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Eternal Flame Falls

The eternal fight or rather a cooperation of the two natural powers of water and fire at the Eternal Flame Falls

Eternal Flame Falls in Niagara Falls 2019 - Best Time
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A small flame is flickering inside a waterfall, and it's not a joke. It really exists and has a scientific explanation. The waterfall even got its name of the Eternal Flame Falls due to this phenomenon. This waterfall is located in the Shale Creek Preserve, Chestnut Ridge Park in Western New York.

Eternal Flame Falls in Niagara Falls - Best Season 2019

So what's the secret? A small grotto hidden beneath the waterfall emits natural gas, which produces this small flame. Such natural gas pockets are quite common, but the fact that it is right inside the waterfall with water around it makes this place truly unique.

Best time for Eternal Flame Falls in Niagara Falls 2019
Best time to see Eternal Flame Falls in Niagara Falls 2019

The flame is visible almost year round, but summer months are the driest, so there might be no water flowing down the falls. It's also the busiest time of the year. Hikers bring lighters along in case the fire is extinguished by water to lit it up again.

The Eternal Flame Falls is located within Chestnut Ridge Park outside of North Boston, New York. It's less than an hour drive from Niagara Falls and about a six-seven hour drive from New York City. If you happen to be in western New York, make sure to grab a lighter and visit this magical place.