Mahlon Dickerson Reservation



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Park Overview:

Open year-around for hiking, the park also offers seasonal camping in the rugged western part of Morris County with old logging roads and blazed trails. Can access the Weldon Brook Wildlife Management Area and the Rockaway WMA.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing, Handicapped
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:20 miles
Park Acreage:3346 acres
Buy Trail Map:Jersey Highlands: Central North Region Trails Map
Buy Book:Hiking the Jersey Highlands - Illustrated Guide

Park Description:

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, named after a former New Jersey governor and United States senator, is the largest Morris County park.  It is a rugged area pinched between the Rockaway Wildlife Management Area to the east and the Weldon Brook Wildlife Management Area in Sussex County to the west.  One of the Reservation's outstanding features is Headley Overlook, one of the highest points in the Morris County Park System.

The Reservation is open daily Sunrise to Sunset throughout the year. The Campground Office is open seasonally April 1 to November 30 -- Wednesday to Friday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for RV sites, tent and lean-to camping [Information: 973-697-3140]. 

Trails Overview:

The reservation offers 10 blazed trails, including the Highlands Trail [teal diamond blaze], plus others that follow old logging roads.  An attractive hike is the Pine Swamp Loop Trail [white; 3.8 miles] that goes to the edge of the Pine Swamp, a wet area densely covered with spruce, rhododendron and native azalea.  Also, the highest point in Morris County at 1395 feet elevation is along this trail.  Use Web Map link to locate a trail map.

  • Several trails lead into the wildlife management areas on either side of the Reservation.  Topographical maps of Weldon Brook WMA and Rockaway WMA are available at: Table of Wildlife Management Areas

Click for detailed descriptions of hikes in the reservation [trailhead GPS coordinates included].  Click for a description of the Highlands Trail segment in the reservation.

An on-line trail map is available on the Reservation's web site [see Contact Information]


From exit 34B on I80 N, take NJ-15 N for 4.4 miles. Exit on Weldon Road. Take Weldon Road 3.1 miles to a right turn into the Saffin Pond Parking Area.

Contact Information:Morris County Park Commission
Region:Morris County
Fees:Some times and places; check with park