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Purgatory Chasm State Reservation is a geological formation located just outside of Sutton, MA, and 20 minutes away from Worcester. The very name of this place suggests something mysterious. There are many fascinating legends about this area and its creation. Some of the legends include Native American folklore and Christianity. However, geologists have a possible theory, and it includes a surge of glacial meltwater that ripped the bedrock 14,000 years ago.

Whichever version you believe, Purgatory Chasm State Reservation is an absolute must-see when planning a motorhome camping trip to Massachusetts. Visitors come to the reservation to hike around the chasm and see His Majesty’s Cave, Lovers Leap, as well as other landmarks. Are you interested in exploring this place and seeing all the marvelous rock formations within the chasm? Search for an RV in Worcester County and head down Route 146 to Purgatory Chasm State Reservation and embark on a great outdoor adventure.

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Getting Outdoors

Visitors and campers come to hike at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation. The chasm is 0.25 miles long and 70 feet deep, so hiking here is not an easy task. Steep terrain and large rocks could be a challenge for novice hikers. Walkthrough the woods around the bedrock formation and get to know the wildlife of the area. If you are well prepared and wearing proper footwear, descending into the chasm shouldn’t be an issue. It is worth mentioning that the chasm is closed to hikers during winter because of ice and slippery terrain. On the other hand, the state reservation is open all year round.

Purgatory Chasm State Reservation has several large picnic areas that are great for family outings. Most of these are equipped with water, stone ovens, and grills. Younger campers could spend an afternoon playing at a large playground. The playground features a large climbing structure with many slides and bridges, as well as a merry-go-round. Outdoor enthusiasts could use the wide grassy fields for sports or other activities.

Camping at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation

Unfortunately, Purgatory Chasm State Reservation doesn’t have a campground that can accommodate tents or long vehicles. However, campers who are interested in camping with an RV could stay at Sutton Falls Camping Area just a couple of minutes away. The campground is well-equipped with facilities such as restrooms, showers, and a picnic area, and WiFi is available.

Sutton Falls Camping Area offers 95 sites for RVs, and each site has an electric hookup with 15, 20, 30, and 50 amp power. The campground sites also have a grassy and gravel surface. The campground is pet-friendly, but owners need to keep their pets on a leash when outside. Campers come here all year round and could get crowded during summer. It is recommended that you reserve your spot in advance by contacting Sutton Falls Camping Area’s office.

Exploring the Area

Worcester is a gorgeous place just a short drive away from Purgatory Chasm State Reservation. Massachusetts' second-largest city is named after a town in England, Worcester is sometimes called the Heart of the Commonwealth. The city is also a university town, with thousands of students arriving here every fall. Therefore, Worcester has a youthful vibe, and Purgatory Chasm State Reservation campers are able to feel it on every street corner.

If you are an art aficionado, make sure you see the Art Museum. This museum has a large collection of art from all around the globe, starting with ancient times. Visitors could enjoy more than 35,000 art pieces in this enormous museum. The permanent exhibits include Paul Revere’s silver collection that is very popular among the visitors. Go on a guided tour or choose to roam around the museum and discover breathtaking art pieces on your own.

History buffs will enjoy the American Antiquarian Society that houses over three million of printed materials, including books, newspapers, periodicals, and graphics. Some pieces were printed before 1820, making them incredibly valuable to historians. The artifact that gets the most attention is the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed on the American soil. Digital collections, as well as scans, are available to all visitors of the American Antiquarian Society.

Those of you who want to grab a bite to eat while in Worcester, head downtown. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, offering both international and local cuisine.

Massachusetts is an extraordinary place. When you wish to see more of the natural wonders New England has to offer after hanging out at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, head east on I-95 to Boston and enjoy the city.

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