This is the first book to focus exclusively on Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest. This national forest, close to many metropolitan areas, offers excellent wilderness opportunities for hikers and backpackers. The many mountains, ponds, and other natural areas of the forest and nearby region are described in detail. Besides the usual trail descriptions and directions to the trailhead, the author has included many historical tidbits and reflections on personal experiences in the region. This book contains lively and accurate information on many features of the Green Mountain National Forest that have not previously appeared in other guidebooks, and also twenty-seven accurate topographical maps and many photographs. -Backpackers and hikers will discover true wilderness close at hand. -The Green Mountain National Forest is a treasure few know much about. -Lovers of lakes and ponds will find this book invaluable -This book guides one through the region's towns, including some great local eateries. -Did you know there are 4 nationally declared wilderness areas in the southern Green Mountains? -A second volume, covering the northern Green Mountain National Forest is in preparation. -The maps in this book are excellent!