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Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Sutton

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Purgatory Chasm State Reservation is a Massachusetts state park located off Route 146 on Purgatory Road in the town of Sutton. The park, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, is notable for its.25mi, 70ft chasm of granite bedrock featuring abrupt precipices and boulder caves in which ice lingers into the early summer.HistorySeveral theories have been proposed to account for the chasm's creation. According to one, the chasm was created when glacial meltwater from a burst ice dam ripped out blocks of bedrock at the end of the last Ice Age (14,000 years ago). Purgatory Chasm was declared a state park in 1919.RecreationThe reservation is open to picnicking and hiking; rock climbing is allowed by special permit only. There are 2mi of hiking trails around the chasm. Although the park is open year round, the chasm itself is closed to hikers and climbers during the winter months because of ice hazards.The reservation includes picnic areas with grills, a visitors center, and playground.In artA book of poems by Susan Edmonds Richmond titled Purgatory Chasm, a song by Holly Hanson of Neptune's Car titled "Lover's Leap," and the Steve Ulfelder novel Purgatory Chasm were inspired by hikes in the chasm.
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  • We hike here a few times a year. Great views, some challenging climbs. Easy parking. When we went in September it was warm but not too hot and not too busy the day we went. There is a great place for ...  more »
  • My step daughter (10 years old) lives just a few miles from this park so I have been there in every season. The park gets very busy on warm days and parking can be an issue. The playground has swings,...  more »
  • Beautiful year round nature trails for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. Squeeze through small caves & climb over ancient boulders  more »