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.
Weekend and Special Events
The nature center also provides weekend programming and special events. These are free and open to the public.
- 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 www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org. Meetings of the Oregon Ridge Council are held on the third Monday of the month. All are welcome.
- Take I-695 toward Towson.
- Take I-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 for Nature Center.
- Nature Center is located at the top of the path.
Revised September 24, 2013