The majestic Paterson Great Falls plunge 77 feet into a 300-foot-wide chasm and have long been a source of inspiration and power. Paterson, the nation’s first planned industrial city, was founded by Alexander Hamilton when implementing an innovative hydropower system using the Passaic River to power nearby mills. The success of this ambitious plan served to support the United States’ economic independence.
General George Washington even picnicked by the waterfall with the Marquis de Lafayette, Alexander Hamilton, and James McHenry during the Revolutionary War on July 10, 1778.
Today, the natural oasis is surrounded by a unique urban park setting as the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. Visit the National Park Service’s website here to learn more.
Education Programs, Field Trips, Guided Tours, Park Store, Permits, Scenic Views, Virtual Tours, & Volunteer Opportunities
Please visit the National Park Service’s website before planning your visit as features are subject to change.
General Admission - Free
72 McBride Avenue Extension Paterson, NJ07501
Hours of Operation
The Paterson Great Falls can be viewed from Overlook Park, as well as from Mary Ellen Kramer Park off of Maple Avenue.
Please visit the National Park Service’s website before planning your visit as hours of operation change seasonally.