Clinton is a historic town located in Hunterdon County and is set on the South Branch of the Raritan River. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 2,719. It is the quintessential American small town that has brought movie producers and visitors here for years. A charming historic shopping area, cherry tree lined streets and a river meandering through it makes Clinton a picture perfect hamlet. The town is perhaps best known for its two mills which sit on opposite banks of the South Branch Raritan River. The Red Mill, with its historic village, dates back to 1810 with the development of a mill for wool processing. Across the river sits the Stone Mill, home of the Hunterdon Art Museum for Contemporary Craft and Design, located in a former gristmill that had been reconstructed in 1836 and operated continuously until 1952, when a group of local residents conceived of a plan to convert the historic building into a museum.
Shopping and Dining
Many shops are located throughout the township. The most concentrated of which are located off Main St., Leigh St., and West Center St. in downtown Clinton. There is also the Wal-Mart Plaza off of Pittstown Rd. There is an A & P and a Shoprite grocery store. Clinton Township contains many incredible restaurants and eateries. Some of the few local favorites include; Pizza Como a family run business with fantastic food. Natales Pizzeria has some best pizza in town. The Clinton House is an old fashioned restaurant with great steaks. Voted one of the best places for Continental Food. Ye Olde Sub Base if you are craving a sub, this is place to go. Clinton Bagel serving the best bagels and breakfast sandwiches in town. Ol’ West BBQ the best BBQ you can find north of Tennessee. Clinton Station Diner which is a large diner with attached train car as a one of the dining rooms. Large selection and even larger burgers. Home to the 50lb. burger the "Mt. Olympus"! Finnagel’s Restaurant is a great Irish bar. When wanting some food to munch on while having a few brews just ask for Finnagel’s Chicken Wings, best around!
Parks and Recreation
There are many things to do in Clinton. Echo Hill Park, located off Lilac Dr., is great for those who love nature. It has an environmental education center and many trails that link various pods and streams. It is great for witnessing many different types of wildlife. Bundt Park, located off Red School House Rd., is primarily comprised of sports fields. A playground and basketball courts are near the entrance with the baseball and lacrosse/soccer fields in the rear. Round Valley Rec. Area and Beach, located at 1220 Stanton Lebanon Rd (CR-629) is another popular recreation area. Includes campsites, a beach in a portioned off section of the reservoir, and a few trails. Spruce Run State Rec. Area and Beach located at 68 Van Sickles Rd. and just over the border into Union Township, Spruce Run State Recreation Area is a great place for the whole family. It includes a white sand beach on the Spruce Run Reservoir and many campsites. Boat rentals are also available to head out and fish on the reservoir with. Deer Path Park, although not located in Clinton Township, but in closeby Reading Township, has much to offer. Many events/festivals are held here throughout the year. The park includes miles of walking and biking trails. Landsdown Trail is approx. 1.5 miles long. It is a great scenic trail through the woods connecting lower Landsdown Rd. to West Main St. in downtown Clinton. Great place to walk/run/bike down. Even the fishing is good in the streams and ponds that run alongside portions of the trail.
Clinton is a decidedly white-collar town. In addition, Clinton is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Because of many things, Clinton is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Clinton a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. Clinton has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Clinton’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Clinton-Glen Gardner School District is the school district based in the Town of Clinton, that serves students from Clinton and Glen Gardner Borough in Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade at Clinton Public School. Students in public school for grades 9 through 12 attend North Hunterdon High School in Annandale as part of the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District. North Hunterdon High School serves Clinton, as well as students from Bethlehem Township, Clinton Township, Franklin Township, Lebanon Borough and Union Township. In the Past, North Hunterdon High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive. In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 23rd in New Jersey and 759th nationwide. The school was ranked 654th nationwide, the 19th-highest in New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine's 2010 rankings of America's Best High Schools.
Hunterdon Medical Center a top ranked hospital in NJ is a general medical and surgical hospital in nearby Flemington.
The Town of Clinton is situated off New Jersey Route 31, which is in turn off of Interstate 78 via Exit 17. Convenient access to Interstate 78 provides Clinton with a convenient route to and from New York City and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia can also be easily accessed from Clinton via NJ Route 31 to Interstate 95 South. Public transportation is very limited. The LINK, which serves Hunterdon County is the only traditional, publically funded mode of transportation. Trans-Bridge Lines offers buses on a route that provides service from Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and New York City-area airports at a stop at the park-and-ride on Route 31 in Clinton. Limited NJ Transit Rail is also accessible at the Annandale station on the Raritan Valley Line. Newark Liberty International Airport is 43 miles away.