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Oregon Ridge Nature Center

The Nature Center is located within the 1100-acre Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore County. The Nature Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday and the park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The park was an active iron-ore and marble mining operation during the mid-19th century. Visitors can enjoy learning about the past through mining town remains and several interpretive displays. In addition to the historical displays, several exhibits on natural history can be found along the trails. Throughout the school year over 9,000 public, private and home school children participate in environmental education field trips.


Hikers will enjoy almost five miles of trails that vary in difficulty and pass through a variety of habitats including forests, meadows, lakes and streams. Bikes and horses are not permitted and dogs must be leashed at all times. Please be courteous and responsible by cleaning up after your pet.

Photo of the entrance to the Oregon Ridge Nature Center.

Weekend and Special Events

The nature center also provides weekend programming and special events. These are free and open to the public.

  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Birding
  • Wildflowers
  • Native Americans
  • Campfires and Canoeing
  • Honey Harvest
  • Maple Sugar Weekends
  • Music in the Woods

If you are interested in programs or events, visit the council website at Meetings of the Oregon Ridge Council are held on the third Monday of the month. All are welcome.

Contact Information

Location: 13555 Beaver Dam Road
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
Phone: 410-887-1815
T.D.D./Deaf 410-887-5319


  • Take Baltimore Beltway (I-695) toward Towson.
  • Take Interstate 83 North (Exit 24).
  • Continue North to Exit 20-B (Shawan Road West).
  • At first light make a left. (Beaver Dam Road).
  • Make an immediate right (between the red shed and the Oregon Grill).
  • Go across bridge.
  • Fork right (following one way signs).
  • You will see the Beach Building on left.
  • Continue to the paved parking lot for the Nature Center.
  • Nature Center is located at the top of the path.

Revised September 24, 2015

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