One of our favorite places to hike is Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, Massachusetts. There is parking right next to the ranger’s station, where there are also bathrooms and picnic tables. In the station, there is an educational exhibit where there are free seminars on the weekend and in the summer. The ranger does guided tours of the chasm on those days. The main chasm is about a half mile long, but there are many other trails beyond it.
That being said, my boys love bouldering, so we stick to the chasm mainly. We began coming here when my youngest was five. He needed help as there are very steep parts. Now that he’s seven, he’s all set. My boys are even climbing through Fat Man’s Misery and up cliffs. With permits, people rock climb up Lover’s Leap. This would not be a good place to hike if its raining at all and it is closed in the winter due to ice. It is especially beautiful in fall and spring. It is not safe for really small kids and required hiking shoes.
There have been songs and poems written about this geological wonder and legends trying to convert Native Americans to Christianity. The tale was told that a Native American woman murdered a white settler and the devil was so mad that he threw a little devil fit, producing all the breaks in the rocks and the canyon. If you would like to read these legends yourself in more detail, check out this article. There are also many legends about Lover’s Leap, that have disseminated to similar rock formations across the US. The gist of these two people fall in love much to the opposition of their society, and plunge themselves over the edge of the cliff so they can be together in the after life. Traveling on road trips through the western United States though my childhood, my father made up a epic story to explain the Falling Rock signs, which were a great part of our family trips. If you run into the ranger he tell you the Lover’s Leap story.