From Harry Potter To Leaf Peeping Mt. Greylock Has Put Berkshire County On The Map
So many people enjoy Greylock Mountain pretty much all year long. There are so many things to do from camping, hiking, the scenery, Cross-country skiing, Hiking, Hunting, Mountain biking, Snowmobiling, Educational programs, and Leaf peeping.
At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest point here in Massachusetts.
This wonderful area became Massachusetts' first wilderness state park, acquired by the Commonwealth in 1898, the state did this to help preserve its natural environment for everyone to enjoy.
Some folks don't know that Greylock is really a part of several different peaks Saddle Ball Mountain, Mount Fitch, Mount Williams, Mount Prospect, Stony Ledge, Ragged Mountain, and Mount Greylock itself.
The mountain itself has inspired many people in the arts, especially writers. During the 1800s, many writers began to visit the landmark.
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote about his 1838 visit to the mountain both in "The American Notebook" and in "Ethan Brand". In these texts, Hawthorne illuminated some of the more supernatural elements of Mt. Greylock after hiking the mountain in the dark despite rumors of an alleged witch coven. In Ethan Brand, he tells a gory story about sin.
The eerie history of the mountain even inspired us during our time with J.K. Rowling who used Mount Greylock as the setting of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry occupied the highest peak of the mountain. It was also home to many magical beasts. Mount Greylock is surrounded by mist and a thick forest.
Magical Undetection and Concealment Charms were in place to hide the wizarding community from the No-Majs. If you have not read these books your kids may be able to fill you in on how Mt. Greylock ties in a few of the storylines.
In Real life, we have the Vietnam War Memorial Tower and Bascom Lodge. Fall is on its way and that means the leaves will change also a thing we call the Greylock gridlock happens. During the peak weeks in October, so many people from here and far away come to drive on Greylock to see the gorgeous explosion of colors of the trees. The problem with his is that everyone has the same idea of going to see them so don't be surprised when you are in gridlock on Rockwell and Notch road. Sometimes there can be up to an hour wait to get moving again.