A National park for the 21st century

The Paterson Great Falls is the most historic place that virtually no one in America has ever heard of, let alone visited. Soon that will change. On November 7, 2011, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar dedicated America's 397th national park. It is a National Park like no other. Learn more.

The Alexander Hamilton visitor center

Future park visitors will have a new way to experience the history, culture, and beauty of the Paterson Great Falls National Park—the Alexander Hamilton Center at the Great Falls. The center will tell the stories of the park and Paterson that appeal to current and future generations of park visitors. Learn more.

Building for the Future

To celebrate Paterson's past, we look to the future. The Paterson National Park will be a vital contributing part of the community. The National Park will provide a vehicle for economic progress and a source of local pride, and the Park will help transform the image of Paterson for living and investment. Learn more.


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Message from Darren Boch, Superintendent of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park:

To ensure the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff we are following guidance from federal, state and local health authorities by closing the Welcome Center. When a re-opening date is determined, the information will be provided on our website and social media feeds. Meanwhile, the park parking lot and grounds remain open to visitors.

The National Park Service is welcoming public comments on the new Alexander Hamilton Visitor Center. Please visit the NPS Park Planning for the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park page to submit your comment.

NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment