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Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville

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#54 of 162 in Parks in Maryland
Oregon Ridge Park is a 1043acre park in Cockeysville, Maryland. The park features walking and hiking trails, 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 »
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  • Great, for the area! We were there for the maple syrup-making event and had a great time walking through the park, tapping the maple trees, and being able to sample syrup at various stages. They had syrup to buy, a couple partial structures dating back to the 1700s, trails, and a small Museum/nature center, featuring artifacts, several live animal exhibits, and information displays. Tthere is also a small body of water and a nice restaurant nearby.
  • Great hiking opener for my 4 year olds. Enough for them to look forward to seeing along the trip verses 1 big payoff at the end.
  • Pretty well marked trail system. Sometimes I get confused when crossing the power lines. Beautifully maintained. Trails are wide. Nature center is great for kids.
  • Excellent county park. Great nature center. Come out for some events! And the trails! And the educational grounds!
  • 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.

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