Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

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Park Overview:

Offers year-round 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:12 miles
Park Acreage:3042 acres
City/County/
State:
Jefferson
Township/Morris/NJ
Buy Trail Map:Jersey Highlands: Central North Region Trails Map
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Park Description:

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Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, named after a former New Jersey governor and United States senator, is the largest Morris County park [3,042 acres].   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 offers year-round trailer, tent and lean-to camping [Information: 973-697-3140]. 

Trails Overview:

Many trails in the reservation 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.  In addition to the logging roads, there are four blazed trails, including the Highlands Trail [teal diamond blaze].   Trail map is available on the park's web site.

  • 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
Directions:

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
973-326-7631
Region:Morris County
Fees:None

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The Highlands Trail

 

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