful park. Several trails ranging from beginner to advanced. Some historical monuments with information, as well as conservation projects are scattered throughout the front of the park. There are bird watching sites with feeders. Lots of wildlife to be heard and seen which I love. Pet friendly as long as you keep your dog cleaned up after and on a leash. I bring my dog here almost every day, she goes crazy when we take the turn into the park 😊🐢🐦
  • June 9, 2017
    One of the best hiking experiences. I love trail running and this place is so perfect for that. There are some trails for children where they can see farm animals and rabbits. It's a fairytale.
  • February 3, 2017
    This is a great spot for hiking. Parking is super easy, and there are a bunch of different options for trails, depending on how far you want to walk. The trails are almost entirely under tree cover, so you will have lots of shade in the summer when it's hot! There is also a creek that one trails follows for a short distance, and you can go down and put your feet in if you like. There's also a really great vista of Hunt Valley along one trail. If you have kids: there's a really neat nature center at the trailhead!
  • June 19, 2017
    Great place to hike. Nice and hilly. Lots of trees. Nice nature center
  • April 28, 2017
    Not the most diverse park, but you sure can get a workout on the hilly trails of this park. I guess can also be a place for kids with the playground on one end a nature center, complete with preserved animals, on the other. If you are a trail runner or need to condition yourself for hills, this is the place to get in shape. Some of the trails can be bland looking at times, but there are some spots that are hidden gems and for that this place gets an easy 4 stars for its proximity to 83 and to civilization in general.

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