Chasing the Flame: Exploring the Mysterious Beauty of Eternal Flame Falls
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Eternal Flame Falls, located in Chestnut Ridge Park, just outside of Buffalo, New York. This stunning natural wonder is a must-see for anyone who loves hiking, nature, and adventure.
The Eternal Flame Falls gets its name from the small flame that burns behind the waterfall all year round. This flame is the result of natural gas that seeps out from the rocks beneath the waterfall, and it creates a truly unique and magical atmosphere. The flame is protected by a small alcove in the rock, which helps to keep it burning even when the waterfall is flowing heavily.
The waterfall and the flame have been known to the local Seneca Native American tribe for centuries, and they have long considered the site to be a sacred place. They believed that the flame was a gift from the Great Spirit, and that it symbolized the eternal flame of life. The Seneca tribe used the site for spiritual and healing purposes, and it was considered a place of great power and significance.
In the 19th century, the area around the waterfall was developed into a public park, and the site became a popular destination for locals and tourists. Over time, the site was somewhat neglected and became overgrown, but in the 1980s, efforts were made to restore the park and protect the flame. Today, the Eternal Flame Falls is a popular destination for hikers, nature lovers, and anyone who wants to experience the natural beauty of western New York.
When you arrive at Chestnut Ridge Park, you’ll need to park in the designated parking area and then take a short hike to get to the falls. The hike is a bit difficult, and it should take you 30 -40 minutes to reach the falls. The trail is not that well-maintained, there are slopes and wet muddy slippery areas. Just be sure to keep an eye on your little ones, as the rocks near the falls can be slippery and dangerous. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water with you.
When you reach the waterfall, you’ll see the small flame flickering behind the water. It’s a truly mesmerising sight, and you can’t help but feel a sense of awe and wonder at the natural beauty of the world. You can even walk behind the waterfall to get a closer look at the flame.
The Eternal Flame Falls is a great place to visit with kids and families. The hike is short but walk cautiously to avoid slipping and falling on the rocks, but they will be amazed by the flame behind the waterfall. If you have some extra time, there are plenty of other attractions in the area worth visiting. Nearby Buffalo is a vibrant city with a thriving arts and culture scene, and Niagara Falls is just a short drive away. If you’re coming from Ontario, the falls are an easy day trip and definitely worth the drive.
Whether you’re visiting in the summer or the winter, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained in the area. In the summer, you can hike, swim, and explore the local parks and attractions. In the winter, the area is transformed into a winter wonderland, with skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports available.
Overall, the Eternal Flame Falls is a truly unique and magical place that is definitely worth a visit. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or just looking for a beautiful and peaceful place to relax, this natural wonder has something for everyone.