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county, southwestern Vermont, U.S., bordered by New York state to the west, Massachusetts to the south, and the Green Mountains to the east. The Taconic Mountains in the west are forested by hardwoods, hemlock, and white pine and are separated by a narrow valley from the Green Mountains in the east, which are forested by spruce, fir, and hardwoods. The county is drained by Otter Creek and Batten Kill and by the West, Deerfield, Hoosic, and Walloomsac rivers. Parklands include Emerald Lake and Woodford state parks as well as McCullough Woods and Howe Pond State Forest. Green Mountain National Forest, which includes a segment of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and several ski areas, occupies the eastern half of the county.