Oregon Ridge Park and Lodge
Park Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Manager: Susan Cormack
Administrative Aide: Julia Mattson
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
13401 Beaver Dam Road
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
Aerial view of Balloon Festival May 2000.
Our facility has been owned and operated by Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks since 1969 and encompasses 1,043 beautiful acres. The park offers a variety of recreational activities that are open to the public all year round. Oregon Ridge features:
The beach is closed for the 2016 season. For more information, please contact the park office.
Oregon Ridge Park and Lodge plays host to many events throughout the year. Please check back for updates.
Saturday, August 20
Saturday, September 24
Sunday, September 25
Saturday, October 1
Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars
Sunday, October 2
Please call 443-524-0284 for more information.
Convenient to Baltimore, Washington, Southern Pennsylvania and Delaware, we are able to accommodate indoor and outdoor events ranging from 10 to 5,000. With lodging and restaurants only minutes away, Oregon Ridge is the perfect place for your next affair. You can rent any combination of areas or if preferred, all of the park. We would be happy to meet with you and tailor a program to your specific needs. Please contact the park office to arrange an appointment to visit our facility, or for rental fees and availability.
On the property comprising the present day Oregon Ridge Park and Nature Center, iron ore and marble stone were discovered in the 1830s. The following decade, Oregon Ridge became the site of a successful iron ore and marble mining operation. In order to process the iron ore efficiently and profitably, local entrepreneurs constructed an iron smelting furnace along what today is called Oregon Branch Stream. Extracted marble stone was used on site in the iron smelting process and to supply high quality building material for the construction of many private and institutional structures in Maryland and adjacent states.
To support the mining and iron smelting activities, an industrial village housing 250 people developed just to the north of the present location of Oregon Ridge Nature Center. Irish immigrants and emancipated slaves comprised the labor force that lived and worked in the town. Several of the original town buildings remain visible in the landscape today.
In conjunction with the Baltimore County Public School's archaeology program, students conduct systematic excavations and historical research to recover evidence that shows what life was like for the mid-19th century residents of Oregon Ridge. Many sites are available for public viewing in the nature center, including observable excavations, artifact displays, a self-guided walking history tour and a reconstructed 1850s tenant house that serves as the museum.