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USA Parks
Massachusetts
Central Region
Purgatory Chasm State Park
PURGATORY CHASM STATE PARK
PURGATORY CHASM STATE PARK
Purgatory Rd.
Sutton, Massachusetts   01590

Phone: 508-234-3733
Purgatory Chasm State Park
'Fat Mans Misery'
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Theres a big crack in the rock you can crawl through if you are slim enough and not frightened of confined areas.

Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'Purgatory Chasm State Park'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'Chasm Entrance'
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Sign Reads PURGATORY CHASM IS A BOLD AND UNIQUE LANDSCAPE. HIKERS BEWARE OF THE DANGERS OF THIS TRAIL SLIPPERY AND DECEIVING ROCKS. THE TRAIL IS ONE HALF MILE LONG AND CLIMBING IS INVOLVED HIKERS SHOULD BE PHYSICALLY FIT. HELP KEEP THE CHASM IN A NATURAL STATE. DO NOT CARRY IN FOOD OR BEVERAGE.

Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'Visitors Center'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
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Purgatory Chasm State Park
'The Chasm'
© all photos copyright Gary Jordan e-mail sm1107comcast.net

A unique natural landmark, Purgatory Chasm runs for a quarter of a mile between granite walls rising as high as 70 feet. Popular with picnickers and rock-climbers alike, the Chasm is believed to have its origin in the sudden release of dammed-up glacial meltwater near the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 14,000 years ago.

Trails lead to a wide variety of rock formations, with such romantic names as The Corn Crib, The Coffin, The Pulpit, Lovers' Leap and Fat Man's Misery.
Nearby Accommodations
Warren Conference Center Inn - Ashland, MAHotels/Motels
Located on over 100 wooded lakefront acres, overlooking Ashland State Park. Right out our front door you get to truly enjoy the great outdoors. Easy access to trails for hiking, and an area for swimming. Come and enjoy all that Ashland State Park has to offer, and stay at the Warren Center right next door.
15 miles from park*


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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 12 Bring your walking stick!
My husband and I visited this park the summer of 2009 and were very surprised when we got there, and realized the extent of climbing and descent involved amongst the rocks. There were other visitors who were hesitant to pursue the trail, but we went on very carefully mind you. This is when we decided a walking stick for balance would be helpful in traversing the terrain. All in all it was a nice hike and we will visit again, but will be more prepared next time. I will be bringing my sister to hike the chasm when she comes up from the flatlands of Florida this summer 2010.


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Directions
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation is located in the south-eastern part of central Massachusetts.

From the east & west: Take Mass Pike to Exit 10A, take Rt.146 south about 4 miles into Town of Sutton, take Purgatory Road Exit, take right at end of ramp onto Purgatory Road, park is 1,000 feet up the road.

From the north and south: Take Rt. 495 to Mass Pike, head West on Mass Pike to Exit 10A, take Rt.146 south about 4 miles into Sutton, take Purgatory Road Exit, take right at end of ramp onto Purgatory Road, park is 1,000 feet up the road.

From the north: Take Rt I90 south to Rt 290 south into Worcester. Take Exit 12 at Brosnihan Square onto Rt. 146 -Millbury Street. Head south on Rt. 146 about 6 miles into the Town of Sutton. Take Purgatory Road Exit, take right at end of ramp onto Purgatory Road, park is 1,000 feet up the road.

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Purgatory Chasm State Park
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