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Purgatory Chasm

Purgatory Rd, Whitinsville, Massachusetts 01588 USA

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“A unique natural landmark”

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. Trails lead to a wide variety of rock formations, with such romantic names as The Corn Crib, The Coffin, The Pulpit, Lovers' Leap and Fat Man's Misery. An adventurous playground, equipped with a play structure, swings and a merry-go-round, is now located near the visitor center. Please be aware chasm rocks and slopes are slippery and deceiving. Wear rubber soled shoes or hiking boots.  Please stay away from the edges of the chasm.  It is not recommended to hike the chasm after or during inclement weather due to extremely slippery rocks. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at all times.

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Reviewed by
jamesthomas3

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October 04, 2021
Rated 5.0

Went there today and my 15 year old loved it. Very pretty and a very challenging climb. There are lots of crevices and cracks of lots of different routes you could take.

Unfortunately, you have to pay $20 to park.

There are also no trash cans there (on purpose).

A very impressive and fun sight. Have good shoes and be careful!

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merimadden15

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November 07, 2020

This place has some beautiful forests and the picnic benches scattered around were perfect for a picnic!

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JaneMarieSmith

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April 25, 2016
Rated 4.0

Great place for hiking, picnics and awesome playground too. Kept the kids entertained the entire day. Only setback is the number of people in the chasm at a time. It gets a little nerve wracking when you have 3 kids under 6 and what feels like crowds of hikers.

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MerrywetherRose

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July 20, 2015
Rated 5.0

I have been climbing here since I was a kid. It is still my favorite!

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Purgatory Chasm

Purgatory Rd
Whitinsville, Massachusetts
01588 USA

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