• 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

Things To Know Before You Come

The Great Falls of the Passaic River are great to visit any time of year. To make the most of your visit, it's a good idea to be prepared.

Before Your Visit:

-Keep in mind that, except for the Paterson Museum, your visit will be outdoors. You'll want to dress appropriately for the weather.

-You will be walking on both paved and unpaved surfaces, all of which can be uneven. In the winter, surfaces can be icy and slippery. Proper footwear is recommended

-Paterson, like the rest of New Jersey, tends to be hot and humid in the summer; be sure to bring water with you.

-Lodging: There are no lodging facilities within the park. There are many options for lodging in the immediate area. A web search will provide a variety of choices.

During Your Visit:

-Parking: Limited parking is available at Overlook Park. Additional parking is available throughout the Historic District.

-Stay alert for traffic as you cross streets, and in parking areas.

-Be aware of your surroundings.

-Keep an eye on your belongings while in the park. Do not leave any items unattended.


-Other than peoples' pets, the animals you see in the park are the kind usually seen in this kind of environment - squirrels, mice, pigeons, Canada geese. Although they are common, please remember, they are wild. For the sake of their safety and yours, do not feed, touch, disturb, tease, or harass any wildlife. It is illegal to do so.

-It is illegal to collect or take anything out of the park, including wildlife and plants. Observe plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed.

-It's best to observe wildlife from a safe distance. If you see an animal behaving strangely, please contact a National Park Service employee or a Paterson Museum employee.

Did You Know?

Detail of image of L'Enfant at the US Capitol; Credit: Architect of the Capitol

That Pierre L’Enfant, famed engineer of Washington, D.C., was hired to design the city of Paterson? Although he was fired, his raceway designs were later modified and used to direct water to the mills. More...