Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

955 Weldon Road, Jefferson Township, NJ 07849

(For driving / GPS address)

Hours of Operation  / Spring & Summer Activities / Reservations / History / No Smoking Policy

For MDR campground information click here 

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 about the Campgrounds at MDR click here or contact us at 973.697.3140. 

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

The Campground and RV areas are open April - November

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
Biking Trails - Unpaved
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

Click below for driving directions

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