• Paterson Great Falls

    Paterson Great Falls

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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  • Interested in Reserving a Tour

    Are you planning to visit Paterson Great Falls this winter? If so, plan ahead and make a reservation in advance for the free orientation tour - A Stroll Through History. More »

  • Mary Ellen Kramer Park Closure Announcement from the City of Paterson

    Due to landscape improvement project, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, landing & footbridge will be closed on November 4, 2013. The project may be completed by end of 2014. Reservations for NPS programs will still be taken. Falls can be viewed from Overlook Park

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?

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton, founder of Paterson, faced great opposition to his ideas for an industrial America? Many government leaders, including Thomas Jefferson, believed the new nation should base its economy, and could grow powerful, through agriculture – growing what it needed and selling the surplus.