Oregon Ridge Nature Center and Trails

There’s a lot to see at  Oregon Ridge, so I decided to break it up into a couple of visits. Today, was a gray day, and I thought a trip to the Nature Center would keep us warm and dry. My goal was simple: see some turtles. The Nature Center is a contemporary building tucked back in the woods. Inside, we found aquariums and terrariums filled with hissing cockroaches, snakes, newts and yes... turtles! Mission accomplished. There were also a number of exhibits that don’t creep or crawl, a lot of taxidermied animals that gave me the creepy crawlies, but that’s okay, and a busy honeybee hive.

As we headed for the exit, I couldn’t help but let the kids check out the trails. The land around Oregon Ridge Nature Center was a bustling iron ore and marble mining operation in the mid-19th century. We wandered past a reconstructed tenant house and found some well tended and very fancy chickens. The kids stopped and introduced themselves. Yes, to the chickens. I love the crazy part of being three. A little further on, we found the handicapped accessible trail. On a rainy day, with toddlers, this is a big help. The trail takes us past a few beautiful lookout spots. There are much longer trails that go for miles, but we will save those for spring when our legs are a bit longer.

Oregon Ridge has lots of activities throughout the year including a honey harvest festival and maple sugaring.


Oregon Ridge Park

13555 Beaver Dam Rd

Cockeysville, MD 21030

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