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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

Hwy 277, Orchard Park, NY
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.
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World Record Eternal Flame

There is now a well marked trail and parking at the coordinates of 42.7021404, -78.7474509 They even provided nice steps for 2023. Certainly, if it rains, then walking through the stream might be a little bit more difficult. Stay on the trail! Hiking out on unmarked trails out of the gorge has caused fatalities.

[Bret, 10/02/2023]

World Record Eternal Flame.

World Record Eternal Flame

Want to make sure to wear sturdy shoes; you will get wet because you have to cross a stream or water to get optimal viewing. Not horribly strenuous but quite a bit of up and down.

Would recommend bringing a lighter. You can relight the flame if it goes out.

[Brooke Chesson-Riedel, 08/15/2019]
World Record Eternal Flame

Take the path down. We tried to go down the hill and it was a little steep and treacherous.

[Virginia, 08/07/2018]

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]

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