At the Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey, spectacular natural beauty and American history come together at the heart of one of Americas newest national parks.
For many Americans, the idea of a national park evokes the likes of Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon. And like them, this national park features a spectacular natural wonder, the Great Falls of the Passaic River, one of the nations most powerful waterfalls.
But the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park is about more than natural beauty. Its about the urban experience: located right in the center of a city of some 150,000 residents, less than 15 miles from Manhattan. Its about the human spirit, and the many immigrants who came to this country to build a better life for their families. Its about perseverance, and men and women overcoming incredible odds. Its about America, and our nations rise to become the worlds greatest manufacturing power.
Download Mill Mile, the self-guided walking tour of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, and a diverse mix of Paterson youth, historians, actors and athletes, and other public figures as they guide you through the citys rich history and vibrant present. Youll even hear a bit of poetry, salsa, and rap.
The Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park is one of our newest national parks, and theres still plenty to seebeginning with the awesome power of the Great Falls itself. Lets get started!