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Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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A hidden gem right in our midst!

Go---it's a very photogenic sight. You are on top of the falls & it is breathtaking. The museum... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Woodland Park, New Jersey
Quick visit to see the falls

I am used to National Parks in the West so I was very surprised to see this Natural Site in this... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2018
San Luis Obispo, California
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The history of the City of Paterson includes its beginnings as the ambitious project of Alexander Hamilton and the Society for Establishing Useful Manufacturers (S.U.M.) in 1792 at the Great Falls, the early development of water power systems for...more
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72 McBride Ave Extension, Paterson, NJ 07501-2660
+1 973-523-0370
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Reviewed yesterday

Go---it's a very photogenic sight. You are on top of the falls & it is breathtaking. The museum across the street is a "must see" trip also.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Vecchia724
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Here is the source of the Hudson river in new york. Not high and easy to access. But be careful and bring warm clothes and rainy ones.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank thefirstm
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Too good to miss & the best part is the infrastructure is too good for having multiple viewing angles. Very well thought & designed.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank anir2k
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

What a great stop. Have not been here in over 50 years. Great shots today. Beautiful weather today. Got to see a rainbow

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank paws0810
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

This is a free access park with close in parking. Plenty of different angles to view the falls. We were not disappointed.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Phil G
Reviewed 16 October 2018

My husband and I live in Northern New Jersey and had nothing to do one Sunday afternoon, so I decided since this sight was only half an hour away, we would give it a try. We were blown away! It was absolutely gorgeous from the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank HoustonNonny
Reviewed 15 October 2018

If you want to feel the power of the falls stay local - don't go to Niagra..just yet. This is a lovely walk with the power you love

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 375evelynec
Reviewed 6 October 2018

A hidden NJ gem that is great for a fun walk with kids. The falls are beautiful and there are usually food trucks or ice cream trucks nearby.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SabeenP
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

I am used to National Parks in the West so I was very surprised to see this Natural Site in this very urban setting in a Neighborhood! We parked our car in the only lot I found at the only decent entrance available right now,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CentralCoastDiverSLO
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

I’ve lived 20 min from The Great Falls of Paterson for my entire life and have never been here!! Def worth the stop! It’s pretty amazing that these beautiful Falls are smack in middle of an urban oasis. We weren’t sure where to park, as...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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3 December 2018|
Response from paws0810 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t care where it flows. The Patterson falls were beautiful. The Passaic River is the body of water in which the Falls goes over in Paterson although I once lived in New Jersey 25 years ago and just visited this... More
Allison C
11 November 2018|
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Response from Justin W | Reviewed this property |
I would think about that as there is a lot of walking around the paths. If she was just going to walk around the parking lot and see the falls that would be one thing but there is a some walking involved. Also, right now... More
5 November 2017|
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Response from IlyseG1 | Property representative |
Good morning, I am sorry to just be getting to your question now. Paterson is no different than any other city or busy downtown center. You would want to take the same precautions here that you would in any location... More