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Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

72 McBride Ave Extension, Paterson, NJ 07501-2660
+1 973-523-0370
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Be sure to stop in the welcome center before you go to the falls. The staff is knowledgeable and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mike M
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Very picturesque on a clear day. The roar of the falling water is deafening, and the mist is exhilerating.

Very enjoyable, there is a small museum, check for times that it is open. You can roam the site for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
51peted
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Paterson, 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 industrial use, and the various types of manufacturing that occurred in the District's mills into the 20th Century. These included cotton fabrics, railroad locomotives, textile machinery, jute, and silk spinning, weaving, and dyeing, among many others. The Great Falls also represents compelling stories of the lives of immigrants who labored in the mills, those who owned and operated manufacturing concerns and became wealthy, and the quest of laborers and the labor movement for better working conditions and pay. Immigrants still settle today in Paterson to pursue their versions of Hamilton's vision, creating a diverse and vibrant culture.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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72 McBride Ave Extension, Paterson, NJ 07501-2660
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+1 973-523-0370
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Be sure to stop in the welcome center before you go to the falls. The staff is knowledgeable and will give you some ideas about how to go about your visit. The falls are as beautiful as they’re pictured, the surrounding park is serene, and...More

Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very enjoyable, there is a small museum, check for times that it is open. You can roam the site for 1 to 2 hours or more if you like. There is an old powerhouse generating building in the path of the falls.

Thank 51peted
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I started doing the Passport for National Park and decided to start with my own town. Paterson Great Falls is a hidden Gem in the 3rd largest city of New Jersey. The area is beautiful, You can either do the walk on your own or...More

Thank Carla D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had no idea there were Falls right here in NJ. Absolutely beautiful. We made a trip to Paterson just to see the Falls. It's a cute little town and worth a short drive to visit.

Thank amandac1127
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Ilyse G, Front Office Manager at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so very much for your comment. We are glad that you had a good time. Ilyse.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I just looked at the falls from the bridge. We did not have the time to hike the trail. But even that far away it was an amazing view. There is a part under construction as of May 2018, so be sure...More

Thank Kelley P
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Ilyse G, Manager at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for posting and for letting people know to check our website regarding parking locations.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful walking path and bridges with an excellent up close view of the falls. Hardly any people around...mostly locals.

Thank LuAnn G
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Ilyse G, Manager at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are glad that you had a nice visit. Thank you for posting.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took an afternoon to go on the tour of the Paterson Great Falls. Who knew this city had so much to do with the industry and building of our nation! We enjoyed, very much, the young man who led our tour group. He was...More

Thank LeeCaldwell
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Ilyse G, Front Office Manager at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments. We are glad that you had a good time and connected with the history of Paterson.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in an old, industrial area, the falls are quite a surprise. Presently, one side of the falls is under construction to complete a park area. The falls are still accessible on the other side of the river. It is a short walk to see...More

Thank Hollis P
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

At 300 feet wide and 77 feet high, these were powerful falls to visit right after heavy rains most of the week. The Passaic River was full and the water was gushing everywhere creating such a grand effect. Paterson Falls became part of the National...More

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Ilyse G, Front Office Manager at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thank you for your post. I am glad to hear that our Rangers were helpful.

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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Don't know how healthy it is to inhale the mist from the Paterson Falls. The air quality didn't smell very good.

Thank Jfrederi
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TREK39
5 November 2017|
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Response from Ilyse G | 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
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Bob K
28 May 2017|
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Response from Lauren C | Reviewed this property |
over by the old baseball field.
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Dan E
19 May 2017|
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Response from TaleofGenji | Reviewed this property |
No trails unfortunately. Landlocked in the middle of the city there is a footbridge and some stairs to climb around the falls and very small park areas surrounding.
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