Orleans County is one of the four northernmost counties in Vermont . It has the largest area of the three counties comprising the Northeast Kingdom and lies between the eastern and western ranges of the Green Mountains .
The highest point in the county is Jay Peak and the lowest is the surface of Lake Memphremagog
The county is mainly drained by four river systems: the Barton , the Black , the Clyde and the Missisquoi River and contains more ponds than any other county in the state. It also contains three state forests: Hazen's Notch, Jay, and Willoughby
Many of the county's retail shops are concentrated both in downtown Newport and along the Newport-Derby Road (( U.S. Route 5 and Vermont Route 105 ), one of the two state-maintained roads connecting Newport city to Interstate 91. The villages of Barton and Orleans also have a smaller concentration of stores. The county is tied for first place in Vermont with the highest percentage of second home ownership
Orleans County includes the communities of: Albany, Barton, Beebe Plain, Brownington, Charleston, Coventry, Craftsbury, Derby, Derby Center, Glover, Greensboro, Holland, Irasburg, Jay, Lowell, Morgan, Newport, Troy, Westfield, and Westmore.