A Revolutionary Idea

Cotton and silk fabrics; steam locomotives; continuous rolls of paper; airplane engines. What do these things have in common? They were all manufactured in the same place - Paterson, NJ.

In 1792, Paterson was established, America's first planned industrial city, centered around the Great Falls of the Passaic River. From humble mills rose industries that changed the face of the United States.

Ranger Sarai pictured with Great Falls in background. Photo Credit:  Wander Tapia

Self-guided / Park Tours

Find out how the place, people and products worked together to bring the Industrial Revolution to the United States.

Park Ranger in a classroom showing students the NPS symbol.  A student's raised hand in foreground.


We offer educators opportunities to link subject matter across the entire curriculum- American history, geology, and more.

Picture of a Ranger swearing in a Junior Ranger.

Kids And Youth

Come and join us as one adventures in the wonders of Paterson Great Falls NHP and become a Junior Ranger.

Picture of the United States Army jazz band performing at the park.

Special Use Permits

Special events held inside the park require special use permits.

Official Directions.

Directions to the Falls

Various methods on how to arrive at the park.

Last updated: November 18, 2022

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72 McBride Avenue Extension
Paterson , NJ 07501



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