Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Sutton

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Purgatory Chasm State Reservation is a state-owned geologic preserve and public recreation area located off Route 146 in the town of Sutton, Massachusetts. The state park is notable for its.25mi, 70ft chasm of granite bedrock with abrupt precipices and boulder caves where ice lingers into the early summer. It is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.HistoryVarious 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.Activities and amenitiesThe park is open year round, although the chasm is closed to hikers and climbers during the winter months because of ice hazards. There are 2mi of hiking trails around the chasm; rock climbing is allowed by permit. The reservation also includes picnic areas, a visitors center, and playground.In popular cultureA book of poems by Susan Edmonds Richmond titled Purgatory Chasm, a song by Holly Hanson of Neptune's Car titled "Lover's Leap," and Purgatory Chasm, a novel by Steve Ulfelder, were inspired by hikes in the chasm.
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  • Many different activities for all levels. Hiking trails outside the chasm or walk through the chasm. Lots of nooks & crannies to find as you walk through the chasm. At the end, continue walking into t...  more »
  • My family and I went to Purgatory Chasm and had a great time. The rocks were beautiful and it was an unforgettable experience.  more »
  • This small park has lots to do. The trails and rock formations are interesting, fun and a bit challenging. The secret to to take your time. Picnic areas are very nice. A nice playground is provided.  more »
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  • Go. This place is really beautiful for hiking and running. There are a decent number of trails, most of which are pretty easy routes. The gulf is neat. It keeps snow a lot longer than the rest of the area because of all the hidden crevices.
  • I've been going here since I was a kid. The hike through the chasm is fun. Canme challenging depending on age and physical ability. Little ones will need guidance. Not a place to be during bad weather. There are some nice picnic areas and a great playground
  • This place has something for everyone, as long as you are an outdoorsy type of person. There are good sized trails, both easy and moderate. If you or your kids like climbing on, over, and under rocks, they will LOVE this place. We've been here many times over the years and still find it fun. A word of warning though: the rocks/cliffs can be very high and sometimes slippery (especially when wet or covered in leaves). Wear good sneakers/boots with good grip and watch your step. There are no safety nets or railings, and plenty of spots to fall from, so be very careful! Finally, if you are afraid of heights, and your kid is not, you are in for a bad time.
  • One of our favorite hiking places in the area. The chasm itself can get a little crowded in the summer but there are plenty of other relatively short trails around. Our 5 year old loves the rocks and there is a great playground with a nice picnic area. Note: we were there weekend of Jan 20 and the chasm was super icy...beware.
  • Good place for cookouts or picnics and climbing, However it's changed throughout the years. It used to be free to park but now you have to pay for each car, the restrooms have short hours and their plastic toilets are totally disgusting. I'm 64 and been going here all my years, I don't like the way you have to pay, when it used to be free all these years.
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