Purgatory Chasm Trail

Millbury, Massachusetts

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If ever a geological fault was created with kids in mind, this is it. Purgatory Chasm is a lengthy gorge some 60 feet wide with sheer walls rising 70 feet high. As you wind your way through the maze of boulders lining the chasm floor, squeezing through small caves and channels with spooky names such as “Devils Coffin” and “Devils Pulpit,” you may pause to watch a rock climber inching her way up the chasm wall. Families with small children may need a good deal of time and effort to get from one end of the gorge to the other, but you will enjoy every minute. You will no doubt meet a number of other folks following the same trail but somehow, on this adventure, it doesn’t matter. In fact, it’s fun to trade incredulous comments with other, equally awestruck people. On the return trip, you will view the gorge from perhaps a more breathtaking perspective—from above.
Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

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Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

If ever a geological fault was created with kids in mind, this is it. Purgatory Chasm is a lengthy gorge some 60 feet wide with sheer walls rising 70 feet high. As you wind your way through the maze of boulders lining the chasm floor, squeezing through small caves and channels with spooky names such as “Devils Coffin” and “Devils Pulpit,” you may pause to watch a rock climber inching her way up the chasm wall. Families with small children may need a good deal of time and effort to get from one end of the gorge to the other, but you will enjoy every minute.

You will no doubt meet a number of other folks following the same trail but somehow, on this adventure, it doesn’t matter. In fact, it’s fun to trade incredulous comments with other, equally awestruck people. On the return trip, you will view the gorge from perhaps a more breathtaking perspective—from above.

©  Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Millbury
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 140 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: May to November
Local Contacts: Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management
Local Maps: USGS Milford, Worcester South
Driving Directions: Directions to Purgatory Chasm Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/13/2007
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A short hike, but a great one for kids, very unique with lots of quality kid difficulty climbing and kid sized caves to explore. Finishes off with a decent half mile wood walk on well marked trails. Definitely deserves high marks as a place to go with the kids.



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