Serenity Falls

            Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie County
Waterway:          Scajaquada Creek  
Directions:          Forest Lawn Cemetery is located in Buffalo near Route 5 
                            (Main St.) and Route 198.Use the main gate entrance off 
                            Main St., near the corner of Delavan Avenue.
Best Viewing Locations: From creekside
Waterfall Height: A series of step cascades, the largest about 5-feet high
Best Season to Visit: Year-round
Access:               Short walk
Hiking Time:      2 minutes round trip
Length:               <0.1 mile round trip
Difficulty:           1 boot
Trail Surface:     Grass graveyard
Trail Markings: Wooden signs along road marking Section 20 & Serenity Falls
Uses:                   Hike, Snowshoe
Dogs:                  OK on leash
Admission:          Free, cemetery closes at 5 PM
Contact:              Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1411 Delaware Avenue, 
                            Buffalo, NY    14209  (716) 885-1600

Buffalo's first postmaster Judge Erastus Granger owned this land in the early 1800s. After his death, his family sold 80 acres for use as a cemetery. The first interment occurred on July 12, 1850. Forest Lawn was incorporated as the official cemetery of the city of Buffalo. Today it covers 267 acres and is home to Buffalo's only natural waterfall. Serenity Falls can be found where Scajaquada Creek crosses the Onondaga Escarpment. As waterfalls go, it's a small cascade, but perfect for serene contemplation.

Trail Directions:
• Drive into Forest Lawn Cemetery at the Main Street/Delavan Avenue entrance.
• After driving through the arch, turn left.
• Bear right at the next junction and cross the bridge over Scajaquada Creek.
• Park along the road immediately after the bridge. (This area is marked by wooden signs for "Section 20" and "Serenity Falls."
• Walk upstream along the south bank of Scajaquada Creek through the grassy graveyard.
• In a few hundred feet you'll see a dirt area on the right that leads to a cement abutment with a good view of the waterfall.

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