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Ky Tim
09-27-2008, 10:39 AM
What type of maps of GSMNP do you backcountry folks use?

old tom
09-27-2008, 11:51 AM
I've got an old Trails Illustrated. But I think they might have been replaced by National Geographic. It'll cost you $10 or so, but well worth it. They're made of waterproof paper and will last you forever.

09-27-2008, 12:14 PM
Yes they are national geographic trails illustrated maps and they are great. Like old tom said, even when wet they are easy to handle and deal with. I have the map the park service gives you on my wall at home for planning purposes but the trails illustrated map is the only one that goes with me in the woods.

09-28-2008, 12:58 AM
I use the Earthwalk Press Hiking Map & Guide for GSMNP, waterproof edition. It’s my all around backpacking map as well, so I prefer it as a matter of habit.

If you’re going someplace in particular you can also access max resolution topos online and print yourself a custom sectional map. Brush each side with map sealant, tape ‘em back-to-back and store ‘em in a ziplock bag.

Doug Frost

www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm (http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm)
www.topozone.com (http://www.topozone.com/)
http://www.charttiff.com/TopoMaker/Interactive.htm (http://www.charttiff.com/TopoMaker/Interactive.htm)
http://maptech.mytopo.com/onlinemaps/index.cfm (http://maptech.mytopo.com/onlinemaps/index.cfm)

09-28-2008, 09:27 AM
Where can you buy map sealant? I have Topozone and it would be nice to make waterproof maps from my computer. I have used laminating machines in my forestry work, but you can't fold them.


Ky Tim
09-28-2008, 10:35 AM
Where can I get the National Geographic maps? Are they only available on line or can I buy them near the park or at Sugarlands Visitor Center? Thanks for the help folks.

old tom
09-28-2008, 01:52 PM
Get one right here. You should have it by mid week. http://littleriveroutfitters.com/store/product.php?productid=17481&cat=995&page=1

There's also a backpacking store in Gatlinburg, just off the main drag. Happy Hiker or something like that. Don't know about Sugarlands.

09-28-2008, 05:30 PM
all the park stores have the map....and the money goes to support the park.

10-05-2008, 10:33 AM
Tim- depending on what part of KY you live in, Nat's in Bowling Green has the maps as does Phillip Galls in Lexington. Or go online for a easy buy and save the gas. If you hike in from the top of Hazel, there will be some nice views in the beginning before dropping down into the creek. If you hike all the way out to the bottom, check ahead of time on the boat shuttle schedule and Fontana Marina. If you go this route, take a 1/2 day up Bone Valley ( if there is any water ) it is well worth it.

06-04-2009, 11:11 PM
Where can you buy map sealant? I have Topozone and it would be nice to make waterproof maps from my computer. I have used laminating machines in my forestry work, but you can't fold them.


Neal, by now you may have found a solution. If not you may want to look into waterproof printer paper. http://www.waterproof-paper.com/ Comes in 8.5x11 and 11x17. Before investing, you might want to check into compatibility with your printer so as not to void any warranty.

I'd hoping to locate a place that will print my 34x22 in Little R map on such paper.


Ky Tim
06-28-2009, 10:52 AM
Well, I posted this back in September, but it was recently brought back up to the first page, so I finally got around to ordering the National Geographic Trails Illustrated map from LRO. Got it yesterday and it is excellent. Will be using it in a couple of weeks from the 10th-13th.

06-28-2009, 01:26 PM
I like it because it's the only map I've ever had that I could fold back up the same way everytime :smile:

06-28-2009, 04:56 PM
I like those maps cause I can fold them "Every Which Way but Loose" and they keep on tickin. Plus they make great reading material on those Slowwwwwwwwwww nights in Maynardville:rolleyes:

06-30-2009, 08:02 AM
Yeah you can spend hours pouring over that 229 nat. geographic map. Its good reading material in a tent in the backcountry too and lighter than a book lol. I too have used mine for 2 years on a lot of backpacking trips through rain, mud, and folded it every which way it wasn't supposed to be and it is still in pretty good shape. Just now getting a bit of the print worn away in the creases. I have gotten way more than my $10 worth already though.

06-30-2009, 10:36 AM
One of the best ways to get maps and most importantly an updated map is to visit the local courthouse in the area you are planning on fishing. You will most likely be directed to the zoning/building permit department. Tell them you would like a map with contours and you may want to have the property owners names printed...? You will look over a larger map of the county/region and select the actual zones you would like.

I would have each one (each grid containing the river stretch) printed on 11"x17" paper with a 10' contour (go smaller if it does not cloud up your map). Most rivers in the range of 8-10 miles will be around 7-8 grids. Of course this all depends on the rivers course and deviation on the map.

Each grid printed in color usually costs around $3 each. Some people may want to have all the grids put together on a map. This will reduce the readability of the map, but gives you an overall perspective.

Hope this helps....

*You may want to call ahead to give them sufficient time to put this together. I would say most would take an hour to do...But, you do not want to waste any fishing time if you can help it...

06-30-2009, 10:58 AM
Great info. Do these folks do mail orders on maps? I especially like the bit about property owners names. Many counties allow you to have online access to property owner info, but many smaller counties do not. For those of you in the Nashville area, I used to deal with a little ompany called Map Sales and Services whaih will kind of chaotic, sold topo maps of all over. I go a great set of the Caney years ago. I think they are still in business on Lebanon Road close to Fesslers Lane.