Oak Hill Wood dates back to at least the 11th century, when it was owned by the church. After the dissolution of the monasteries, church lands were sold in 1536-38 and incorporated in the Oak Hill Estate. In 1930 East Barnet Council acquired the land and Oak Hill Park, including Oak Hill Wood, was opened in 1933. In 1997 the wood was designated a Local Nature Reserve. An area of rough grassland in Oak Hill Park is included in the LNR.
There is access from Mansfield Avenue, Daneland and Brookside, as well as from Oak Hill Park.