WebTrac the online reservation system will be down for maintenance.

The reservation system will not be available on Wednesdays, May 22nd from 6:00 AM to Noon.

Mahlon Dickerson RV Camping Area

Mahlon Dickerson RV Camping Area

955 Weldon Road
Jefferson Township, NJ 07849

955 Weldon Road
Jefferson Township, NJ 07849

T: (973) 697 - 3140

Hours:
M-F: 7 am - Dark
Sat-Sun: 7 am - Dark

Directions

Tucked within Mahlon Dickerson Reservation’s 3,590+ acre park, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Campground is a nature lover’s dream with RV, tent, and Adirondack Shelter camping sites available.

With its mix of Recreational Vehicle (RV), tent, and Adirondack (ADK) Shelter camping sites, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Campground is perfect for both beginner and experienced campers. Eighteen (18) paved RV areas offer electric and seasonal water hook-ups plus a picnic table and a fire ring or charcoal grill. The largest site can accommodate an RV up to 44’. Eight (8) tent sites and four (4) Adirondack Shelter sites are available for guests seeking a more rustic stay. Each tent or shelter site comes with a raised tent platform, picnic table, and fire ring. All RV, tent, and ADK shelter camp sites are situated in the woods and provide a peaceful haven to reconnect with nature.

Recreational Vehicle (RV) Sites


Recreational Vehicle (RV) sites are available for guests who travel with Motorhomes (Class A/B/C), Trailers/Fifth Wheels or Pop-Up Campers.

  • (18) Sites – pad length varies in each site. All sites require back-in entry.
  • Accessibility – there is one (1) site that is more accessible than the other sites. To reserve the more accessible site please call 973.697.3140. Note: the more accessible site will become available online to the general public on a first come, first served basis 7 days before the start dates.
  • Reservations – allow for up to fourteen (14) consecutive nights and cannot exceed fourteen (14) reserved nights in a thirty (30) day period.
  • Campers – four (4) campers are included in the reservation, up to two (2) additional people can be added per site for an additional fee.
  • Electric – 15, 30, and 50 amp
  • Water Hookups – May 1 – October 1, weather permitting. Hookups are located between sites, alternating left and right. Some sites require extra hose to reach the hookup. When water hookups are winterized, water will be available at the restroom building.
  • Vehicles – One (1) RV per site and one (1) additional vehicle or trailer permitted. The RV and additional vehicle must be parked on the paved portion of the site. Do not park on the grass or gravel surrounding the site.
  • Picnic Table – One (1) per site
  • Grill/Fire Ring – One (1) charcoal grill (RV Sites 1-8) or fire ring (RV Sites 9-18). Fires are only permitted in fire rings. Outside fire pits are not permitted. Check the fire safety tips below and New Jersey Forest Fire Service website for posted fire restrictions.
  • Dumpster – available on site
  • Firewood – firewood is available for purchase on-site, $5 per bundle.
  • Restroom & Showers – available for registered campers, heated building.
  • Sanitary Dump Station – free for registered campers.
  • Council Ring – fire ring in a central location available on a first come, first served basis for registered RV campers.
  • RV Standards – “Recreational Vehicle” means a vehicular-type unit primarily designed as a temporary living quarters for recreational camping or travel use. -N.J.A.C. 8:22
  • All vehicles must be operable and in good condition.
  • RV Certification – RVs should have RVIA certification. RVIA certification states the rig complies with certain fire codes, which are important. Occasionally, exceptions can be granted on a case-by-case basis for non-RVIA rigs which seem to conform to safety requirements and are compatible with the campground.

Tent Sites


Tent Sites are a great option for first time campers, family trips, or experienced campers looking for a quiet retreat.

  • Eight (8) Tent Sites – with 12’ x 12’ tent platforms with parking at site.
  • Sites – each tent site can accommodate one (1) tent on the platform and one (1) additional tent. Maximum two (2) tents per site.
  • Accessibility – there is one (1) tent site that is more accessible than the other sites. To reserve the more accessible sites please call ahead to schedule your reservation 973.697.3140. Note: the more accessible site will become available online to the general public on a first come, first served basis 7 days before the start dates.
  • Reservations – allowed for up to two (2) consecutive nights (3 consecutive nights on a Holiday weekend) and cannot exceed two (2) reserved nights (3 reserved nights when there is a holiday) in a seven (7) day period.
  • Campers – four (4) campers are included in the reservation, up to two (2) additional people can be added per site for an additional fee.
  • Electric – None
  • Water Access – May 1 – October 1, weather permitting. Located behind shelter four (4). When water source is winterized, water will be available at the restroom building in the RV area.
  • Vehicles – two (2) vehicles are permitted per site. All vehicles must be parked in the paved areas at each tent site or the designated parking area for the shelters.
  • Picnic Table – One (1) per site
  • Fire Ring – One (1) fire ring per site. Fires are only permitted in fire rings. Outside fire pits are not permitted. Check the fire safety tips below and New Jersey Forest Fire Service website for posted fire restrictions.
  • Dumpster – available on site
  • Firewood – firewood is available for purchase on-site outside the firewood shed, located in the parking area. $5 per bundle.
  • Port-a-Johns – one (1) standard and one (1) handicap accessible unit are located on site.
  • Council Ring – large fire ring with log seats available by reservation or first come, first served basis for registered tent and shelter campers.

Adirondack Shelter Sites


Adirondack Shelter sites offer the same amenities as tent sites but also include a 9’ x 11’ lean-to, providing more protection from the elements.

  • Four (4) Adirondack Shelter Sites – 9’ x 11’ lean-to, parking located in parking lot with no vehicle access at the shelter site.
  • Sites – each shelter site can accommodate one (1) tent in the shelter and one (1) additional tent. Maximum two (2) tents per site.
  • Accessibility – there is one (1) Adirondack Shelter that is more accessible than the other sites. To reserve the more accessible sites please call ahead to schedule your reservation 973.697.3140. Note: the more accessible site will become available online to the general public on a first come, first served basis 7 days before the start dates.
  • Reservations – allowed for up to two (2) consecutive nights (3 consecutive nights on a Holiday weekend) and cannot exceed two (2) reserved nights (3 reserved nights when there is a holiday) in a seven (7) day period.
  • Campers – four (4) campers are included in the reservation, up to two (2) additional people can be added per site for an additional fee.
  • Electric – None
  • Water Access – May 1 – October 1, weather permitting. Located behind shelter four (4). When water source is winterized, water will be available at the restroom building in the RV area.
  • Vehicles – two (2) vehicles are permitted per site. All vehicles must be parked in the paved areas at each tent site or the designated parking area for the shelters.
  • Picnic Table – One (1) per site
  • Fire Ring – One (1) fire ring per site. Fires are only permitted in fire rings. Outside fire pits are not permitted. Check the fire safety tips below and New Jersey Forest Fire Service website for posted fire restrictions.
  • Dumpster – available on site
  • Firewood – firewood is available for purchase on-site outside the firewood shed, located in the parking area. $5 per bundle.
  • Port-a-Johns – one (1) standard and one (1) handicap accessible unit are located on site.
  • Council Ring – large fire ring with log seats available by reservation or first come, first served basis for registered tent and shelter campers.
General Info

This campground is designated for recreational camping only.

This seasonal site is intended for short-term stays and does not allow for monthly or long-term reservations (see below for site specific stay limits).

There is a two (2) night minimum for reservations on the following holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.

Sites must be paid for online or at the Campground Office during office hours. Pre-registration is highly recommended.

Pets must be kept on a leash of six (6) feet or less in length and under physical control of it’s handler at all times. Pets shall not be left unattended at the campsite, except when permittee is using a restroom or visiting the campground office for a brief period of time.

Check-In Procedures

  • Check-In Time: 12 noon (Please plan on arriving before dusk, sites are not illuminated)
  • Check-Out Time: 11 am
  • Campers with reservations can check in at the Campground Office any time after 12pm. We recommend arriving before dusk as sites are not illuminated. Please make sure you speak with the Campground Host before proceeding to your assigned site.
  • Campers without reservations are accommodated on a first come, first served basis. Campers without reservations must register (online or at the Campground Office) and obtain a permit prior to occupying a site.

Check-Out Procedures

Like a hotel room, your campsite has a check-out time. You will be expected to have packed up and vacated the site by 11 am. Be nice to the next camper and leave your campsite better than you found it. Note: an unclean or damaged site may result in additional fees being added to your reservation.

  • Check-Out Time: 11 am
  • All personal items must be removed from the site.
  • All trash must either be placed in the dumpster or taken with you.
  • Campfires should never be left unattended. Douse completely before leaving the site.
  • Remember the Leave No Trace Principles

Directions

Click here for directions to the entrance to the RV area.

Click here for directions to the entrance to the tent/shelter area.

  • Picnic Table – One (1) per site
  • Fire Ring – One (1) fire ring per site. Fires are only permitted in fire rings. Outside fire pits are not permitted. Check the fire safety tips below and New Jersey Forest Fire Service website for posted fire restrictions.
  • Dumpster – available on site
Reservations /Rentals

Reservations are accepted beginning in January for the April – November season.

RV Area Site Map:

Campground Area (Tent Platforms and Adirondack Shelters) Site Map:

To make a reservation:

Note: Remember to arrive before dusk as there are no external lights at the RV area.

Rules & Regulations

General Summary of Rules & Regulations for Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Campground

Applicable Park Commission rules and regulations are posted at the information directory in each area of the park. This section applies to the RV and tent/shelter camping areas. Please read them before using the facility.

  1. All campers are required to conform the Park Commission rules and regulations. The Park Commission reserves the right to limit, control, and regulate any and all activities within the park, including but not limited to, excessive noise, boisterous behavior, speeding, and other instances infringing upon the safety and enjoyment of other campers. Violators of park rules and regulations may be directed to leave the facility. There will be no refund for a revoked permit.
  2. Camping and RV areas are for overnight campers only.
  3. A camping fee will be collected and a permit will be issued by a Park Commission representative.
  4. Advance reservations will be accepted for all RV, tent, and shelter sites, and a reservation fee will be collected.
  5. The camping permit holder must be 18 years of age or older and is responsible for knowing and abiding by all campground regulations. The permit holder must occupy the site and is responsible for the actions and safety of all persons camping or visiting the site.
  6. Maximum length of stay for camping is fourteen (14) days. Extensions may be authorized on a day-to-day basis to a maximum of twenty-one (21) days based on space availability.
  7. Reserved sites are designated with a “Site Occupied” card indicating the name of the permit holder and arrival/departure dates.
  8. Recreational Vehicles (RV) must be of appropriate size for the space they are occupying. Park model trailers are not permitted.
  9. Tent platforms, which are provided in the tent sites, must be used whenever possible. A maximum of two (2) tents is permitted in each tent site. One additional tent outside an Adirondack Shelter or RV is permitted. Tents must be kept within the “hardened” campsite area.
  10. Sleeping in cars is prohibited. Sleeping in hammocks or “under the stars” is prohibited.
  11. Campfires may only be built in areas designated for this purpose. Fire rings are provided in each tent/shelter site, at RV Sites 9-18, and at the council ring sites. Charcoal grills are provided at RV Sites 1-8. Ground fires are only permitted at sites with fire rings or at the council ring. Fires shall not be left unattended and shall be completely extinguished before the campsite is vacated and/or before retiring for the night.
  12. Quiet hours are in effect from 11 pm to 7 am.
  13. Campers are responsible for disposing of their garbage in the dumpsters provided, and recycling appropriate items in the proper containers. Areas must be left clean and free of debris. Garbage or trash must not be thrown into campfires.
  14. All vehicles must be parked in designated areas.
  15. Vehicle maintenance and washing or waxing of cars or RV’s is prohibited.
  16. All pets must be leashed at all times and cleaned up after. Any nuisance will be the responsibility of the campsite permit holder. Pets must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Unattended pets will be reported to the Animal Control Officer.
  17. Washing of the person, clothing, dishes, utensils, or any equipment shall not be permitted at any location intended solely as a potable water-supply.
  18. Dumping of grey water on campsites is prohibited.
  19. Trespassing on other occupied or unoccupied campsites is prohibited.
  20. The RV area and tent/shelter camping area council rings may be used by registered campers on a first come, first served basis with no additional fee charged. However, advance reservations will be accepted for use of the tent/shelter camping area council ring and a fee will be charged. The RV area council ring is not reservable.
  21. Use of trails outside the RV area and tent/shelter camping areas is prohibited after sunset.
  22. The dumping station located in the RV area is primarily for use by overnight permit-holding patrons. Patrons without an overnight permit will be charged a fee for use of the dump station.

Mahlon Dickerson Campground Guidelines

  • There is a two (2) night minimum for reservations on holiday weekends.
  • Check out time is 11 am on the date the permit expires. If the site is not completely vacated of all persons and equipment by the expiration of the permit, the holder will be subject to additional fees.
  • The number of occupants in a campsite, excluding visitors, must not exceed the number indicated on the permit.
  • Visitors of registered guests must leave the RV and camping areas by 10 pm.
  • The use of portable or vehicle mounted generators is prohibited unless authorized by specific permit by the Morris County Park Commission.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
  • The following activities are prohibited in the campground: roller blading, roller skating, in-line skating, skate boarding, remote controlled models, toy electric vehicles, golfing, sledding, scooters and similar activity.
  • Use of driveways or parking areas as a play area is prohibited.
  • This is bear country. For a safe and enjoyable visit, please read and comply with the posted Bear Country Camping Procedures. Keep a clean campsite – leave no trash, secure food in your vehicle, and do not feed any wild animal.

No Smoking Policy

The Morris County Park Commission has recently announced a No Smoking Policy banning all smoking including burning of, inhaling from, exhaling the smoke from or the possession of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter of substance which contains tobacco or any other matter that can be smoked, or the inhaling or exhaling of smoke or vapor from an electronic smoking device.

No Smoking Policy

The Morris County Park Commission, which manages 20,197 acres consisting of 38 facilities, 244.3 miles of trails, including 73.3 miles of Patriots’ Path trail, recently announced a No Smoking Policy to conform with the New Jersey State’s Chapter Law 64 of prohibition of smoking at public parks and beaches.

The smoking prohibition policy of the Morris County Park Commission bans smoking in any park, forest, beach, arboreta, historic site, recreation facility, arena, reservation, marina, trail, greenway, education facility under the park Commission’s stewardship responsibility.

This policy, as adopted by the Commissioners, will provide a smoke-free environment for everyone, including children, to enjoy their experience at these public facilities. The policy will be strictly enforced and applies to both the public, as well as employees. Any person not compliant with posted smoking rules shall first be given verbal notification; if upon such notification the person fails to comply with the posted rules, the Supervisor of the area may deny services.

Smoking is defined as the burning of, inhaling from, exhaling the smoke from, or the possession of lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other mater of substance which contains tobacco or any other matter that can be smoked, or the inhaling or exhaling of smoke or vapor from an electronic smoking device.

Further, the policy states that electronic smoking device means an electronic device that can be used to deliver nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, or pipe.

The Park Commission has determined that, Berkshire Valley Golf Course, Flanders Valley Golf Course, Pinch Brook Golf Course, and Sunset Valley Golf Course are the only park facilities where smoking is to be permitted by the public. Smoking is only permitted on turf play areas, excluding designated practice area, including driving ranges.

Thank you for your continued support!

Click here for a complete list of the Morris County Park Commission rules and regulations.

Rental Rates

Site Fees

Tent Site

  • Daily: $25
  • Weekly: N/A

Shelter Site

  • Daily: $25
  • Weekly: N/A

RV Site (May 1 – September 30)

  • Daily: $37
  • Weekly: $222

RV Site (Apr 1 – April 30/ Oct 1 – Nov 30)

  • Daily: $32
  • Weekly: $192

RV Military Discount (With ID)

Daily: $5

Weekly: No discount available for weekly rentals

Additional Fees

  • Extra person/night: $5
  • Extra vehicle/night: $10
  • Use of dump station without reservation: $30
  • Council ring – group use: $10
  • Firewood (onsite, cash/check only): $5/bundle

More Info

  • For RV sites, fees are based on four (4) people and one (1) additional vehicle or trailer per site.
  • For tent/shelter sites, fees are based on four (4) people and (2) vehicles per site.
  • No more than two (2) extra people, for a total of six (6) people per site per night.
  • No more than one (1) extra vehicle per night per site.
  • Weekly discounted rate requires full payment at time of registration.
  • Military rate applies to active duty or retired only, with a U.S. Military ID. The reduced rate is per night and is not valid on weekly rentals.

Cancellation Policy

The Morris County Park Commission does not issue refunds for cancellations. To receive a credit for future use at Mahlon Dickerson Campground, campers must notify the campground office no later than 48 hours before their scheduled arrival. A credit for any fees paid, less the deposit (one night’s reservation fee), will be applied to the household and is valid for one (1) year from the date issued.

Bear/Fire<br>Safety

Bear Safety

Be “Bear Aware” at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation.

To fully enjoy your outdoor experience when camping, follow these common-sense safety tips:

  • Keep a clean camp. Bears have an acute sense of smell. Food, and all items that come in contact with food, gives off odors that can attract bears.
  • Store food immediately in airtight containers after every use. Coolers are not airtight and bears often associate them with food. Keep coolers locked in a trunk or concealed in the vehicle’s cab.
  • Avoid having leftover food by cooking only as much as you will eat at a meal.
  • Clean grills and all utensils thoroughly. Never put food or food residue in campfires or firepits.
  • Place garbage in airtight containers or bear-resistant dumpsters. Do not burn or bury garbage.
  • Keep dogs on a leash and remove leftover food after your dog has finished eating.
  • Never attempt to feed or approach a bear. It is very dangerous and may result in personal harm or harm to others.
  • Report all bear damage and nuisance incidents immediately to your campground office at 973.697.3140, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office at 973.326.7654, or the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife at 1.877.WARN.DEP.

Remember: keep a clean campsite to prevent attracting bears while camping.

Campfire Safety

Ground fires are only permitted in the provided fire rings.

  • Check the New Jersey Forest Fire Service website for posted fire restrictions.
  • Bring water to extinguish the campfire and use in the event of an emergency.
  • Clear the area around the fire ring of all potentially flammable items (dry leaves, sticks, etc.)
  • Do not burn dangerous items that can explode, shatter or release harmful fumes.
  • Keep the fire at a manageable size.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • Make sure the campfire is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the site.
Trail Maps

MDR Trail Map Large – 11×17 (1 page)

MDR Trail Map Letter – 8.5″x11″ (2 pages)

MDR Trail Guide

Contact Us

Campground Office

Open Weekdays 10 am-4 pm, subject to change

If you cannot reach the Campground Office, please contact the Recreation Department to discuss your reservation.

Recreation Department

Recreation Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 am-4 pm.

Recreation Office is closed on weekends and holidays.