Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park

Quick Facts

Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park

New Jersey

(201) 314-3977

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Things To Do

 

Overview

Home to one of the nation's largest and most spectacular waterfalls, Great Falls was harnessed to power new industries and played a key role in shaping the American Industrial Revolution and building the U.S. economy.

In Paterson, the Great Falls of the Passaic River and the surrounding historic buildings and raceways are the foundation for stories of Alexander Hamilton, the Industrial Revolution, the labor movement and the important contributions of immigrants to the making of America.

Map of Paterson Great Falls NHP

Latitude, Longitude: 40.914632, -74.180144

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Paterson Great Falls is a new national park unit that is open to the public for self guided outdoor activities and tours. Visitors can walk around the historic district and see the mill buildings' architecture and marvel at the powerful great falls.

    A trip to Paterson should include the Great Falls, a National Natural Landmark. Their beauty and power are central to Paterson's story. Trace the paths of the Passaic River and millraces. Take in the mill buildings' architecture in the National Historic Landmark District around the park. Or relax and re-energize by enjoying the natural features at the heart of this historic industrial city.

Seasonality/Weather

New Jersey experiences four distinct seasons and weather can be highly variable from day to day.

Directions

Driving

From the Garden State Parkway

North:

Take exit 155P to Route 19 North. Go two miles and take I-80 West/Grand Street exit. Stay to the right for Grand Street exit ramp. Turn left at light onto Grand. At second light on Grand turn right onto Spruce Street. At second light on Spruce bear right onto McBride Avenue Extension, then make immediate left into Great Falls Overlook parking area.

South:

Take Exit 159 (Saddlebrook) onto I-80 West. Follow the I-80 West directions below.

From I-80

West:

Take Exit 57 B-A. Follow the Downtown Paterson signs. Turn left at second light onto Cianci Street, and left at first light onto Market Street for 1/4 mile. Turn right onto Spruce. Go one block and turn right onto McBride Avenue Extension, then immediately left into Great Falls Overlook parking area.

East:

Take Exit 57 B, circle onto Grand Street exit. At end of exit ramp turn left onto Grand. At second light on Grand turn right onto Spruce Street. At second light on Spruce bear right onto McBride Avenue Extension, then turn immediately left into the Great Falls Overlook parking area.

Public Transportation

New Jersey Transit travels to Paterson.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(201) 314-3977

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