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Great Falls National Historical Park
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Paterson
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NJ-USA
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45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Not much in the area besides Libby's, which just happens to be "the" original hot dog joint. Paterson was a great city, but has been mismanaged for decades.

Visited September 2012
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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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1,495 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,667 helpful votes
“Natural Beauty in an urban setting”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Drive around a bit until you can park with a good view of the falls. Go after a heavy rain for best volume. You can park once and visit the falls, the Paterson Museum and grab a bite at the adjacent Burger King. Truly impressive--no Niagara, but plenty of force.

Visited December 2011
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Blue Point, New York
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29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice but needs help!”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Waterfalls provide a great sense of calm but the area around here needs work. You don't realize that you've entered a National Park Area. The public pathways were filthy, garbage cans overflowed and the pathways need to be repaved. Unless you're on the bridge the closest you look at the falls is through a fence.

This place needs signs to point the way to the viewing areas but at least you can't really get lost. There is a visitor center and the one person working (we saw this on a Sunday) was friendly and helpful. If you have a National Parks Passport this is the place to get it stamped.

Visited August 2012
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Paterson, New Jersey
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“"Great Falls" That's the Perfect Title”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

I've lived in Paterson my whole life so I have the opportunity to see the Falls when in the area or going to Libby's. It's even more beautiful in the winter months when the Falls freeze up. It's also nice when they have the "Falls Festival" there!

Visited August 2012
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Montville, New Jersey
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475 attraction reviews
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“Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

Carved out by glaciers 13,000 years ago the Great Falls are 77' high and a wonderous natural phenomenon. The Lenape Native Americans first made use of the fall and later the Dutch in the 1690's. By 1793 the falls was used to develop mill works, locomoter works, and the Colt Revolver. All this history and more can be learned at the visitor center located adjacent to the falls or by visiting the Paterson Museum. The best views and photography can be had on the foot bridge over the falls, Haines Overlook Park on the south or Mary Ellen Kramer Park on the north. As of this date the National Park System has not developed the Great Falls area or Historic district so self-guided tours and free admission exist. The downside is that the Great Falls are in a troubled neighborhood. Once federal money is pumped into the park things should improve.

Visited February 2012
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