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

Have done this multiple times with my kids (ages 5 - 8). Enjoyed the different trails each time. It's a great place for family hikes or casual day hikes.

Good for a quick walk with interesting things to look at. you have to go through fat man's misery.

I had hike thru here many times. you can just do trails or go thru the chasm

I love this place! I wish I lived closer! I have only been 3 times.
Once in college with some friends (1996). We had fun going through the chasm and just walking through the woods.
My second time was on a date (Spring 2015). We walked, talked and afterward went to an early dinner. We wore flip flops, (not a first date!) so we didn't do the chasm. But the trails were great!
My most recent was Fall 2015 with my daughter and our dog. We walked several trails. We didn't do the chasm because we had Iggy; but we did several trails. We had a great time! There are several trails that go up so you can see into the chasm. The map marks the difficulty well and you can chose your own difficulty. :)
We enjoyed a variety of easy to intermediate trails.
There are always people on these trails and it is always a great time.

2 months ago

Great park and very kid friendly. Lots of rocks for kids to climb on, but also easy flatter paths to take as well. Lots of picnic tables spread over the area so definitely pack a lunch. Nice play ground for the kids as well.

2 months ago

could be longer but very nice views, all trails and easiest way through the chasm are clearly marked very clean place with restrooms and plenty of picnic tables not a bad place at all.

2 months ago

challenging rocks

We did not do the chasm trail because we had a one year old in a backpack. But the trails (Charlie's Loop to Forest Road Trail to Old Purgatory Trail to the road back) are as good as it gets. I found them challenging enough for our young girls (4, 6, 7), but not so hard that they couldn't do it. Also, the kids loved it!!!

This is a very nice family hike. There is some climbing over rocks so it could be tough for very young children. There are several parking areas on Purgatory Road. (See Downloaded Map) for which a small fee is charged. Maps are readily available there or you can go to http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/purgatory.pdf and download your own map. I recommend getting there early as it is a very busy park. Purgatory Chasm is the highlight of the several trails available. I would rate it is barely moderate with the rest of the trails falling into the easy category. My grandson and I like to stretch our hikes into 5-10 milers but this one just barely made 5. That was only because we took an unmarked loop trail further up Purgatory Road. See my recording. This added another 1.7 miles to our hike giving us the desired 5 miles. We found this unmarked trail through the AllTrails map we downloaded. These trails are all pet friendly. As a treat at the end of the hike, we enjoyed a cone of ice cream and a round of Mini Golf about a mile down the road at West End Creamery and Family Farm. Very enjoyable day.

Great for family with kids. Very clean picnic and playground area. Indoor bathrooms. Charlie's loop I to the chasm is our families favorite way to hike it.