These nearby museums are themeatically connected to the story of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, the nations earliest planned city of industry.
The Paterson Museum located at 2 Market Street, Paterson, NJ; 2-3 minute walk from the park - Please Note: The museum is closed to the public until further notice - for school and group tour reservations call 973-321-1260.
Lambert Castle located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ; 10 minute drive from the park - Please Note: Inside Lambert Castle is temporarily closed for renovations. Visitors may still enjoy the Garret Mountain hiking trails. Visit the Lambert Castle website for the latest updates.
Hiking and Outdoor Recreation
There are many opportunities for hiking and recreational activities near Paterson - the two most prominent include Garret Mountain Reservation and the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
Garret Mountain Reservation:
Located approx. five minutes from Paterson Great Falls, Garret Mountain Reservation offers numerous recreational activities including hiking,biking, birdwatching, and seasonal activities such as cross-country skiing. Overlooks provide striking views of Paterson, it's environs, and views of the New York City skyline. Garret Mountain is part of the National Natural Landmark designation which helped establish the Great Falls of the Passaic as a protected resource in 1967.
The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge forms a major part of the watershed of the Passaic River. The first National Wildlife Refuge in the country, this U.S. Fish and Wildlife site offers hiking, birdwatching and wildlife blinds, ranger-led programming, and other activities. The refuge is approx. 50 min. by car from Paterson and located close to Morristown National Historical Park.