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:20 miles
Park Acreage:3042 acres
City/County/
State:
Jefferson
Township/Morris/NJ
Buy Trail Map:Jersey Highlands: Central North Region Trails Map
Web Map:Morris Park Commission trail map
Buy Book:Hiking the Jersey Highlands - Illustrated Guide

Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
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 offers year-round trailer, 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.  A trail map,  available on the park's web site, is also linked above near the top of this page.

  • 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.

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