Oregon Ridge Park

Hunt Valley, Maryland

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Hike up and down hills in one of the Baltimore area’s most popular parks. Oregon Ridge has become well known around Baltimore for many things: its annual Fourth of July celebration with a performance by the excellent Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, its crosscountry skiing trails, the swimming beach, the restaurant, and the theater. Hiking doesn’t usually make the top of the list, and that’s a shame because the trails in the park offer a great trek. You’ll feel like you are a world away when you step on the trails at Oregon Ridge Park. The land where the Oregon Ridge Nature Center now sits was an iron ore and marble mining operation during the mid-nineteenth century.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Hike up and down hills in one of the Baltimore area’s most popular parks. Oregon Ridge has become well known around Baltimore for many things: its annual Fourth of July celebration with a performance by the excellent Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, its crosscountry skiing trails, the swimming beach, the restaurant, and the theater. Hiking doesn’t usually make the top of the list, and that’s a shame because the trails in the park offer a great trek.

You’ll feel like you are a world away when you step on the trails at Oregon Ridge Park. The land where the Oregon Ridge Nature Center now sits was an iron ore and marble mining operation during the mid-nineteenth century.

©  Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hunt Valley
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Gain: 410 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Oregon Ridge Park
Local Maps: USGS Cockeysville
Driving Directions: Directions to Oregon Ridge Park

Recent Trail Reviews

3/19/2011
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Two nice loops with some fun elevation climbs. The more remote loop - Ivy Hill Yellow Trail is the more exciting part as you have about 4-5 stream crossings.


8/2/2008
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7/8/2007
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Good trail, good directions. A few notes about the last part of the hike - at the last pipeline clearing, go uphill a few yards and you will see where the trail continues; after that you will get to a T, go right and walk through the picnic area; when you get through the lake, exit through the bathhouse (all other gates were closed on the summer Saturday we hiked.)


6/10/2007
0

This trail was a pleasant surprise! It is a well maintained trail traversing the forest of a Baltimore County park. The path follows lovely streams, passes a beautiful pond, overlooks the swimming lake where the quarry used to be, and meanders through forests dense with mountain laurel and deciduous trees. We spotted a deer along the way. While much of the path is level, there are enough ups and downs to give a bit of a workout. A hiking pole isn't necessary, but would have been welcome on a couple of the steeper declines and as balance crossing streams. It is a trail I'd like to do in four seasons. An enjoyable afternoon outing, all in all. My only regret is that I didn't check it out sooner! On a hot summer day, I'd suggest hiking early and spending the afternoon relaxing/swimming at the lake. There's a charge for swimming, but the trails are free.



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