Walk at Purgatory Park

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.

An adventurous playground, equipped with a play structure, swings and a merry-go-round, is now located near the visitor center.

Please be aware chasm rocks and slopes are slippery and deceiving. Wear rubber soled shoes or hiking boots.  Please stay away from the edges of the chasm.  It is not recommended to hike the chasm after or during inclement weather due to extremely slippery rocks.

Pugatory Chasm link: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-central/purgatory-chasm-state-reservation.html

Also..there are printable maps on the site..I will try and bring some with me to the meet-up.

Directions from East/West/Boston/Southeast:

Take MASS PIKE (Rte. I-90) to exit #10A in Millbury, rte 146 South. 
Take Rte 146 South to exit # 6 in Sutton, Purgatory Rd. 
Take a right onto Purgatory Rd. 
Reservation entrance & visitor center is 1,000 feet on your right. 

Directions from Northeast/Worchester:

Take Rte 495 to Rte 290 West towards Worcester. 
Take exit #12 and follow Rte 146S to Exit #6 in Sutton. 
Take a right onto Purgatory Rd., following signs. 
Reservation entrance & visitor center is 1,000 feet on your right.

Address:

198 Purgatory Rd. 
Sutton MA 01590 
[masked] 



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  • Kathie

    I'm not able to post the group picture, Jodi could you give me your email address and I'll send it to you. Maybe then you can post it?

    October 28, 2013

    • Jodi G.

      Sent it to you..sorry just got this

      November 7, 2013

  • TPM02026

    Excellent

    October 28, 2013

  • Robert

    Great group of people to be rock scrambling with.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Kathie

    Fun time!

    October 27, 2013

  • sarah

    Where should we meet exactly?

    October 27, 2013

  • Amanda

    Something came up at home and I won't be able to go today.

    October 27, 2013

  • Kathie

    it appears that I am too late to RSVP but I will be joining you.

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Lisa, I'm Chris and would like to carpool if possible. Please call me at 617 [masked] to arrange the deets. Thanks.

    October 26, 2013

    • Lisa F.

      Hi Chris--it turns out I'm not going :( sorry.

      October 26, 2013

  • Ellen

    If I'm not there by 2:15, means I got tied up at work! I never know how my day going to go, and have to drive through patriots traffic to get there!

    October 26, 2013

  • harold z.

    I just copied the directions. I guess it takes about an hour to drive there from Burlington. I should be there on time, viz, that is at Purgatory Park (I need to have some sins purged).

    October 26, 2013

  • Lisa F.

    If anyone want to carpool from Belmont, Watertown, Cambridge let me know.

    October 24, 2013

  • harold z.

    I would like to go, so I hope I can get there by 2:00.

    October 24, 2013

  • Tammy Donaghey, In Vogue S.

    I'm under the weather, but I'm hopeful I will feel better tomorrow. If so I will be there.

    October 20, 2013

  • Tammy Donaghey, In Vogue S.

    I'm under the weather, but I'm hopeful I will feel better tomorrow. If so I will be there.

    October 19, 2013

  • Tammy Donaghey, In Vogue S.

    I'm under the weather, but I'm hopeful I will feel better tomorrow. If so I will be there.

    October 19, 2013

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