Purgatory Chasm State Reservation

Purgatory Rd., Sutton, Massachusetts 01590 | (508) 234-3733
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2 Reviews
Type: Sports
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free
Hours of operation: Dawn to Dusk

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.

2 Reviews for Purgatory Chasm State Reservation

August 03 2012
0 families found this helpful
"Fun day out with family "

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.

December 23 2010
1 family found this helpful
"Fun with the Family"

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.


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