Califon is a charming riverside village of approximately 1,100 residents (2010 census) spanning just under 1 square mile (0.972 sq mi or 2.518 km2). It is located in beautiful Hunterdon County and, for those who love the great outdoors, it just might the perfect place to call home! In Califon, it’s not uncommon to see a friendly face wave as they pass by on their bicycle, wagging pooches out for their daily walk on the Columbia Trail, or giddy families strolling down by the river.
It may be a small town, but there’s still plenty to do! Califon is home to an historic downtown (listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so it’s legit!) with no lack of shops and restaurants to keep you busy. Spend the day at the Califon Book Store, grab a bite at Rambo’s Country Store, or fish for trout with a little help from Shannon’s Bait and Tackle.
When it’s time to hit the books, the Califon Public School, serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, believes “You Belong Here!” and Voorhees High School, a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School serving grades nine through twelve, has “a tradition of excellence.” Califon School participates in New Jersey Interdistrict Public School Choice Program with the Tewksbury Township Schools.
Other area schools include The Willow School, a small independent coeducational day school for students preschool through eighth grade, Gill St. Bernards, a private, nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school, and The Purnell School, a progressive private all-girls boarding high school. There are several preschools that are popular among Califon parents, including Haytown Nursery School, Pottersville Nursery School in Pottersville, and The Kids’ House in Pottersville.
Commuting info more your style? By car, Califon is 80 minutes to NYC, 60 minutes to Newark, and 70 minutes to Trenton. Nearby train stations include High Bridge (120 minutes to NYC), Gladstone (110 minutes to NYC), and Hackettstown (130 minutes to NYC).
It’s been said time and again, there’s no place like home. Welcoming, beautiful, and refreshingly vibrant, Califon is home.