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||In Shale Creek Preserve, south
of Chestnut Ridge Park, on Shale Creek, a tributary of Eighteenmile
Creek which flows into Lake Erie, Erie County
Park. This is a maintained but unmarked trail
on the southern side of the park. From the New
York Thruway, take Exit 55 to Route 219 south for
5 miles to New Armour-Duells Road east. Then go .7
mile and turn right onto Route 277 south. Go
about 3.5 miles to Seyfert Road. You will see shoulder
parking and a trailhead about 100 yards after you
turn onto Seyfert Rd.
It is a steep but fairly easy hike to the base of the falls on
a well maintained trail. There was a large family with a few small
children that was pretty nervous about the sheer drop from the train
into the gully, but it is really no problem if you stay on the trail.
Please bring a garbage bag to help carry out the empty bottles and
You can scramble up the falls if you are adventuresome. We went
downstream and returned to the falls on the southern rim of the
gully. We then went down into the gully above the falls down to
the crest, and then up the steep bank to return to the car.
The eternal flame was pretty ephemeral on the day we were there.
We were able to get it going with a cigarette lighter we carry for
emergencies, but it went out after about 30-40 seconds because of
the heavy water flow and a moderate breeze.
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