Eternal Flame Falls is a waterfalls of Shale Creek in the southeast corner of Chestnut Ridge Park. A grotto on the right side of the falls has several fissures through which methane gas escapes.
The small grotto at the waterfall’s base emits natural gas, which can be lit to produce a flame. This flame is visible nearly year round, although it can be extinguished and must occasionally be re-lit.
There are lots of fissures in the creek bed through which methane gas escapes, and you’ll smell it as you approach the falls, but the others can’t be set aflame because they are exposed to dissipation by the air currents or are under water (look for rising bubbles).
Eternal Flame Falls is truly one of the most unique waterfalls in the country and one of the few remaining natural areas that we will find on our planet. It is said that the falls may be the only one of its kind in the world.
This is a short but moderate hike you will be hiking in a creek bed, depending on the season and how much rainfall there has been will determine how deep the water will be.
Wear closed toed shoes or hiking boots and bring a BBQ lighter along, you may need to relight the flame.
Please stay on trail at all times, there are sheer cliffs without guide rails along the way, stay mindful of those but as long as you stay on the trail they will not pose any threat.
The park is dog friendly but they must be leashed at all times.
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