Don’t lose your way. Use our maps!
August 5, 2016 | Permalink
J.R.R. Tolkien famously wrote that, “Not all who wander are lost.” Unfortunately, not all who wander know where they’re going either. Some of them are legitimately lost!
To help you find and stay on the trails, we have compiled a list of all the maps we have available to the public. These maps are organized by park and neatly packaged on a new page called, “Park Trail Maps”. You can find a link to this new page at the bottom of each individual park’s page and on the “Hiking” section of our site.
Here are the types of maps we offer:
Interactive digital park finder map
This is the basic map we offer for every park. It is interactive and gives details like address, phone number, etc. It is great if you want to see where a certain park is in the state or if you want to look at the trails or park boundaries.
Geo-referenced PDF maps
Did you know that certain types of PDF maps can show your exact position on a trail? These are called geo-referenced PDFs, and we are in the process of making them for our parks. When you open the map using an app on your smart phone, a dot/reference point displays on the device's screen at your exact location. These maps use your GPS, not your cell signal, so they work even when you do not have service. As you move along the trail, the dot will move with you. The map will guide your way for as long as your device's battery works. These PDFs are available to purchase for $0.99 each.
Printable, low-resolution PDF maps
We understand that not everyone wants a digital copy of a park map. We also know that not everyone will want to pay for a geo-referenced map. That’s why we also offer detailed, printable trail maps at no cost. We will continue to add more of these free trail maps over the coming months, so make sure you check back with us before your next hike.
TN Valley Water Trails interactive map
Not all trails are for hiking. Some you can only access on a boat. That’s why we are proud to announce a partnership with tnvalleywatertrails.org to bring you an interactive map of water trails in Tennessee. Want to canoe the Harpeth? Want to kayak on the French Broad? This website provides the details you need. On our maps page, we provide links to the TN Valley Water Trails site for every park that touches a water trail.
Don't get lost on your adventure
When you’re out wandering, it’s important to know where you’re going and how to get there. We hope these maps keep you on the trail and help you connect with outdoor adventures throughout the state. To see the full list of maps we have available, click the button below.