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Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Sutton

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4.7/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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 all loved this place. Our kids are 5 and 8 and enjoyed it as well. Great time with the family! Highly recommend and pretty easy hike for children. 
  • we went over labor day weekend so it was quite crowded. paid $6 for parking. there are different trails to explore: variety of rocks, hills, and tree filled paths. make sure to check out the chasm and...  read more »
  • Free and fun! There is a playground for the kids, lots of places to sit and have a picnic lunch or grills you can cook on, (charcoal) and of course the chasms to explore! 
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