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Chestnut Ridge County Park, Orchard Park

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Chestnut Ridge Park is a 1213acre park in Orchard Park, New York, originally named for the chestnut trees on its hills. It is currently the largest park operated by the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, and is open year-round.The Chestnut Ridge Park property was acquired by Erie County in 1926, and it was one of the first parks established by the county. The park's facilities and landscapes were improved substantially by the Works Progress Administration throughout the 1930s.Facilities and Attractions The park has facilities and space for tennis, hiking, disc golf, snowmobiling, sledding and other outdoor activities. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has held summer concerts at the base of the sledding hill, which provides an amphitheater-like setting. On a clear day, the sledding hill offers views of Buffalo and Lake Erie. Toboggan chutes also operate on the sled hill during the winter. The Eternal Flame Falls, a small waterfall containing a natural "eternal flame," is located within the park. The falls are situated within what was once known as the Shale Creek Preserve, a wilderness area formerly owned by the Buffalo Museum of Science. A tower facility used for firefighter training is located on the premises. Although said to be one of the largest county parks in the United States, at least one larger county park is located nearby. The 2500acre Mendon Ponds Park, a county park in Monroe County, New York, is situated approximately away.
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TripAdvisor
  • It needs a double 5 in nthe ratings. The eternal flame falls is something one can not even imagine. The park is a simple straight nature on its own but the perenniel flame behind a sheet of falling wa...  more »
  • I enjoy getting some exercise by walking with friends. It can actually be pretty challenging if you take a brisk pace. Beautiful in all the seasons.  more »
  • This is a jewel in the county's park system .Visit either winter or summer for a picnic or head there for a challenging run or bike you wont be disappointed.  more »
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  • Wonderful park! Literally so much to do here. They have a giant hill for sledding or just playing on, there are a bunch of tennis courts, there is an absolutely stellar disc golf course, there are shelters to picnic at, and there is so much wooded area to hike through. Plus there is a creek on both sides of the park that you can explore. Oh and there is also gas-lit falls!
  • Awesome picnicking, frisbee golf, and just good old nature
  • Winter sledding with toboggan chutes and a warm cabin to boot. When warmer there is rolling hills with an eternal flame where gas comes from the ground in a stream that is lit.
  • Absolutely love the park and especially the disc golf course, play it all the time! Miss the second course that was there, that's why the 4 stars instead of 5
  • I love this park and I live that it allows dogs. Just keep in mind that the hike down to the flames is NOT easy!!! I heard that it was so I took my 3yo down and it was a pain in the butt.