Every year on Mother’s Day my family goes for a hike at one of our AHmazing state parks called Purgatory Chasm. We’ve done a lot of hikes around New England, but Purgatory Chasm is definitley our favorite! Made up of towering granite walls that run for approximately a quarter of a mile, makes it is the perfect place to spend some quality time with the family!
The thing about Purgatory Chasm is that it’s more than just a hike – it involves a lot of rock climbing. There are trails around the chasm itself, but it’s way more fun to make your way right through the chasm.
With walls reaching nearly 70 feet in some spots and a big collection of boulders at the bottom, there is no way to get through it without a some rock climbing – so make sure you wear the right shoes. The first time we went I wore flip flops because I had no idea what to expect and it was not easy!
Some locals believe that Purgatory Chasm was created approximately 14,000 years ago from glacial melt-water that rushed through the area during the last ice age. I have no idea if that’s true or not, but Purgatory Chasm is one of our favorite places to hike.
Some of the granite rock formations have funny names such as Fat Man’s Misery, Corn Crib, Lover’s Leap and the Devil’s Coffin. They are marked, so if you go you can’t miss them. Christian and I always take a picture under the Lover’s Leap sign.
Purgatory Chasm is located in Sutton, MA on Purgatory Rd off of Rte 146. Parking is charged from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but it’s worth it if you ask me. I have been to a lot of state parks here in Massachusetts, but this is by far my favorite.
Purgatory Chasm is a very unique hiking spot around here and I am looking forward to carrying on our tradition of a Mother’s Day hike there for many more years to come.