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The Great Falls of Passaic River in Paterson New Jersey is astonishing and an unbelievable sight to behold

Not-to-be-missed Visit To The Great Falls of the Passaic River

May 5, 2014

The wondrous sights and sounds of nature can be experienced should charter bus visitors head on to the Great Falls of the Passaic River. This prominent, thunderous waterfall is 77 feet high, located on the Passaic River in the city of Paterson in New Jersey. The falls itself as well as its surrounding area are protected as part of Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park.

The Great Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the United States, formed approximately at the end of the last ice age, estimated about 13,000 years ago. Viewable from Haines Overlook Park on the south and Mary Ellen Kramer Park on the north, you can even ask your charter bus driver to do a drive-by viewing of the falls from McBride Avenue where it crosses the river just above the Falls.

A Guided Tour

Learn more about the Paterson and Great Falls through a guided tour called “A Stroll Through History-The Paterson Great Falls Orientation Tour”. During this tour, mini bus rental visitors can join a member of the Great Falls Youth Corps, a National Park Ranger or Volunteer for a 45 minute to 1 hour walk that goes on for about 1 mile.

The route of this tour also goes through parts of the Great Falls Historic District and includes visitor facilities such as the Paterson Museum and the Great Falls Historic District Cultural Center. Call 973-523-5295 to schedule a tour for Monday - Friday mornings.

Visiting the Old Great Falls Historic District

Since the Great Falls are located in an urban area in New Jersey, rental bus visitors can take some time to visit other nearby attractions such as the Old Great Falls Historic District. This area is home to some interesting attractions such as Lambert Castle.

Lambert Castle

Valley Road, Garret Mountain Reservation, Paterson, NJ

Built in 1892 as a home for owner of silk mill Catholina Lambert, the Lambert Castle, formerly known as Belle Vista, is grandiose, erected in Medieval Revival architecture style. This castle built mainly from sandstone and granite now serves as headquarters for both the Passaic County Park Department and the Passaic County Historical Society.

How to get to Lambert Castle:

  • From NJ Route 80 East or West. Take exit 57A onto Rt. 19 South for 1/2 mile. Exit at Valley Rd. Clifton. Turn right 100 feet to entrance for Lambert Castle.
  • From NJ Garden State Parkway - Northbound. Take exit 155P onto Rt 19 North. First Exit onto Broad St Clifton. Make right onto Broad St to first light. Make left on Fenner Ave to first light. Make right onto Valley Rd. Five blocks to entrance. Parkway Southbound. Take exit onto Rt 80 Westbound. Follow directions above.
  • From NYC: Take Lincoln Tunnel to Rt 3 West. 15 miles to Valley Rd, Clifton (when Rt 3 ends at intersection with Rt 46.) Take Valley Rd northbound for 2 miles to entrance on left.

To avoid getting lost heading to many different areas in New Jersey, just hire a charter bus from a bus company in New Jersey. Then all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the trip. Call 1-800-304-1993 or 973-622-8143 to request a quote or reserve a bus.