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Location In Shale Creek Preserve, south of Chestnut Ridge Park, on Shale Creek, a tributary of Eighteenmile Creek which flows into Lake Erie, Erie County
Access Public, 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 other trash.

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.