10 Best Hiking Maps

Updated on: February 2023

Best Hiking Maps in 2023


Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Map

Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Map
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2023
  • ROCKY MT NATIONAL PARK #200

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks [Map Pack Bundle] (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks [Map Pack Bundle] (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2023
  • National Geographic Maps: National Geographic's waterproof and tear-resistant maps provide travelers with the perfect combination of detail and perspective, a necessity for any adventure.
  • Pocket Naturalist Guides: Waterford Press' Pocket Naturalist Guides are filled with accurate and lifelike illustrations of the wildlife you are likely to encounter on your travels.

Shenandoah National Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)

Shenandoah National Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2023
  • Approximately 4 1/4" x 9 1/4" folded; 25.5" x 37.75" fully opened
  • Scale = 1:75,000
  • Map Revised - 2007
  • Features Included: wilderness areas; Rapidan Wildlife Management Area; Overall Run Waterfall; Whiteoak Canyon Waterfall; Cedar Run Waterfall; Rose River Waterfall; Dark Hollow Waterfall; Lewis Waterfall; South River Waterfall; Doyles River Waterfalls; Jones Run Waterfall; the cities of Front Royal, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg, Shenandoah, Elkton, Grottoes, and Charlottesville; George Washington National Forest; the Appalachian Trail; Shenandoah River; Skyline Drive.
  • Waterproof

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2023
  • Approximately 4 1/4" x 9 1/4" folded; 25.5" x 37.75" fully opened
  • Scale = 1:70,000
  • Map Revised - 2007
  • Features Included: Great Smoky Mountains National Park in its entirety, the Appalachian Trail, Twentymile Trail, Lakeshore Trail, Chasteen Creek Trail, the Great Smoky Mountains, Chilowee Mountain, Little Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Cataloochee Divide, Pisgah National Forest, Cherokee National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, Little Tennessee River, Chilhowee Lake, Fontana Lake, Tuckasegee River, the cities of Maryville Tennessee, Gatlinburg Tennessee, Waynesville North Carolina, and mor
  • Waterproof

Grand Canyon Trail Map 5th Edition

Grand Canyon Trail Map 5th Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2023

Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter & GPS (Mountaineers Outdoor Basics)

Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter & GPS (Mountaineers Outdoor Basics)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2023
  • Wilderness Navigation

Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)

Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2023
  • The most comprehensive and complete recreational map for Glacier/Waterton National Park. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant material with a plastic coating that offers supreme durability. Dimensions: 4 x 9 inches folded; 28 x 32 inches fully opened.
  • 1989 edition, revised 2000; scale: 1:63,360 (& 1:83,333).

Zion National Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)

Zion National Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2023

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2023
  • Approximately 4 1/4" x 9" folded; 25 1/2" x 37 3/4" fully opened
  • Scale = 1:80,000
  • Map revised - 2006.
  • Waterproof
  • Tear resistant paper

Rocky Mountain National Park [Map Pack Bundle] (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)

Rocky Mountain National Park [Map Pack Bundle] (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2023
  • National Geographic Maps: National Geographic's waterproof and tear-resistant maps provide travelers with the perfect combination of detail and perspective, a necessity for any adventure.
  • Pocket Naturalist Guides: Waterford Press' Pocket Naturalist Guides are filled with accurate and lifelike illustrations of the wildlife you are likely to encounter on your travels.

Hiking the NC Pisgah National Forest

Here are the top 4 hiking trails in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area in North Carolina. Find out where to experience panoramic views of this gorge and breath taking views of the Appalachian Mountains.

Top Four Trails

4) Pine Gap Trail is a one mile trail in NC that takes you on a steady and fairly easy descent down into the gorge and to the river below. This is probably considered one of the easiest paths down to the river but still be aware that many of these NC trails are not well marked or kept up with. This is a very large NC forest with steep descents and if you are a novice hiking enthusiast you may want to consider teaming up with someone with more hiking experience on rugged trails.

3) Spence Ridge Trail is another favorite trek to hike in the NC Pisgah National Forest. This NC trail is about 1.7 miles long and crosses the Linville River. This Pisgah National treasure offers a trail with a river view that none of the other trails offer and is one of the reasons this footpath is one of the top four trails in NC. This NC trail is also another trek that takes you down to the river without too much effort.

2) Shortoff Mountain Trail is an 8 mile trek with breath taking views of the NC Appalachian Mountains. This NC Pisgah National Forest hiking trail is a must for anyone with experience at long distance hikes who has never seen these beautiful NC mountains. Many hiking and backpacking enthusiasts claim that the NC Appalachian Mountains are some of the most beautiful in the world and part of them are located in NC. This is one of the top four NC Pisgah National Forest trails mainly because of the fantastic views.

1) Table Rock Summit Trail is approximately a 1.2 mile long hike in NC. If you are looking for a hiking adventure with a panoramic view this is the NC hike for you. This is considered a difficult Pisgah National Forest hiking trail but it is well travelled. The awesome NC views at the top of the summit of Table Rock will give you a panoramic view of Linville Gorge and will make your hard work well worth the effort. Many hiking and backpacking enthusiasts enjoy this NC Pisgah National Forest trail even though it is one of the toughest (and shortest).

The NC Pisgah National Forest is one of the most beautiful in the U.S. and in NC. Hiking is just one fun activity this NC treasure offers you and your family. For more information about the Pisgah National Forest please visit the NC forest website .

For more information about other hiking or backpacking adventures please visit here .

Sources

Fact Sheet: NC Forest (2020).

Personal Experience

U.S. Forest Service.

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