One of the nicest things about the month of September is that it is the month of “one more” chances. One more chance for summer weather. One more chance for a trip to the beach, without the July and August crowds. And one more chance to enjoy the unimaginable beauty of the great outdoors with a camping trip excursion to Cranford West.
Cranford West is a rustic-style camp located in rural, scenic Hope, NJ. Located on the banks of Silver Lake, it is the perfect getaway from the noise and mayhem of everyday life. It is a gorgeous spot to relax, rejeuvenate, and reconnect with nature and with each other. Friends, couples, and families, can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking and the gorgeous local scenery and attractions the area has to offer. And September is a great time to enjoy the crisp weather and the beginnings of Autumn colors.
Owned by Cranford Township, Cranford West is open only to Cranfordians. You must be a Cranford Resident at least 21 years of age with proof of residency to reserve a site, and reservations are taken at the Cranford Community Center, no more than 2 weeks in advance of the requested date. Originally established by the Rotary Club in the 1920s as The Cranford Boy’s Camp, this beautiful piece of land, about 50 miles from Cranford, accommodated about 40 boys weekly, ages 8 – 13, during an eight week summer season. Now it serves as an easily accessible and affordable vacation spot for all residents.
Cranford West is open on weekends only, from July 4th to the end of September, and cabin and tent sites are only . . . . are you ready for this? . . . . . $25 a night. Where in the world can you take your family overnight for that low of a cost? The 9 acre property sits right at the edge of the clear, CLEAN waters of Silver Lake, and has several cabins, sheds, restrooms, and showers (for those of us who prefer “camping lite”). Available for use are canoes, a sandy beach area, and a floating dock.
What a perfect opportunity for those of us on a tight budget to offer our families a weekend get-away, filled with fun, sun, and the building of an appreciation for nature . . . . and each other.
(Special thanks to Patrick Giblin and Rocco Russo from the Cranford Jaycees for the photos)