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Charley's Loop Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sutton, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 180 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble
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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.

The reservation is located off of Rte 146 in south central Massachusetts.

Purgatory Chasm State Reservation 198 Purgatory Rd. Sutton MA 01590 508 234-3733

The reservation is located off of Rte 146 in south central Massachusetts. From the East/West/Boston/Southeast: Take MASS PIKE (Rte. I-90) to exit #10A in Millbury, rte 146 South. Take Rte 146 South to exit # 6 in Sutton, Purgatory Rd. Take a right onto Purgatory Rd. Reservation entrance & visitor center is mile on your right. From Northeast/Worcester: Take Rte 495 to Rte 290 West towards Worcester. Take exit #12 and follow Rte 146S to Exit #6 in Sutton. Take a right onto Purgatory Rd., following signs. Reservation entrance & visitor center is mile on your right. From Northwest: Take Rte 2 East to exit #33 in Leominster, rte 190 south. Take Rte 190S to end, onto Rte 290 West in Worcester. Follow Rte 290 West to exit #12, Rte 146 south. Follow Rte 146S to Exit #6 in Sutton, Purgatory Rd. Take a right onto Purgatory Rd., following signs. Reservation entrance & visitor center is mile on your right.

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Nicholas Payiatis
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Fun bouldering! Also my skin stayed super hydrated even on this cooler weather because I just started using Bryant's moisturizer from skisalve.com!

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M Fleur
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Rebecca Silva
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Benjamin Hallas
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Should have with what blazes go to what trail on the sign at the beginning. Very nice trails and had an awesome time.

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Xiaoxi Liu
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Excellent trail for kids.

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Nora Hamel
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Peter Hamel
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Lilian Dolbier
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Joel Walsh
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Shirt but fun, especially the last bit. Recommended to combine with Little Purgatory.

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sarah wozniak
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Rob Diaz
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Great trails with clear markings and signs. Moderate trail has good rocks to climb. Very fun

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Gus Reid
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Fine. Busy because of the location.

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Crystal Staley
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Srinivas Gondi
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Beth Harpin
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Devon Cooper
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Sean P
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Chasm was really cool. Some Scrambling required. trail was ok.

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Sean Marien
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Fun yet short scramble. Kids had a good time making their way down the chasm.

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Maria Thompson
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Amanda Brown
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This was fantastic!!! will definately be back in the fall..lots of masks!!! great geological area!!!!!

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Fran Norris
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Such an incredibly beautiful place. End of August and a perfect 75 degree sunny day so there where lots of people. The chasm is incredible and the trail well marked.

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David M
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Our favorite place to visit at least a couple times a year. Used to live close by and would go often. Even though we are an hour a way we still make a point to visit.

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Time Bandit
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This trail was interesting I guess but got crowded pretty quickly even though we started at 8 am.

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Liz D.
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Fun trail with an offshoot to visit the Chasm. It wasn't very crowded once we were on the trail but there weren't many people with masks.

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Britt Smith
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