Who would believe that a 77-foot-high waterfall calls itself home within the industrial city of Paterson, NJ? When visiting this majestic waterfall, you can almost imagine that you are in some remote state park for all the beauty it affords. The Parking lot is across from the falls with picnic tables and some grass. There is an access bridge and walkway that takes you right near the falls, where you can enjoy it from up close.
The view from the parking lot is only a fraction of the waterfall. The waterfall is a series of wider and narrower cascades set in a chasm. The mist from the powerful waterfall reaches the visitors walking alongside the waterfalls.
The second time we visited we parked on the street across the Mary Ellen Kramer Park (which is just behind the waterfall) and entered through the park entrance which led to the area behind the waterfall with pathways and benches.
Note: Due to safety concerns the footbridge crossing the Passaic River is indefinitely closed, pending replacement.
Updated: May 17, 2023
Posted: April 5, 2018
Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.
Parking -Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park:
72 McBride Ave,
Paterson, NJ 07501
Approximate Distance from:
Brooklyn Bridge: 45 min
Lakewood: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Monsey: 35 minutes