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Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

Closed Now: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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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 October 1, 2018
San Luis Obispo, California
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Finally saw the Falls!!

I’ve lived 20 min from The Great Falls of Paterson for my entire life and have never been here... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
Denville, New Jersey
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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 1 week ago

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

Thank anir2k
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank paws0810
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Phil G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank HoustonNonny
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank 375evelynec
Reviewed October 6, 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.

Thank SabeenP
Reviewed October 1, 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

Thank CentralCoastDiverSLO
Reviewed September 29, 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

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Reviewed September 25, 2018

This is an unexpected site because you wouldn't expect to find such a natural site in the middle of a city. They offer two guided tours every day during the summer season. I don't know when they change the schedule, but it's still that way...More

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IlyseG1, Front Office Manager at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2018

Hello, Thank you for your post. You are correct, we will be changing our tour times, we usually do that in mid October, though we are hoping to have the staff to not have to do this. We will post that information on our website...More

Reviewed September 25, 2018

The Great Falls National Historic Park is totally unexpected. As one of our beautiful National Parks, it's not at all crowded or expensive. There is a lot more history here than the falls. There are two guided tours daily at 11am and 2pm. I'm not...More

Thank cphecate
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Allison C
November 11, 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
November 4, 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
Bob K
May 28, 2017|
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Response from Justin W | Reviewed this property |
They have a big parking lot in front of the fall that is currently under construction but there is another across the street by the ranger station.