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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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  • My friends and I took our boys (3 moms, 5 boys, and 1 girl) ages 11-14. The park has a nice visitor's center with bathrooms. It has nice trails through the woods and then nice rock climbing areas. I w...  more »
  • Amazing rock structure, apparently formed from a glacier sliding over the rock ages ago. Difficult to walk on, and a little scary with young boys that like to get too close to edges, but worth the vis...  more »
  • Purgatory chasm is a nature gem. The walk to the chasm is interesting and fun. Their are also paths in the reservation to see and explore. Great place to have a picnic, to bring your children for some...  more »