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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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Huge Water Falls

The Falls are grand and easy to walk around...rather too many fences that made it very difficult to... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2019
Catriona H
Amazing waterfalls in New Jersey

I'm always fascinated with waterfalls. Whenever I visit a particular place and will hear of the... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2019
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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
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My sister and I took a drive up the NJ Parkway t visit The Patterson Fals. It was a sunny spring day. The falls were amazing and. Got some great photos. We also visit a few museums that were in walking distance from the falls....More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful especilly in the summer. Very relaxing. Great place for pics and tranquility. I visited multiples times in all different seasons and never a disappointment.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lizzi1129
Reviewed 13 February 2019 via mobile

I spoke with a Park Service staffer who had spent all 67 of his years living in and around Paterson. Never saw anything quite like this. Unusually heavy rainfall brought the river flow to unseasonably high levels creating a spray which fell as freezing rain...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 12 February 2019

The Falls are grand and easy to walk around...rather too many fences that made it very difficult to get decent photographs. Otherwise a pleasant way to spend an afternoon enjoying the open air and wonderful falls .... being sunny there ware rainbows in the spray!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Catriona H
Reviewed 3 February 2019

I'm always fascinated with waterfalls. Whenever I visit a particular place and will hear of the existence of a waterfall, I would usually go. It was quite wrong timing though that I visited New Jersey in January, during winter. But the view was still fascinating....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sam24112013
Reviewed 21 January 2019

We were heading home to MD after seeing family in CT, and needed a spot to stretch the legs after a few hours in traffic. This is just off the freeway, and was a nice touch of nature in the endless city. The falls were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 17 January 2019

Paterson Falls is the 2nd largest waterfall east of the Mississippi, and a fun place to visit anytime of year. Take a couple minutes to visit the National Park building nearby before taking in the falls. Would also suggest a trip to the Paterson museum...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank car0344
Reviewed 8 January 2019

Hard to believe this is in New Jersey, but it is! Beautiful waterfalls and historic area. There was a bit of garbage on some of the sidewalks but the view was worth it.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank katjotraveler
Reviewed 4 January 2019 via mobile

It was Amazing I made a live video and got 1,200 viws in two days people love it. You will enjoy it specially after rain.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Cuni27
Reviewed 14 December 2018

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
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4 December 2018|
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Response from Lorraine M | Reviewed this property |
The Passaic River ends in Newark Bay.
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