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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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We hiked the trails more than once during our stay in Hunt Valley. It is well kept with varying degrees of difficulty. It was nice and cool under the trees during what was a hot couple of days. The Na...  more »
  • This is a very nice park. A playground and picnic areas on one side of the hill and a nature museum and hiking trails on the other side. There is a lake , a flooded quarry that used to have swimming a...  more »
  • Nice spacious park with the big playground for the kids. Went there with my husband to fly the drone. Beautiful fields.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • It's a nice park there is a little bit of a Nature Center it's spacious enough to accommodate a decent-sized crowd and they hold a variety of events there with the course of the year
  • 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.