How can a simple cave under an overhang in a massive cliff be a castle? If the hermit who lives there calls it that. In a nutshell, that is the story of Erving Castle, the home from 1867-1899 of one John Smith, a native of Scotland who by an interesting path found himself here. Today, the site is a fascinating, if strenuous, destination on the slope of Hermit’s Mountain in Erving State Forest. From a sign on Mountain Rd., follow the white-blazed Metacomet-Monadnock Trail for 1.6 miles to a blue-blazed spur trail that descends a steep grade to the cave site and its remnant stonework and gardens, and then reconnects with the M&M.Directions:
From Orange center, go west on Main St. (Rte 2A) 3.3 mi. Take left on Rte 2, go 2.1 mi. Turn right on Mountain Rd., and go 1.5 miles to parking on left.