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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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  • Perfect place for an enjoyable walk. Numerous trails of varying length with scattered to almost full shade. Trails are hard surface.  more »
  • We love Oregon Ridge! We run the trails a lot and they are well maintained. It can get a little crowded during the nice weather days, but not over crowded. There's plenty of things to see in the natur...  more »
  • Good place to take your children or grandchildren. Small nature center that is not overwhelming for children. There are restored buildings that show what structures looked like in a blast furnace comm...  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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