The borough of Califon has an interesting origin story. The original settlers wanted to call the town California, but "California" was too long to fit on the welcome sign, so Califon stuck! This cozy town was once a key stop along New Jersey's Central Railroad. Today, it's a quaint community with many dog-friendly amenities.
The former rail line has become the Columbia Trail. Hikers with a leashed dog can experience part of the route of those who once dreamed of finding gold in California. This trail spans fifteen miles and parallels the Raritan River.
The South Branch River Reservation has over a thousand acres set aside for recreational use, including hiking and boating. Many trails averaging less than two miles make for a good workout for a person with a leashed pup. The trails take a hiker through a forest that is home to many kinds of wildlife.
Califon has one veterinary clinic which serves all the routine health needs of your canine companion. Many other veterinary clinics, including emergency clinics, operate a short distance away. The town also has several restaurants that cater to people who want to dine with their dog. Rambo's Country Store on Main Street has three dog-friendly outdoor tables and only serves lunch. Brasserie 513 makes for more elegant dining. This restaurant has twelve outdoor tables that welcome a guest with a four-legged companion and serves lunch and dinner.
You and your hound will fall head over paws for Califon!