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Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville

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#55 of 206 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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  • Oregon Ridge is a beautiful place for hiking, picnicking, cookouts, dog walking and nature viewing. Gone there in the summer many times for company outings. Nice covered pavilions and large fields for ball playing, etc. The long trails are filled with birds, deer, snakes, bugs, plants, trees and flowers. Really nice family and dog friendly environment.
  • Beautiful I just had a band concert there and loved it it is an amazing place yo perform and watch other performances. There us plenty of parking and my little cousin loves the playground. The stage is amazing I truly love performing there every year. There are plenty of hiking trails and all of the employees are the nicest people I have ever met, this is a perfect place to bring your dog to tire them out.
  • Really Nice. Several ways to take the trail. I got there just as the sun was coming up so; definitely not crowded .got nice pictures. Then I took a one way trail to the lake. Decided to walk the rim (around to the left instead of towards the playground ) Very challenging ! Kept going It was all I could do to get back up to the trail. (Whew..)soft loose dirt mostly. Threw my bags up, pulled myself up.I did
  • Always enjoy taking my little ones. I love the quiteness of just nature!

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