Chestnut Ridge Park
6121 Chestnut Ridge Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Open year-round, 7:00 AM – Dusk
If you’re in Western New York and looking for a short hike, look no further than Chestnut Ridge Park. The park has ten short trails, ranging from 0.23 miles to 2.6 miles.
The most popular, and most exciting, trail at the park is the Eternal Flame Trail. The trail is a 0.5 mile hike beginning at the parking lot and ending at a waterfall. But this isn’t just any waterfall. Set back in the rock is the eternal flame. The water from the waterfall falls in front of the flame, making something you have never seen before!
The flame is produced by a constant stream of gas coming from the earth. As you hike the trail, the smell of gas grows stronger until you reach the flame. I would recommend bringing a lighter so you can light the flame if it is out.
The best part about the Eternal Flame Trail is that you can hike it any time of year. In the summer, it is a refreshing hike through a creek ending at the waterfall. At the base of the waterfall, there is a flat area covered with about an inch of water. It’s the perfect place to sit in the water and cool off.
In the winter, it is a hike over the frozen creek ending at a wall of ice. The sound of water flowing under your feet through the hike amazing in winter. Just be careful you don’t fall through the ice (I almost did a couple of times).
After you hike the Eternal Flame, check out the rest of Chestnut Ridge Park. You can get a great view of Buffalo, NY from the main building.
Have you hiked the Eternal Flame Trail? Let me know what you thought in the comments.