STAMFORD, Vt. -- Berkshire House has released a new edition of "Hikes and Walks in the Berkshire Hills" and author Lauren Stevens, a longtime Williamstown resident now residing in Stamford, is happy that the book has entered some significant new territory in the local forests.
The book's first edition was published in 1990 and has become the standard guide in the area, thanks to Stevens' familiarity with the trails he writes about, as well as their histories, and his attention to the details of what is to be discovered. Though Stevens' experience goes far beyond the walks he covered in the book, he demanded of himself a certain level of intimacy before they were included -- he didn't want the book to get too show-offy or esoteric.
"I had to make sure that I absolutely knew these trails, these are not casual acquaintances, these are good friends," said Stevens. "So it's not just one I walked off and found this neat old logging road somewhere and probably could never find it again, I'm not going to include that in the book."