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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  • 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.
  • I love purgatory chasm! Climbing around on all of the large boulders and rocks is really fun and not as monotonous as a traditional hike. The parking is easy and it’s great to come here for an hour or two and explore all the nooks and crannies.
  • Love hiking this diverse little hidden gem! Parking,clean bathrooms,rangers on duty. Easy & tougher terrain so all can enjoy!
  • This place is great for a day or fun. If you enjoy the outdoors ull enjoy this. There's trails and then the actual rocks. Small children can come but not for the nervous parent. Gets scary when one step could be very bad. Do enjoy!
  • I've been coming here since I was a child. I think I have discovered every cave in the place. Great place for kids and family.

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