Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

955 Weldon Road, Jefferson Township, NJ 07849

(For driving / GPS address)

Please be informed that bow hunting is taking place in this park in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. The park will remain open during this Program. Please use caution and stay on blazed trails. More information, including the hunt schedule and hunting map, can be found on our website (Click here). Contact (973) 326-7600 with additional questions.

Hours of Operation  / Spring & Summer Activities / ReservationsSeasonal Camping / Camping Rates / History / No Smoking Policy 

This is the largest park in the Morris County Park System, encompassing 3,494 acres of beautiful near-wilderness and recreational areas. The Reservation is the park to visit with over 24.5 miles of multi-use trails for novice and experienced skill levels. For off-road bicyclists, discover the challenge and adventure of the blazed biking trails. Horseback riding, seasonal camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and softball are recreational activities at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation. Digital trail maps are available online.

One of the outstanding features of the Reservation is the magnificent view from atop Headley Overlook, a 1,280 foot elevation, one of the highest points in Morris County.The Saffin Pond area is a most scenic location to enjoy a day of fishing. The Saffin Rock Rill area offers space for educational programs.

Some of the unique activities at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation include a radio controlled car track, and model boat racing. All are operated by nonprofit groups comprised of interested residents.

Spring and Summer Activities

 You can’t miss the magnificent view from top of Headley Overlook, the highest point in Morris County. Enjoy the multi-use trails for horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, or jogging. It is also the perfect season for picnics and camping! Bird watch is also a favorite activity. Digital park/trail maps are available online.


Picnics and Athletic Field

Enjoy one of the many picnic areas to gather family and friends for an outdoor picnic. For larger groups of 25 or more, you may want to also reserve one of the picnic shelters along with the picnic tables. Toss a Frisbee or play ball on the athletic field. Reservations for picnic areas, shelters, or athletic field can be made by contacting the Reservations Office or 973.326.7631, option 1.  

  Seasonal Camping:

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation has several different camping opportunities. There are wooded RV sites, Adirondack shelters, and tent sites. For reservations and fee information regarding camping/RV reservation, please call the Campground Office at 973.697.3140. You are also invited to submit a campground availability request form online.

For information regarding usage of other facilities at Mahlon Dickerson, please call 973.326.7631, option 1.



  • 4 Adirondack Shelters (9’x11’ lean-to) w/picnic tables & reflector fire ring
  • 8 Tent sites (12’x12’) w/tent platforms, picnic tables, and fire rings
  • 2 Port-a-Johns (1 handicapped accessible)
  • Water source (behind shelter #4, May - Oct.)
  • Information Directory
  • Campfire Council Ring w/log seats
  •  Firewood for sale (5 p.m. Wed. - Sun.)


  • 18 paved, wooded RV sites w/ picnic tables & charcoal grills
  •  Electrical hookups (30 & 50 amp.)
  • Water hookups (May – Oct.), some sites may require extra hose to reach water hookup
  • Heated restrooms and showers
  • Open field for lawn games
  • Sanitary Dump Station (free for registered RV's) - CLOSED

Camping Rates:

*Tent Site
*Shelter Site$20**$120
*RV Site w/hookup$27**$162
***Military Rate ***$22***

*NOTE: Fees are based on 4 people & 2 cars per site. RV site fee includes RV (coach, travel trailer, popup, or 5th wheel trailer) + 1 other vehicle.

**NOTE: Weekly discounted rate requires payment of full amount at time of registration.

***NOTE: Military rate applies to active duty or retired only, with U.S. Military ID. Reduced rate per night, no additional weekly.

Extra person per night
Extra vehicle per night
Use of Dump Station
Camping Area Group Council Ring
Group Use Fee
$5 per “rack”

Formed primarily as a conservation area, the parcel first acquired by the Park Commission was from Wildlife Preserves, Inc., in September, 1960. The park is named in honor of an early New Jersey Governor and State Supreme Court Justice. The property shares its past with the iron mining history of northern New Jersey.

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation is open daily Sunrise to Sunset throughout the year.

The Campground and RV areas are open April - November

The Campground Office (Opens May 1st) 

Please call or email the recreation department to discuss your reservation.



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 nights reservation fee), will be applied to the household and is valid for 1 year from the date issued.

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. CLICK HERE for more details. Thank you for your continued support!

things to Do:

Commercial Filming
Commercial Photography Permits
Cross-Country Skiing
Exercise / Fitness
Photography Permits
RV Camping
Softball Field


Adirondack Shelter
Athletic Fields
Equestrian Trails
Group Picnic Areas (Reservable)
Group Picnic Shelter/Tents (Reservable)
Hiking Trails
Nature Trails
Pets On Leash
Picnic Areas (Non-Reservable)
Point of Interest
Restrooms / Port-A-Johns
Trash Dumpster

* Requires permit/advanced scheduling |

(HC) Handicap Accessible


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Click below for driving directions

GPS Address: 955 Weldon Road, Jefferson Township, NJ 07849