Perusing Paterson: An Urban National Park
Paterson Great Falls is a newer unit of the National Park Service, open to visitors for self-guided outdoor activities and tours. Here you will find the Great Falls of the Passaic River, a National Natural Landmark. The centerpiece of the park, their beauty and power are central to Paterson's story and the Historic District. Whether viewing them at a distance from Overlook Park or feeling their spray in Mary Ellen Kramer Park, the Falls are a "must-see" for anyone visiting the area.
Want to learn more about the Falls and Paterson's role as the first planned industrial city in the nation? Join one of our free Guided Walking Tours!
Interested in a program at the Park, having a ranger visit your location, or a virtual program? We offer a wide variety of in-Park and off-site programming, from tours to teaching activities.Information on school, scout, or youth activity can be found on our Education Program page - for all other programs visit our Public Programs & Special Events page.
Whether young in years or young at heart, explore a wide range of activities for even more fun! Check out our Kids & Youth page for Jr. Ranger and Scout Ranger information, coloring activities, and more!
In addition to our Park, there are several historical sites and museums surrounding the Falls. Paterson Great Falls is also located within the vicinity of several other National Parks and recreational areas. To learn more, visit our Nearby Attractions webpage.