Welcome to Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park!
While the park is open every day, some park facilities and paths are closed during the winter. Plan like a Park Ranger - always check current conditions before visiting. Please explore the information below for information about our location, operating hours and seasons, welcome center, and more.
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Spring and Fall weather can be cool, while summer is usually warm and humid. Winter is frequently snowy and cold. It is recommended that visitors dress for the weather. Visitors may need jackets or rain gear as the park is primarily outdoors and unsheltered during inclement weather. Please keep any rain gear/umbrellas with you during your visit. Additional tips and information can be found on our weather webpage.National Weather Service 7-Day Forecast for the Paterson region
There is currently no visitor center. We are without indoor facilities pending new visitor center construction. Portable toilets are available 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM staff permitting. National Park Passport stamps are available at the administrative office at our main address.
Rangers & Staff
Rangers are in the park during operating hours as noted below - weather permitting, they will be roving and staffing an orientation table outside with a stamping station. When weather does not permit, the Rangers rove throughout the park over the course of the day. You may also knock/ring the doorbell of the brick two-story Administrative Office at the main park address during operating hours for passport stamps or assistance.
Operating Hours & Seasons
Park grounds are available 24 hours a day. The best time to visit is between sunrise and sunset. The City of Paterson may close the Overlook Park lot after dark situationally. For detailed information, including staff and restroom availability, check our full operating hours and seasonal schedule.
Rules & Regulations
Drone use is prohibited in the park - see our permits and reservations page for full details. Smoking, alcohol consumption, barbecues, open fires, and fireworks are also prohibited on park grounds.
Pack it in, Pack it out! Practice Leave No Trace principles:
Permits & Reservations
Some activities require a permit for special use of park resources. Know before you go - before planning commercial or event photography, weddings or large gatherings, and other activities, review our permits and reservations webpage.
Pets are welcome in National Parks, but must follow guidelines to ensure visitor, resource, and wildlife safety. When bringing pets to Paterson Great Falls, they must be on six-foot non-retractable leashes, and all waste must be collected and disposed of properly. For more information, including the B.A.R.K. Ranger program, explore our pets webpage.
Goods & Services
Paterson Great Falls is located within the City of Paterson - many goods and services are available. For links to restaurant searchs, the Chamber of Commerce, and a list of post offices, review our goods and services resources.
Last updated: January 12, 2024