|Orchard Park, New York, Eternal Flame Falls Hike|
Shale Creek Preserve is a little known section of Chestnut Ridge Park (in Orchard Park, NY).
After a walk through a forest of telephone-pole straight pines and hemlock, we reached a shallow creek that trickled gently over shale steps.
Walking upstream, we gasped when we rounded a bend and glimpsed two flames peeking out from a grotto behind a small waterfall. Although we had read of it in our guidebook, Bruce Kershner’s Secret Places, we were nevertheless surprised to find it lit.
Seeing bubbles coming from the other side of the grotto, Karl lit a stick and held it over. There was a short expulsion, and another flame lit! We could smell gas in the air.
Shale Creek Preserve is great in the Winter too!
Photos by Jennifer and Karl Weir, 8/97, 11/97, 8/98, and 3/99.
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Thanks to my husband Karl for generating a map of the region.
Directions: From Buffalo, take the I90 west to Route 219. Get off at the Armor Duells Rd. exit and turn east. After ½ mile, turn right onto Chestnut Ridge Rd (Rte 277). Turn right onto Seufert Rd. Park along the road next to a gate.