Purgatory Chasm State Reservation

Sutton, Massachusetts 01590

Purgatory Chasm State Reservation

Purgatory Chasm State Reservation Professional Review and Guide

"Riding in Purgatory Chasm will no doubt challenge your bike handling and test your ability to stop on a dime. Since you riding is primarily on hiking trails, children are often seen darting about.

These added obstacles are probably a benefit because they keep intelligent riders form bombing down trails that often end with sharp turns or monstrous rocks. At any time you are fairly close to the main road, so Purgatory makes a good next step for riders who have mastered carriage paths and paved bike trails. Terrain: Dirt doubletrack fire roads, technical singletrack with roots and large rocks, paved access roads, and a minor portion of slickrock."

Purgatory Chasm State Reservation Reviews

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I took my two young boys (5 and 8) and wife for a hike. The trail is easy to get to from the pike. There are plenty of picnic tables and nice facilities. You can enter the chasm right from the parking lot. However, I suggest you take coopers trail only 1 mile hike around the chasm. Very easy to do with children. About 1/2 way into the trail you can hear water. We went off trail about 2/10 of mile and found a nice little water fall. Than on to the chasm. It is a great place for kids to climb around on the rocks. Definitely attempt to get through - fat man's misery. I am slender and it was tight - easy for kids. Total hike only 1.5 miles - the chasm is a bit difficult for anyone not use to climbing over large rocks - you will need to pull yourself up on some of the paths. Great day.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
The reservation is open year-round.
Purgatory Chasm Visitor's Center, 508-234-3733
Local Contacts
USGS Milford and Uxbridge; Trail maps are available at the Visitor Center and beside the Pavilion at the entrance to the Chasm.
Local Maps