Our Newest National Park – Paterson Great Falls NHP

Earlier this week New Jersey, in fact the entire country, welcomed our newest National Historic Park, Paterson Freat Falls National Historic Park, which contains the Paterson Great Falls and surrounding areas of Paterson.

Great Falls (Passaic River)

Great Falls (Passaic River), (Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The 397th addition to our National Park system is intended to commemorate both the natural wonders and powers of the falls, but also the history of the industries that had risen up in the Paterson area that took advantage of the great hydropower and other local natural resources. The park, in southern Paterson, can be easily accessed from Route 80, Rt. 46, or the Garden State Parkway.

Plan Your Visit

Trails of Garret Mountain Reservation

Trails of Garret Mountain Reservation (photo by Chris Casciano)

If you’re visiting the area, also consider traveling just south and doing a bit of hiking over the 7 miles of trails in Garret Mountain Reservation which provide a skyline view of distant NYC, or stopping into the Paterson Museum at Lambert Castle.


Lambert Castle

Lambert Castle (photo by Chris Casciano)

Here are a few links with more information on the Great Falls and this week’s dedication ceremony:

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