Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park

November 2011 Brings Two New National Parks

November 18, 2011, 11:52 am

This month has been a quite an exciting one for fans of our national parks and public lands. In addition to releasing the 50-State America’s Great Outdoors Report, which outlines more than 100 projects designed to protect special places and increase access to outdoor spaces, the Department of the Interior also dedicated two new national parks.

Americans are now the proud new owners of two great recreation destinations that boast both natural beauty and cultural and historical significance:

Fort Monroe National Monument. Source: / Fort Monroe AuthorityFort Monroe National Monument, a 19th century former Army post in Hampton, Virginia that is integral to the history of slavery, the Civil War and the U.S. military, was dedicated on November 1, 2011. Fort Monroe is open to the public, and visitors are welcome to explore the grounds.


Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. Source: Public DomainPaterson Great Falls National Historical Park, in Paterson, New Jersey, is home to one of the nation's largest and most spectacular waterfalls, Great Falls, which was harnessed to power new industries and played a key role in shaping the American Industrial Revolution and building the U.S. economy. The park was dedicated on November 7, 2011.

The park 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. Can't get there in person? Get a sneak peak of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. Watch as the Great Falls plummet 77 feet via a live EarthCam!

While the National Park Service is working to provide programming, both parks are still open to visitors. Park planning will take place via a public planning process. Have suggestions for your new national parks? Get in touch with the National Park Service and let them know!

As the two new parks begin to take shape, stay tuned and check back often for the latest news on recreation opportunities and other developments at the parks.

Images: Fort Monroe National Monument; Source: / Fort Monroe Authority. Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.