The township of Little Falls, named for the beautiful Passaic River waterfall that spills downstream from a dam in front of the former Beattie Carpet Mill, traces its heritage to 1711. The nearly three-square-mile town is bordered by the communities of Montclair, Wayne, Totowa, Woodland Park, North Caldwell, Fairfield and Clifton.
Unlike many communities in Northern New Jersey, Little Falls has managed to retain a small town feel. Its convenient location, situated on the Garden State Parkway; US Routes 80 and 46 as well as New Jersey Routes 3 and 23; along with numerous public transit options make the township an ideal place of residence for commuters. The many residents who commute elsewhere to work are among the best served in the metropolitan area, with frequent rail and bus service operated by New Jersey Transit. For many residents local shopping, schools and a variety of other services are within walking distance.
The township is divided into three separate areas: Great Notch, which comprises the easternmost part; Singac which is the western section of town; and the downtown area which locals call “The Center of Town.” Main Street runs directly through the town center and is lined with lovely “mom & pop” stores and a wide variety of restaurants.
The old Morris Canal, once an important artery of trade and transportation between the Delaware and Hudson Rivers, wound its way through the town, and vestiges of it still serve as a reminder of Little Falls’ long history.
During most of the years of its existence, the Beattie Carpet Mill was the town's major employer. The mill was closed more than thirty years ago, and the former factory's buildings have since been converted into a large condominium complex called The Mill at Little Falls. Many of the units overlook Little Falls on the Passaic River.