Most of us stick to our comfort zones. We go to the same places and see the same sights. But we live in Western New York, and the scenery here is not just beautiful but stunning. So in no particular order, here are a few awe-inspiring and secret hikes around Western New York that we can't wait to explore further. As always BE SAFE!

  • Eternal Flame

    Okay, we know that you know this one and you may have even been there, but really take a moment to recognize how cool this trail and natural wonder is. Tucked away inside a waterfall is the Eternal Flame, caused by a natural gas leak.

    The Eternal Flame is located within Chestnut Ridge County Park, which has beautiful trails on its own.

  • Akron Falls County Park

    44 Parkview Drive, Akron
  • Royalton Ravine County Park

    Gasport Road, Gasport

    No we are not obsessed with waterfalls, but yes this one also has a waterfall. The Gasport trail is moderate difficult. There is a suspension bridge, which might be fun for the kids. There are also some ruins of an old homestead, a nice meadow for games or a picnic. This is a family friendly, easy hike. So bring the kids.

    The main path takes you through the woods and you can hear the sound of the water as you walk, and the suspension bridge is one of the longest suspension wood bridges in WNY. It’s  great find.

  • Lockport Nature Trail

    This is a beautiful, fairly ‘open’ forest. The trails are well marked, and (again) their is a creek, which leads to a small waterfall. This is a very peaceful trail. Check it out during the fall when you want a relaxing walk. This is truly a treasure for locals. Check it out!

  • Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

    93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga

    The trails at this nature preserve are well-maintained and give visitors the chance to check out some well-preserved wildlife while walking around a pond. The biggest American beech tree in New York is located within the preserve plus there are family fun activities and entertainment at the education center and play area.