Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

Monday, March 1st, the Sugarloaf section of Lewis Morris County Park will be closed due to tree work.

Monday, March 1st, the Sugarloaf section of Lewis Morris County Park will be closed due to tree work.

955 Weldon Road, Jefferson Township, NJ 07849

(For driving / GPS address)

CAMPGROUND INFORMATION / Hours of Operation  / Spring & Summer Activities / Reservations / History / Campfire SafetyNo Smoking Policy 

The RV area of Mahlon Dickerson will open Thursday, April 1, 2021 weather permitting.
  • RV Spaces MUST be Pre-Paid, no same day reservations unless done so online.
    • Same day reservations must be made online before 11:00am.
  • Your RV must have a restroom, shower and sink contained in your unit to camp at MDR. 
  • Our showers will remain closed.
The Tent and Adirondack camping area of Mahlon Dickerson  will open Thursday, April 1, 2021 weather permitting.
  • Tent and Adirondack Spaces MUST be Pre-Paid, no same day reservations unless done so online.
    • Same day reservations must be made online before 11:00am.
    • Limited to a two night maximum stay.
  • Portable restrooms available.
    • Please bring personal sanitary supplies.
  • Water is not available, site is winterized.

We are NOW accepting on-line reservations.

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 watching is also a favorite activity. Digital park/trail maps are available online.


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.


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.  


Mahlon Dickerson Reservation has several different camping opportunities. There are wooded RV sites, Adirondack shelters, and tent sites. For additional information on the sites, please use the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Campground App by clicking below, call 973.697.3140, or email

2 Night Minimum for reservations on the following holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.
Check-In Time: 12:00pm
(Please plan on arriving before dusk.)
Check-Out Time: 11:00am




  • 4 Adirondack Shelters (9’x11’ lean-to) w/picnic tables & 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. weather permitting)
  • Information Directory
  • Campfire Council Ring w/log seats
  • Firewood for sale


  • 18 paved, wooded RV sites w/ picnic tables & charcoal grills
  • Maximum RV length 40ft
  • Electrical hookups (30 & 50 amp.)
  • Water hookups (May – Oct. weather permitting), 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) - (May – Oct. weather permitting)

Camping Rates:

*Tent Site$20**$120      
*Shelter Site$20**$120
*RV Site with Hookup$27**$162
***Military Rate$22***

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

**NOTE: Weekly discounted rate requires full payment 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/Night$5/person 
Extra Vehicle/Night$10/vehicle 
Deposit (one night's stay)$20-$27 
Use of Dump Station$20/use 
Camping Area Group Council Ring-Group Use$10 
                               Payment by Cash, Check, or Credit Card



Ground fires are only permitted in the provided fire rings located in the Tent/Adirondack Shelter sites and in the council rings in the RV and Tent areas.

  • Bring water to extinguish the campfire and use in the event 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.

click for more information about campfire safety ​



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 1 year from the date issued.

Hours of Operation:

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

The Campground and RV areas are open April - November

Check-In Time: 12:00pm (Please plan on arriving before dusk.)
Check-Out Time : 11:00am

The Campground Office (Opens May 1st) 

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

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