Eternal Flame Trail is a hiking trail in Erie County, New York. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 1,198 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 181 feet. The Eternal Flame Parking is near the trailhead. The Eternal Flame Falls attraction can be seen along the trail. There is also a wood along the trail.
Eternal Flame Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Eternal Flame Falls cuts deep into a gorge through a layer of Hanover Shale of the Late Devonian Epoch that is 85 to 95-feet thick. This shale is greenish-gray to gray colored with some black bands. The water of Shale Creek slides over the rough shale in two distinct stages to form the waterfall. The walk to this waterfall begins through a pleasant forest of pine, maple and hemlock trees, then heads steeply into the gorge on a well-trodden dirt trail. The final 0.2 mile requires a walk in the creekbed. Upon entering the gorge at the base of Eternal Flame Falls you’ll notice a change in the ambient aroma. What you smell is the natural gas that leaks from between the shale layers. When we visited in late August, two flames were burning at eye level to the right of the waterfall, each in its own little indented area in the shale. We’ve heard there can be 3 flames visible, sometimes even behind a wall of water."
--Rich & Sue Freeman, 200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide (Footprint Press).
"A flame powered by a natural gas source in a grotto behind a waterfall: What could be more intriguing? Find your way down the gorge and up the creek to witness this fascinating phenomenon."
--Randi Minetor, Hiking Waterfalls in New York (Falcon Guides).
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