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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  • October 3, 2017
    Never thought I'd love Purgatory but this place is wonderful! Surrounded by woods, trails, and beauty the chasm is a wonder to walk through. One can see the split and see what it probably used to look...  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    What a great place for a quick hike that is both fun and gives lots of options you can make this as easy or as difficult as you want. A pleasant stroll down the middle of the chasm or an adventure ove...  more »
  • September 9, 2017
    Went there with a group of 10 half of us were children they absolutely loved the rock climb and walk in the Woods. Parking is 5.00 dollars for MA residents and it's a great family activity for any fal...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Fun hike. My 14 year old loved clambering up the sides of the chasm. Hike was challenging for us old folks but not too bad. Great views.
  • May 31, 2017
    Good place for family hiking. Different experience levels. Sliding rock is a real fun for kids... Just be prepared that clothing ( pants ) is going to have extra hols...
  • May 22, 2017
    This is an amazing place to visit, for all ages. It is a fine place to stop and appreciate the wonders of nature. There are easier paths and harder paths, so use judgement when visiting with small children or those with physical restrictions.
  • April 26, 2017
    Great place for a family day or small event. Trails for all experience levels. My niece and I went with three children 4,5, & 8 and had a wonderful time. Plenty of places to sit and cook on grills. Bring charcoal and lunch.
  • June 7, 2017
    One of the great local hiking spots in the area. Trails range from easy to moderate. Usually not too crowded.

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