Viewing the Falls
The outdoor viewing areas of the park are open year-round. The Falls can be viewed from Overlook Park at 72 McBride Avenue Extension, as well as from Mary Ellen Kramer Park off Maple Avenue.
The Grounds opened on Friday morning, May 22, and are Subject to State Restrictions (cited below):
Note: No services or bathrooms available.
State Parks and Forests-
The order allows State parks and forests to open to the public for passive recreation, including fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, hiking, walking, running or jogging, biking, birding, and horseback riding.
Picnic areas, playgrounds, exercise stations and equipment, chartered watercraft services and rentals, swimming, pavilions, restrooms, and other buildings and facilities, such as visitor centers, interpretive centers, and interior historical sites, shall remain closed at this time.
To limit physical interaction, the State parks and forests must implement reasonable restrictions that include:
- Limiting parking to 50% of maximum capacity and prohibiting parking in undesignated areas;
- Prohibiting picnics;
- Requiring social distancing to be practiced except with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
- Banning organized or contact activities or sports; and gatherings of any kind.
- The order also recommends that people wear a cloth face covering while in public settings at the parks and forests where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/
State and local public health authorities - https://covid19.nj.gov/
Following the guidance from the CDC and local health authorities the Welcome Center remains temporarily closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. No services or bathrooms available.
To Visit the Park Virtually:
Visit Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park virtually:
www.nps.gov/pagr - park website
https://www.nps.gov/pagr/learn/photosmultimedia/pagr-app.htm - Mill Mile free virtual tour app
https://www.nps.gov/p…/learn/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm - short videos
https://www.nps.gov/index.htm - National Park Service website.
No services or bathrooms available. Check back for updates.
The Paterson Museum closed to the public on Tuesday March 17th and will remain closed until further notice. All scheduled museum events during this time will be postponed. For more information please call the Paterson Museum: 973-321-1260
Last updated: June 5, 2020