Yesterday I headed to the Purgatory Chasm located in Sutton Ma right off of Rt 146. If you're from the area you've probably been there a few times growing up. There are a lot of state parks in the area and the Purgatory Chasm state reservation is one of the best around. Not only are there walking paths, several trails, but also a large chasm with lots of rock formations to see and walk through.
During the summer months you'll find schools, families and tourists walking the trails. There are picnic areas there as well so you can easily spend a nice afternoon with the family.
Unfortunately for me, the last time I visited I forgot to bring a memory card for my camera, hence, no photos.
So although the temperature was hovering around 88 I decided to take a slow walk around.
From 146 it is very easy to find the Purgatory Chasm exit as there are clear signs there to follow. Also, once you take the exit, its less than a mile away. There are two main parking lot areas so you'll most often find a spot even during the summer months. This photo is taken in front of one of the parking areas looking left.
This is what you see near the entrance of the Chasm. There were a few families near the entrance so I took one of the paths that run along side and then made my way back through the Chasm. There are two trails on either side of the Chasm to explore and even larger loops as well. You can pick up maps near where I was standing for the first photo and pick which trails you want to follow.
Along the path sometimes I spotted something interesting. But, overall it was just a nice walk.
When my path ended I reached this three way area. This is where I turned to enter the Chasm.
Some of the rocks in this area were only about 5 feet high while other walls of rocks were over 80 ft high.
I enjoy all kinds of details and textures. This large rock was very interesting.
This is one of the walls I was talking about.
This is another wall further down the trail.
This is wider look of the Chasm from the center path.
As I continued to walk through the rocks I kept looking above me as there were many very interesting rock formations.
I hope this gives you a good idea of what you might see when you visit. Note that I didn't take a photo of the actual path you have to walk along. So, I added this one to give you an idea. Note that this photo is taken at around eye level. The fun part of course is finding your own path.
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