Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Pine Swamp Loop Trail

Weldon, New Jersey

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This hike through swamp and upland crosses streams and seeps, and passes through tunnels of mountain laurel, encountering a lot of critter tracks in winter and plenty of variety to keep Fido interested and cool. Hike downhill through deciduous woods and cross a creek, part of the Rockaway River drainage. Tributaries of three watersheds originate from this 3300-acre reservation: the Musconetcong, which flows west to the Delaware River; the Wallkill, which runs north to the Hudson; and the Rockaway, which flows southeast to Newark Bay. There’s plenty of water to keep your dog cool. American basswood grows in the upland part of the trail. In spring, its blossoms perfume the woods.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

by Mary Jasch (The Mountaineers Books)

This hike through swamp and upland crosses streams and seeps, and passes through tunnels of mountain laurel, encountering a lot of critter tracks in winter and plenty of variety to keep Fido interested and cool.

Hike downhill through deciduous woods and cross a creek, part of the Rockaway River drainage. Tributaries of three watersheds originate from this 3300-acre reservation: the Musconetcong, which flows west to the Delaware River; the Wallkill, which runs north to the Hudson; and the Rockaway, which flows southeast to Newark Bay. There’s plenty of water to keep your dog cool. American basswood grows in the upland part of the trail. In spring, its blossoms perfume the woods.

©  Mary Jasch/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Weldon
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 188 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,230 feet
Top Elevation: 1,388 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Morris County Park Commission
Local Maps: USGS Franklin, NJ
Topo Map: Mahlon Dickerson Reservation: Pine Swamp Loop Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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