Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

72 McBride Avenue Extension
Paterson, NJ - 07501

Type: Waterfalls, Parks
(973) 523-0370
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Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, located in Paterson, New Jersey, is a scenic and historic site that preserves and celebrates the natural beauty and industrial heritage of the Great Falls of the Passaic River. Established in 2011, the park encompasses approximately 77 acres along the banks of the Passaic River, including the majestic Great Falls, which cascade over 77 feet in a spectacular display of natural beauty.

The Great Falls have played a significant role in the history and development of Paterson and the United States as a whole. In the late 18th century, Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, envisioned the Great Falls as an ideal location for industrial development. Thus, Paterson became one of the nation's first planned industrial cities and a hub for manufacturing and innovation during the Industrial Revolution. Today, the park preserves the historic buildings, canals, and infrastructure associated with Paterson's industrial past, providing visitors with a glimpse into the city's rich heritage.

In addition to its historical significance, Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities and educational experiences for visitors. The park features scenic overlooks and walking paths that offer stunning views of the Great Falls and the surrounding landscape, providing opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and photography. Interpretive exhibits and ranger-led programs explore the park's natural and cultural history, highlighting the importance of the Great Falls in shaping the development of the United States.

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park is open year-round, providing visitors with the opportunity to explore and learn about the park's history and natural beauty at their own pace. Whether you're interested in history, or nature, or simply enjoying a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, the park offers something for everyone to enjoy. With its striking waterfalls, historic buildings, and scenic vistas, Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring northern New Jersey.

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