Califon, New Jersey

The Borough of Califon is a charming small town located in Hunterdon County. A branch of the Raritan River runs through the town, along with a trail for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Surrounded by beautiful wooded scenery, Califon is surprisingly convenient to major highways.


The Borough of Califon is a charming small town located in Hunterdon Country adjacent to Morris County.  A branch of the Raritan River runs through the town and a beautiful iron bridge crosses it. This bridge was the inspiration for the bridge in the Frank Capra movie, It’s a Wonderful Life.  While on the bridge, George Baily is prevented from leaping into the raging waters by his guardian angel, Clarence.  Califon has that small hometown, neighborly atmosphere that was found in Bedford Falls. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery, but convenient for commuting via Routes 78, 287, 22 and 31.  Follow the links below to discover more about this wonderful town!

1.      Town Links

2.      School Links

3.      Community Links

4.      Religious Links

5.      Newspapers

6.      Transportation

1. Town Links

Due to its small size and wise government officials, the borough of Califon shares services with several other municipalities. Police Protection is provided by the Washington Township (Morris County) Police Department – Long Valley. Many of the building and health department responsibilities are handled by Tewksbury Township. Califon’s Fire and Rescue Squads are all volunteer, which speaks to the civic mindedness of its citizens.

Borough of Califon 

Califon Fire Company 

Califon First Aid Squad 

Hunterdon County Library

Scroll down for much more information about Califon schools, our many parks and recreation, Senior and Youth groups, seasonal sports, places of worship, and transportation. Califon is a great place to live!

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2. Schools

Califon is the school for you if you desire small class sizes for your child. The PreK- 8 classes average about 12 students. The High School is Voorhees High School. The links below will give you more insight into the education system.

Califon Public Schools 

Voorhees High School 

Happy Face Nursery School 

Haytown Nursery School (908) 832-5645 

Hunterdon County YMCA 

3. Community Links

Califon’s Main Street has a unique array of shops. Some of the merchants include a fabulous florist, a fly fishing store, butcher, hardware store, bookshop and more. Stroll along the streets of this town to discover more. The Columbia Trail crosses through town and is a wonderful flat scenic trail perfect for walking, running, biking and horseback riding.

Califon Area Merchants and Professionals Organization 

Chamber of Commerce Califon  

Girl Scouts 

Boy Scouts 

Columbia Trail 

Ken Lockwood Gorge 

Voorhees State Park 

Tewksbury Athletic Association 

4. Religious

Though small in size, Califon has a variety of houses of worship. The nearby towns of Clinton, Hackettstown, Oldwick, Long Valley and Chester offer additional options.

Lower Valley Presbyterian Church 

Califon United Methodist Church 

St. John Neumann Catholic Church 

Life Giving Fountain Romanian Orthodox Church 

5. Newspapers

Who needs a newspaper in a small town? I get most of my local news from the friendly gas station attendant and other vendors in town.  However the links below will guide you to printed news!


Hunterdon County Democrat 

6.  Transportation

Califon is a small ,very walkable town.  Within walking distance, in Lebanon Township is a grocery store, drug store, several restaurants, liquor store, banks, etc.  Several miles away are 2 different train lines.  The Raritan Valley line is in High Bridge, and the Morris and Essex line is in Gladstone. Bus service is nearby. 


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