Friday, March 28, 2014

Keep on Falling

Today I'm co-hosting with one of my blog favorites for the #ResidentTourist linkup she's doing. So what is it?

From Setarra herself:

The #ResidentTourist Link up is a monthly link up that provides a place where bloggers can share their local adventures; major emphasis on local. It's all about taking advantage of the awesome opportunities your town/city/place of residence has to offer as opposed to taking them for granted, which I personally am guilty of doing all the time. 

Today I'm taking you over to Paterson, NJ where hidden downtown there are waterfalls. Not just water falling over a small retaining wall, but actual waterfalls. Even more than that, it's a National Park. Who knew!?

I actually learned about the falls from Yelp and since it's in my backyard I knew I needed to check it out.

A little history, the falls became a National Natural Landmark, as well as a National Historic Landmark, in 1967. However, "on March 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Act as part of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act." Source

I was actually pretty impressed with the fact that there were falls in the middle of an urban city. The falls are fed by the Passaic River. This is the first one you see.

From here you have to walk along the sidewalk to the high bridge you saw in the above picture. That takes you to Mary Ellen Kramer park where you walk over the bridge and get a bit closer to the falls.

There's not a lot to this park but it was a nice Saturday well spent last summer. I absolutely plan on going again.

There's more to NJ than just the malls. Maybe that should be our new slogan? If you've got something fun in your city, or just want to share a fun trip you took, link up!


  1. What a surprise to come across waterfalls like that in the middle of an urban area. They're beautiful!

  2. when toronto thaws, i'll join the party. but right now, everything is frozen shut

    Vodka and Soda

  3. i envy this scene of nature - i don't live anywhere close to a waterfall and have rarely visited any. i love them though! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder