Hours of Operation / Fall & Winter Activities/ Camping / Camping Rates / History
*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, click here. Contact 973.326.7600 with additional questions.*
This is the largest park in the Morris County Park System, encompassing 3,346.07 acres of beautiful near-wilderness and recreational areas. The Reservation is the park to visit with over 20 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, 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, a field archery course, and model boat racing. All are operated by nonprofit groups comprised of interested residents.
You can’t miss the magnificent view of the fall foliage from top of Headley Overlook, the highest point in Morris County. This is the perfect season for enjoying the multi-use trails for horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, or jogging. The recreational activities continue in the winter for those who choose to cross-county ski or snowshoe.
Picnics and Ballfields
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 field. Reservations for picnic areas, shelters, or ball field can be made by contacting the Reservations Office or 973.326.7619.
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.
CAMPGROUND AREA FACILITIES INCLUDE:
- 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.)
- Heated restrooms & showers
RV AREA FACILITIES INCLUDE:
- 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
*Tent Site $14 **$84
|*Shelter Site $16 **$96||$16||**$96|
|*RV Site w/hookup $20 **$120||$20||**$120|
|***Military Rate $16 ***||$16||***|
*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”
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.
Wednesday to Friday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.