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

2. School Links

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 office

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 link 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.



Carol Borman
Carol Borman
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259 Main St Chester NJ 07930