Purgatory Chasm State Reservation


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Purgatory Chasm State Reservation


Location:In the southeastern part of central Massachusetts, off Route 146 to Sutton.
Facilities:Visitor center, picnic area, restrooms (é), trails, scenic viewing area.
Activities:Hiking, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, hunting (with restrictions), interpretive programs.
Special Features:Chasm is a unique natural landmark that runs for a quarter-mile between granite walls that rise to 70 feet. Trails lead to a wide variety of rock formations.
Address:Purgatory Rd
Sutton, MA 01590

Phone:508-234-3733
Web: www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/purg.htm
Size: 2,660 acres.

See other parks in Massachusetts.
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SUTTON -- Tuesday afternoon was a day when people stopped by Purgatory Chasm State Reservation to walk in the woods and use the swings.
Christopher Hookie, Central Valley district manager for Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, said the national park's presence would help promote the several state parks in the area, including Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, Douglas State Forest and Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton.
Stegemoen, supervisor at Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, said during the season, he expects as many as 10,000 weekly visitors to the park and Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton.
A meeting last September between Sutton police and state police resulted in mutual agreement that Sutton police have jurisdiction on Route 146 and Purgatory Chasm State Reservation.
SUTTON- A 13-year-old Ludlow boy was injured yesterday when he fell about 15 feet in the Lover's Leap section of Purgatory Chasm State Reservation.
Beau Talbot, who works at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton, which is managed by DCR, said it has become very dry in the past week.
SUTTON - State officials said they are re-evaluating safety signs at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation following the death of a 39-year-old Uxbridge man who fell from one of the highest points in the park Wednesday.
The Grafton toddler, riding high on the shoulders of a family friend while visiting Purgatory Chasm State Reservation with her mom, Rebecca Murphy, earlier this week, will not remember a time when rivers spontaneously caught fire, when the Blackstone River ran in a rainbow of colors from dyes released by the mills on its banks, and when gas was leaded.
The search continued yesterday, with state Environmental Police on all-terrain vehicles searching the miles of woods and trails between Carpenter Reservoir and Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, a few miles away in Sutton.
Parent, visitor service supervisor at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton has also noticed.
SUTTON - State police said they helped rescue a Rhode Island woman and her four grandchildren lost for more than an hour in the forest of Purgatory Chasm State Reservation yesterday afternoon.
SUTTON - The Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, 198 Purgatory Road, offers numerous opportunities to explore this unique geological gem.