• Paterson Great Falls

    Paterson Great Falls

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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  • Take a self-guided walking tour by dialing in or downloading mill mile

    Due to a staff training, there will not be any guided tours on 8/27. Download or dial into the free mill mile walking tour. Learn more More »

  • Only one portion of the park is closed - Mary Ellen Kramer Park

    Due to a landscape improvement project, a section of the park, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, and the pedestrian bridge crossing the chasm is closed. Project may be completed early in 2015. The Great Falls can still be viewed at Overlook Park, 72 McBride Ave.

Plan Your Visit

View of the falls from Mary Ellen Kramer Park.

This beautiful view of Paterson's Great Falls can be seen from Mary Ellen Kramer Park.  The photographer, Adali Rosario, won the 2013 Eastern National Photo Contest with this image.

Copyright Adali Rosario

Waterfalls and ancient geology, engineering landmarks and the economic birth of a new nation - these are just a few of the things you will discover on your visit to the City of Paterson and the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.

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Guided walking tours and special programs

Paterson Museum on 2 Market Street (within walking distance of the park)

Self-guided tour using this free app/cell phone tour "mill mile" .

Stay for lunch, sample the local cuisine of the Great Falls Historic District, within walking distance of the park.

Afterwards, spend some time visiting local and thematically related sites:

Ivanhoe Artists Mosaic; 4 Spruce Street, Paterson, NJ

Art Factory; 70 Spruce Street, Paterson, NJ

Lambert Castle; 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ

American Labor Museum (Botto House); 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ

 

Accessibility

The Great Falls Historic District is accessible with assistance. Learn more…

Did You Know?

Colonel Samual Colt

Samuel Colt was an early Paterson business owner? From 1836 until 1842, his gun mill produced about 5,000 guns. A lack of government contracts was a major factor in his failure in Paterson. He later achieved success in his hometown of Hartford, Conn., with the outbreak of the Mexican-American War.