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Men and women in American Revolutionary War uniforms & dress observe the Passaic River - one holds a brass telescope to their eye

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Waterfall Conditions

Curious about the flow of the falls before your visit? Check our live Earthcam to view the current condition of the Great Falls as viewed from Overlook Park!

Pack it in, Pack it out! Practice Leave No Trace principles - properly dispose of trash, leave what you find, and respect wildlife and other visitors to help preserve and protect the park and it's resources.


Paterson Great Falls NHP - Schedule

As of January 1st, 2023, park staff will be available onsite 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Wednesday - Sunday. The grounds are always available, but the best time to see the falls is between sunrise and sunset. The City of Paterson may close the Overlook Park lot after dark situationally. Portable toilets are available at the Overlook Park parking lot at our main address and are unlocked from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, staff permitting.

Upcoming changes to the park schedule can be reviewed by checking our Operating Hours & Seasons.

Check our Park Tours and Special Programs page for up-to-date tour offerings and schedules, as well as links to our Educational Programs.



In general, there is free two-hour parking available at Overlook Park (72 McBride Avenue Extension) for park guests. Additional limited free streetside parking is available on Maple Street beside the entrance to Mary Ellen Kramer Park near Hinchliffe Stadium.

Please note: Parking at Overlook Park is extremely limited, especially on weekends and holidays. Additional parking is available within walking distance downtown at several Paterson Parking Authority locations including the new Hinchliffe Stadium garage.


Safety Guidelines

When visiting any National Park, plan like a Park Ranger! Be sure to follow all safety guidelines, dress for the weather and environment, and be alert for wildlife. For more information, review our safety resources.

Last updated: May 31, 2024

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Contact Info

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72 McBride Avenue Extension
Paterson, NJ 07501



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