Plan Your Visit

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VIP Terry McKenna

Water plunges down a 77 ft. chasm between dark basalt cliffs, a set of arched metal bridges crossing in the background. Green vegetation frames the left side and background
Explore Paterson's history, culture, & views of the Great Falls such as captured in this winning entry from the 2013 Eastern National Photo Contest for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Passport Stamp

Adali Rosario

Plan like a Park Ranger

Waterfalls, ancient geology, engineering landmarks, and the economic birth of a new nation - these are just a few of the things you will discover on your visit to the City of Paterson and the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.

Operating Hours:
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. For seasonal and staff schedules, review our current schedule.

Know before you go! Click the information categories below to plan your trip to Paterson:

Please Note:
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.

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Basic Information

Address • Hours • Fees & Passes • NPS Passport Stamps • Weather • Rules & Regulations • Permits & Reservations • Pets • Goods & Services

Interstate 80 running through Paterson NJ, seen from Garret Mountain

Driving • Parking • Public Transportation

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Programs & Special Events

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Things to Do

Walking Tours • Park Programs • Youth Activities • Nearby Attractions

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Learn About the Park

Kids & Youth • Education • History & Culture • Nature • Photos & Multimedia • News • Social Media • Management

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Nearby Attractions

National Parks • Museums • Hiking & Outdoor Recreation • Public Parks • Hinchliffe Stadium

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Eating & Sleeping

Eating • Sleeping

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General Guidelines • Keep Wildlife Wild • Covid-19 Impacts

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Physical / Mobility • Deaf / Hearing Loss • Blind / Low Vision • Service Animals

Last updated: January 12, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

72 McBride Avenue Extension
Paterson, NJ 07501



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