The Purgatory Chasm Loop Trail at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton, Massachusetts is an easy-to-moderate 0.7-mile loop hike that passes through the gorge of Purgatory Chasm.
This trail cuts directly through the chasm itself and loops out at the end returning back to the parking lot along the top of the chasm. The trail is marked with blue blazes.
The trail itself is a very loose guide through the chasm. The area is heavily-trafficked so you can pick your own way through the chasm and the hike can either be easy or more difficult - depending on what your looking for. This trail only has a few flat sections in the chasm itself and most of the time you'll be moving from rock to rock slowly and scrambling from spot to spot. Be aware, there are large cracks and crevices along the trail that anyone could fall into. Many families bring their children who can navigate with ease, so despite the rock scrambles, it's a family-friendly spot.
The trail above the chasm is fairly flat as well and provides many great overlooks, but be aware, there are no fences or railings.
Not all of the points of interest are marked or well marked and can often be missed. Maps are provided at the trailhead, but signage is lacking along the trail.
Parking: Parking can be found at the coordinates provided and extra lots can be found very close by.
Fees: A daily parking fee is charged Memorial Day weekend through October 31: MA resident $5, Non-MA resident $10. Credit/debit cards only.
Pets: Dogs are allowed, if leashed and their waste must be carried out.
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