You know how there are local places that you hear about over and over, but never seem to get to? For me, Purgatory Chasm was one of those places. I knew a ton of people that had gone, but I wasn’t entirely sure exactly what it was. So I did what anyone would do and Googled it.
This is what the mass.gov site had to say:
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.
That sounds cool, right?
So, over Memorial Day weekend, we took a drive up there. It was about an hour from my house, but as soon as I saw the place – it was totally worth it!
We spent about an an hour tackling the rocks along the quarter mile chasm. The rocks were slippery not to mention rather steep in spots, so this probably isn’t appropriate for real little ones – although I did see people there with toddlers. I was nervous about my six year old thinking he might be too young to traverse the rock formations, but he actually did better than I did.
It was a last minute decision to go there and I didn’t really realize what I was getting myself into. I was not prepared for the amount of rock climbing we were going to be doing that day and was not wearing the appropriate footwear for the challenge.
But at least I can say that I conquered the chasm in flip flops.
Purgatory Chasm is located in Sutton, MA. It’s on Purgatory Rd off of Rte 146. Purgatory Chasm is totally free, the parking is free, there is a playground on site and there are clean-ish bathrooms there, too.
It’s one of those things that I am kicking myself for not checking out sooner. If you’re local and looking for a fun adventure this summer – check out Purgatory Chasm….but be sure to wear sneakers when you go.