Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Pine Swamp Loop Trail

Weldon, New Jersey 07463

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Pine Swamp Loop Trail

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation: Pine Swamp Loop Trail Professional Guide

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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."

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Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey (The Mountaineers Books)
Arline Zatz
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"A longtime resident of Morris County, Mahlon Dickerson (1770–1853) owned local iron mines, spoke several languages, and was a recognized botanist. Considering that he also served as governor, U.S. senator, and Secretary of the Navy, it’s no wonder that the largest park in Morris County—Mahlon Dickerson Reservation—was named in his honor in 1967. The trails within these 1500 wooded acres are situated along old logging roads where you’ll have ample opportunity to see impressive stands of spruce, azalea, mountain laurel, and rhododendron. Although there aren’t any views on the main part of this hike, a short detour at the end will bring you to an overlook with a view of Lake Hopatcong, 9 miles in the distance. At one point, you’ll also be standing at the highest elevation in Morris County at 1395 feet above sea level. The park has facilities for overnight tent and trailer camping as well as a full schedule of events, including naturalist-led hikes and campfire demonstrations."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
188 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
1,230 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,388 feet
Top Elevation
Morris County Park Commission
Local Contacts
USGS Franklin, NJ
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