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“A great time in Purgatory (Chasm)”

Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Sutton
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Purgatory Chasm is a State Reservation located in Sutton, Massachusetts. About 50 miles West of Boston and 30 miles North of Providence, Rhode Island. The Chasm has hiking trails both easy and challenging, a large playing field, Park Rangers,and a Park Center. The park also has fire pits for barbecue's and a Smokey the Bear sign will tell you the condiditons for the day for a fire. There is also a large pagoda for shade where family gatherings can be held as well as birthday parties. Matthew McConaughey and Ken Wantanabe recently filmed in the Chasm for their new movie, Sea of Trees. I wonder if they went through Fat Man's Misery or Devil's Coffin? Kids love sliding down the giant flat rock that sits in the center of the park. Caution still needs to be exercised when hiking the rocky trails in the Chasm. Respect nature and human limitations and everyone will have a great time!

Thank Karen D
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Purgatory chasm is the result of a glacial event, and it looks like it. The "trail" itself leads through a few short miles of mostly HUGE (read: doghouse-sized and larger) boulders, which look like they were tossed there like blocks by some messy giant's children.

This was a busy place, lots of kids and families, dogs, etc. but please note it is NOT for wandering, poor-listening little ones, or out of shape or faint of heart folk. There are CLIFFS here. There are HOLES and CAVES in the ground. The rocks can be slippery, and accidents are very likely if you aren't paying close attention to your footing or your shoes are slippery. I would recommend a good trail shoe (low hiking or trail runner.) PLEASE DO NOT let your kids come here with open toes or tractionless shoes.

All warnings aside, this place was A BLAST! The kids (9 and 13) had a great time-they said it was more fun than the waterpark. High praise indeed!

We sat under boulders. Crawled through caves. Squeezed through "Fat man's misery", a tall boulder cleaved in two, about 28" wide at the smallest point. (To give you an idea, my male friend is 5'11 and approx. 190 lbs and could fit sideways, but his body was touching both walls.)

There were many fun nooks and crannies to explore. Go early because it was really busy by mid-day. There is a nice picnic pavilion, a play area, and a fun area exactly as it sounds called "sliding rock" (I'd recommend bringing a piece of cardboard or some such to sit on. The friction WILL eat your pants and backside!)

Parking was a $2 donation, but the rest of the area was free to explore. There was minimal graffiti and trash, which was nice to see.


1  Thank jenmagoo
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

I grew up going to this place as a kid and could not wait to take my kids there. They loved it from the start sliding down the big sliding rock in the front, hiking the chasm with family, exploring some caves and crevices. We all loved Fat Man's Misery and had a blast climbing through it. Great experience for people of all ages. Moderately difficult hiking in some spots but worth the hours or so to explore through!

Thank Ashcrafts
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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

Great place to hiking and enjoy the out doors. Trails range from easy walk in the woods to more rugged.

Thank Steven G
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

A Long hike into the woods not for the faint of heart. Up and down and then finally before you a beautiful water fall. Well worth the hike. But go early. ON the way back it was starting to get dark.

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