Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park is one of the newest additions to the national park service. Located 12 miles from New York City this spectacular natural attraction gained historic significance in the early stages of the American Industrial Revolution. Supplying water that powered the nation's first manufacturing center Great Falls was pivotal in the center's success.
The waterfall is 77 feet high and emerged approximately 13,000 years ago at the end of the ice age. Early native Lenape Indians made this area their home before Dutch settlers came in the 17th century. So this spectacular park is rich in history just waiting to be discovered by you when you visit.
In 1778 Alexander Hamilton realized the potential of water power for industrial development and he spearheaded the development of the nation's first planned industrial city. The best spot to begin your hike in the park is a bronze statue of Alexander Hamilton that stands right on the viewing platform that overlooks this impressive waterfall.