Trail

Oregon Ridge Park: Gazebo and Play/Learn loop

Cockeysville, MD
Length: 1.00 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Oregon Ridge Park has a variety of trail options. Perfect for the sure footed is this one mile loop. You’ll gain elevation but the view and seat will be worth it. Plus, what little child (or adult) doesn’t love sprinting downhill?

Start by parking in the lot closest to the Nature Center, walk up to the center, but don’t go in just yet (or do and take your bathroom break). Wave to the oppossom and cross the bridge. Turn right up the red trail and follow along until it splits to the left. Follow the ridge trail (yellow) uphill until you reach the gazebo. Oregon Ridge is an old quarry site, so you’ll see flecks of Mica in the rocks and soil. On sunny days we often call this the golden trail for just that reason. Be on the lookout for toads and snakes as well as spiders. After taking a rest or snack break in the gazebo, turn RIGHT down the red logger trail (if you continue the way you came up you’ll eventually loop back to the parking lot but it’s a much longer trail). This shadded portion of the red trail cuts down to a steam which can either be covered in skunk cabbage or frozen over depending on the time of year. It’s also full of oaks so beautiful acorns abound. Once you’ve reached the stream you’ll be changing elevation and will soon reach a point (painted tree arrival) where you can walk down the painted tree trail to the backside of the nature playground OR you can continue on the red trail until you reach the same bridge you started at.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Visitor Center

*Sections of this hike may get really muddy during wet weather. Change of clothes and shoes are definitely advisable.

*The nature play area also a nice covered pavilion perfect for a picnic and an enclosed Native garden for butterflies.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Depending on the hour/day/weather or events, parking can become packed. Check out Oregon Ridge website or social media to see if there are any events as that tends to be busy and may cost $ to park.
https://www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org

Trail Contributor

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Hey! I started as a BA in 2016 because I was looking for ways to not only connect with other outdoor fanatics but to also find a way to encourage new parents and caretakers the courage and support to find ways to get outside. There is no greater joy than watching a child come alive outside! I am happy to help you find the best- for you- Trails, Parks and Epic Play areas in and around Maryland….and add some fun facts in the mix.

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