Paterson Falls

Return to Paterson Great Falls

2 years ago
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From the edge of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park along McBride Avenue, our journey led us toward the bridge—though not the footbridge—to take a right turn onto Maple Street, guiding us to Mary Ellen Kramer Park.

As we drew nearer, the realization dawned that we might have left our vehicle on the Paterson Great Falls side and strolled over to Mary Ellen Kramer Park, given the scant parking. Nonetheless, luck favored us, and we secured a spot across from the park.

Sitting in the car, a sense of unease crept over me, sensing the imminent rainfall. Swiftly, I disembarked and hastened toward the park, clutching my hefty camera and phone, making a beeline for the lookout point.

“Whoa!” escaped my lips as I stood before the plunging waters. I felt akin to Jodie Foster in “Contact” as she beheld outer space for the first time. Mouth agape, I stood transfixed, unable to articulate a coherent thought; it was utterly captivating, an unbelievable sight!

It was as though I was gazing upon Niagara Falls from the Canadian side or aboard the Maid of the Mist. I stood in speechless awe. It’s a pity that such a magnificent view isn’t frequented by more. It’s right in the neighborhood, yet people flock elsewhere.

To those hesitant to visit this park, I urge them not to miss out on experiencing this truly remarkable American gem. Amidst the thousands of parks across the nation, this one undoubtedly ranks high on my list of must-see destinations in the northeast.

I envy those who reside nearby, mere steps away. They can stroll, jog, bring their children or pets, and unwind at the park whenever they please.

True, navigating the traffic as visitors requires patience, but the reward at day’s end outweighs the inconvenience. Plus, there’s no admission fee to boot.

Paterson Great Falls from the Mary Ellen Kramer Park side

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