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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, 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.
The 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. Add Oregon Ridge Park and other attractions to your Cockeysville trip itinerary using our Cockeysville trip itinerary maker tool.
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  • My 18yo son and I walked around the white and red trails at the nearby nature center. The trails are quite hilly and usually wide enough for us to walk side by side. Next time, we might add the... 
    My 18yo son and I walked around the white and red trails at the nearby nature center. The trails are quite hilly and usually wide enough for us to walk side by side. Next time, we might add the...  more »
  • There are about 8 miles of trails around this park; some interesting sights including a small lake, nature center, ruins of an old mill area and plenty of wildlife. I can imagine this place gets... 
    There are about 8 miles of trails around this park; some interesting sights including a small lake, nature center, ruins of an old mill area and plenty of wildlife. I can imagine this place gets...  more »
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  • It’s a pretty place with lots of playgrounds and has a cool lake. It’s a hike though. Also no wading or swimming in the water. They have toads and turtles in the pond. There are many places for picnics and you can barbecue there as well.
  • I love this park, the trails are amazing! Some easy, challenging and fun! 🧡. I challenged myself to experience every trail and I did… it felt great! 😌

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