Orchard Park, New York: World Record Eternal Flame

A flame a few inches high from a natural gas seep flickers behind a forest waterfall, as it has since prehistoric times. Declared a "world record" for its longevity by Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. The eternal flame does go out on occasion; visitors are advised to bring lighters.

Chestnut Ridge Park

Address:
Hwy 277, Orchard Park, NY
Directions:
From the town of North Boston drive north on Hwy 277 for two miles. The road bends sharply to the left, and just after it you'll see a parking lot on the left. Park there and follow the Eternal Flame Hiking Trail for around a half-mile. Pictures of little flames mark the trees along the path. You'll smell it before you see it.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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World Record Eternal Flame.

World Record Eternal Flame

The hike is quite easy -- a little steep in some places but not very long. Loved it and will go back!

[Ida, 07/10/2017]
World Record Eternal Flame

Do not enter from the side of the road. Enter from the parking lot and follow the signs. There are not that many. Stay on the paths! Everyone we met was "lost."

[Cricket And Chickie, 07/22/2016]

Eternal flame.

World Record Eternal Flame

The Eternal Flame is in a beautiful location, and it's a fun hike.

[Kelly Buckley, 05/31/2015]

World Record Eternal Flame.

World Record Eternal Flame

A recent storm has knocked down some trees and made the trail more challenging, but it's still doable.

[Stacy, 01/01/2015]

The eternal flame is that little glowing jet of gas under the waterfall.

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