• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

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  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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  • RT Distance:

    1.5 Miles

Easy Parking

A flame burning methane gas from the shale stone behind the waterfall!

I'd heard two things about this particular waterfall before seeing it: the flame isn't always lit (so bring a lighter) and the current depends on the rain. 

Parking was simple; the falls is in the corner of Chestnut Ridge Park and there are many entrances, but the hike itself has it's own parking area off Seufert Road and Route 277. It's a short mile and a half hike total and there are easy to follow flame trail markers that lead you to the falls itself. 

The creek is dependent on rainfall so it may not be running very strong. The trail is clean and well cared for until you get down to the creek where it loops back and forth across the water, but there are lots of options and debris to hop on and avoid getting wet.

Just follow until you reach the falls. There flame markers are present even while you're walking beside the creek so there's not really a way to get lost.

There will be signs reminding you not to climb the shale stone as it is fragile. 

You will be able to smell the methane leaks and even see bubble in the water if it's flowing well enough.

There is a gap in the back of the falls behind the water, if the flame isn't already lit when you get their just light it yourself. It catches easily and will burn steadily. 

Because the trail isn't a boardwalk or staircase there isn't much traffic, you may see some people but we had the whole hike to ourselves. It's downhill on the way there and then uphill on the way back! Enjoy! 

Pack List

  • Lighter
  • Water
  • Long pants (walking through brush at some points)
  • Optional stick (it's uphill on the return trip)
  • Camera
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Erin Armstrong

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