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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 180 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

As of April 15, 2019, the Chasm Trail is closed due to slippery snow and ice conditions until further notice. Please refer to the park page for updates. 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.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail is nice and mostly clean but it is kind of plain. It has a cemetery which was cool at first, but then I started getting wicked bad vibes. I was also followed by a bird the whole time which was low key weird.

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muddy
rocky
7 days ago

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rocky
8 days ago

Nice and always crowded.

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bugs
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Nice hike but a little too popular. Many people with children and pets.

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail!

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Went today (4/23). Due to COVID, parking is free, but restrooms/pavilions are closed. There were lots of folks out and about (maybe saw 3 people in masks), so be prepared for lack of social distancing especially in the Chasm part, as there are only a few places to squeeze through. People were needlessly milling around there, standing and just looking, as they seemingly didn’t either know how to navigate the rocks, were not in great physical shape so couldn’t actually keep moving along, or had multiple kids in tow, so it took a while to get past. The rest of the loops in the park were in pretty good shape with just a few muddy parts to navigate, but there were obvious ways around them so you stayed dry. I hiked pretty much every trail in the park, including the loops and the out and backs, and 3 hours later had covered almost 9miles. Great workout. Having a hiking pole saved my knees and helped with some tricky spots here and there. Would definitely recommend. If it’s gonna be this crowded on a weekday when I assumed kids would be doing home-school, I imagine the weekends are even more packed. Be advised. Luckily the crowds disappeared the further back/away from the actual chasm you could travel.

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muddy
1 month ago

walking
muddy
1 month ago

Fine loop with ok views down into the chasm. On a weekend, busy around the trailhead - but clears out a bit farther in. Nothing special, but a fine walk.

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muddy
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

The chasm trail is closed . But no one is paying heed and still going all over it The other two trails are open and beautiful - not too crowded

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
4 months ago

Such a great trail !

backpacking
icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

Great trail!!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail, Charley's Loop is very clearly marked with yellow paint on rocks and trees, balance of ups, downs, and flat spots, pretty busy. There were places you could scramble, but there were more stair-step-y paths around it if you didn't want to do that. Last thing to note is that there's no peak and no view, just lots and lots of trees.

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rocky
scramble
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

First things first. Parking will cost you $5 in state plates and $10 for out of state plates. Very overpriced for a quick hike and not big enough to last a day. Now, it is a really nice and well maintained trail. However, I would not call it moderate by any average hikers standards. This is a good solid family hike with some hilly spots but no scrambling. The back half is rather flat and easy. For trail runners you could probably job up, run the back half, and jog back out. It’s if nothing a nice warmup before scramblin’ around in the cavern a bit.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Great trail. Very easy. Very busy.

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