Here in Western New York, Niagara Falls is our most well-known series of waterfalls. However, they are not our only ones—Western New York boasts a number of these impressive bodies of water, all visible via short hikes through our state parks. They include:
1. Akron Falls - Akron Falls Park in Akron, Erie County
Just a short hike and you wind up at this little oasis along Murder Creek (see here for the legend behind the eerie name). The waterhole is a great escape on a hot summer day.
2. Eternal Flame Falls - Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, Erie County
Park your car at Seufert Rd. and take a stroll following the Blue Trail, where you will eventually walk up Shake Creek to find a flame burning underneath the falls. This unique phenomenon occurs from a combination of pockets of natural methane gas escaping from Hanover Shale, and helpful passers-by that occasionally have to relight the flame if it goes out.
3. Lower Falls and Upper Falls - Letchworth State Park in Wyoming County
Lower Falls, Letchworth State Park
Upper Falls, Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East, is home to a some of the region’s most remarkable waterfalls along the Genesee River.