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Posted by Chris Murphy  November 8, 2007 05:14 PM

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Looking to kill a sunny weekend afternoon while feeling vaguely outdoorsy? Head to Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton. That’s what I did with the kids on a recent Saturday afternoon, mainly to test out my new GPS. And yes, it took us directly to Purgatory Road in Sutton, no questions asked.

There’s a wow factor when you first enter the chasm -- an enormous jumble of boulders, caves, and rock formations with great names: Look for Lover’s Leap, the Devil’s Coffin, and Fat Man’s Misery. The clearly marked Chasm Loop Trail will lead you through the chasm and then upward, where you can gaze down at the massive rocks. It can get somewhat crowded and the rocks can be slippery so take your time. But it’s an easy hike, the kids will love exploring the caves, and best of all, it’s free.

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