A unique natural landmark, Purgatory Chasm runs for a quarter of a mile between granite walls rising as high as 70 feet. Popular with picnickers and rock-climbers alike, the Chasm is believed to have its origin in the sudden release of dammed-up glacial meltwater near the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 14,000 years ago.
Trails lead to a wide variety of rock formations, with such romantic names as The Corn Crib, The Coffin, The Pulpit, Lovers' Leap and Fat Man's Misery.
It was a bit of a drive. My son loved the playground. The hiking paths are tough; he loves rocks. The paths are full of rocks, deep ravines, and better suited for experienced hikers. The hiking paths are not age appropriate for children under 10.
The deep chasm is a dramatic sight and a nice spot to hike any time of year, but in the summer the cool, damp air is especially pleasant. A marked path leads down the series of ravines that form the chasm.
NOTE: This path is steep in spots and isn’t appropriate for children under 10 unless they are experienced hikers. There are numerous picnic spots in the reservation, as well as a good playground area and a short marked path through the woods that’s more appropriate for younger kids.