Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

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955 Weldon Road
Jefferson Township, NJ 07849

T: (973) 326 - 7600

M-F: Daily, sunrise to sunset. Campground & RV Areas open from April to November.
Sat-Sun: Daily, sunrise to sunset. Campground & RV Areas open from April to November.



Enjoy spectacular wilderness with great camping and plenty of recreational opportunities.

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation covers over 3,500 beautiful acres in the hills of Jefferson Township. It’s a perfect site for off-road cycling, horseback riding, seasonal camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or nature watching. 27 miles of multi-use trails offer varying levels of hiking, including a trek to Headley Overlook, one of the highest points in Morris County, and paths to excellent fishing and bird-watching spots. The serene campground offers RV camping with paved parking pads or tent camping featuring raised tent platforms and Adirondack shelters. Click here for campground information.

Plan Your Visit

There are non-reservable picnic sites and a reservable shelter that include tables, benches, and grills located throughout the reservation for your enjoyment. Bring your family and friends together for a fun picnic with a pick-up game of wiffleball or kickball on the nearby recreational softball field.

Clubs, organizations, businesses and groups of 25 or more persons utilizing any Morris County Park area are required to make a reservation and obtain a permit.

There are 27 miles of multi-use trails available that hikers of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. Be sure to make the trek to Headley Overlook, one of the highest points in Morris County. There are plenty of great trails available for off-road cycling or horseback riding as well. Click here for trail resources and information on trail courtesy and safety.

Find a peaceful spot by the Saffin Pond Area to take a deep breath and enjoy the sights. Bring your fishing pole with you for a relaxing day along the water with beautiful views of the surrounding forest.

Are you looking for an overnight adventure? Visit Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Campground, a serene campground where you’ll be immersed in nature throughout your stay. The RV camping area has paved sites with electric and seasonal water hook-ups, picnic tables, and charcoal grills or fire rings. The tent camping area offers sites with raised tent platforms or Adirondack Shelters, picnic tables, and fire rings.

Other unique activities at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation include a radio-controlled car track and model boat racing. Both are operated by non-profit groups comprised of interested residents.


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Programs & Activities
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • RV Camping
  • Snowshoeing
  • Softball Field

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.