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Purgatory Chasm

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Interesting Geological Site

Amazing geological area. We walked down the trail to the ocean and viewed the chasm from above... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2018
Peoria, Illinois
Nice, fairly secluded spot on the ocean

A good-sized fracture in the shore rock near Second Beach in Middletown. Interesting view down... read more

Reviewed September 19, 2018
Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

I heard about this hike on local pages and was expecting something more. It was nice, peaceful, but not more than 1/2 hour of time spent there.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank chelli p
Reviewed September 27, 2018

Amazing geological area. We walked down the trail to the ocean and viewed the chasm from above. Will be following up for more information on the internet.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

A good-sized fracture in the shore rock near Second Beach in Middletown. Interesting view down into the chasm. Small parking lot (about enough for 8 cars), free. Worth a stop and walk around if you're in the neighborhood!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

When I was a little girl we could jump the chasm and it continues to get wider. This is a great place to discover tectonic plate activity on Aquidneck Island!

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Harle T
Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

If you’re in the area, stop by and snap a picture. It’s a tiny walk to the chasm, but there are some nice views of the ocean and clearings that are good for pictures. There’s a small parking lot that doesn’t charge to park in...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Takemetoalaska
Reviewed June 21, 2018

This view is steps away from where you park. Very pretty views of a beach and the ocean. Watch out for small kids and anyone with mobility issues. It's a little rocky and you are on a cliff.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank deniselamb
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

I found this while reading a book about weird places in New England. I live in Sutton MA and there is a purgatory chasm in this town. Weird that two places ~ 50 miles apart would have the same name.

Date of experience: June 2018
4  Thank Smitty1211
Reviewed October 3, 2017

Oh how I loved this place, you must be very careful and aware of your surroundings. As tree roots are exposed, wear sensible boots or sneakers with a a good grip the views are amazing. Unfortunately I did not have a lot of time to...More

Date of experience: September 2017
3  Thank giannak78
Reviewed September 30, 2017

i don't know if I'd go out of my way to find Purgatory Chasm. It's a small break between the rocks. It's a short walk from a very small parking lot. If your hotel is in Middletown, then I'd say take the ride down Purgatory...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank moose444
Reviewed September 25, 2017

We took our young grandchildren to Purgatory Chasm and had an excellent day. Tough hiking and dangerous for the young children, so be heedful of that. Otherwise a nice day.

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank AbrahamLincolnCPA
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Christine G
July 7, 2017|
Response from Richard H | Reviewed this property |
I really don't know where. We came from up above, but my guess would be maybe at Second Beach and then paddle you way in. It must connect to that water way. But the small portion that we saw from a walking bridge way... More