Paper Maps - Where Do I find them

Discussion in 'Americas' started by MOzarkRider, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. MOzarkRider

    MOzarkRider Adventurer

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    This may be the wrong place for this but I was wondering if anyone could help me out. I live in Indiana but also explore other states in the midwest and south towards Tennessee. Where can I find Paper maps that display off-road trails, gravel paths, and other such less taken roads. I understand a GPS is a great route but sometimes carrying a paper map isn't a bad idea.
    If anyone could help me out I would be much appreciative.
    Thanks in advanced.
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  2. Mudcat

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    I carry a Delorme Atlas and Gazetteer with me for each state I am traveling in. They are detailed Topographic maps. All the back roads and more. Available in about any bookstore for about $16-$20 per state.
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  3. Solace

    Solace Been here awhile

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    Agreed on the Delorme Gazetteers. I have one for favorite states. I also stop in County Engineers offices to pick up county maps. Good detail on those.
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  4. Mudcat

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    I bet. Do they have addresses one can route too? If the Delorme had those it would be about perfect
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  5. MOzarkRider

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    Thank You
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  6. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    My sig line has a link to US topo maps that you can download and print. Staples will print them full size in B/W for about $2.50
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  7. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    farther west Benchmark atlas outshine Delorme in road definition.
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  8. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    From time to time, DeLorme offers their excellent Gazetteers at 50% off. Sign up on their web site (near bottom of page on left) to get emails from them and you will be notified. I don't find that they abuse how often they email me. http://www.delorme.com/
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  9. 9Dave

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    Moved to Trip Planning.
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  10. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    My primary paper maps are the Benchmark books. But they are only available for western states.

    Another good cheap map are those made by GTR. These are foldup, one-per-state, and pretty cheap. They show a lot of dirt roads, but not the most minor ones. I carry them and use them a lot for planning bail-outs when my GPS track isn't going to work.

    If you are serious about an area that is managed by BLM, the BLM 100k maps are excellent. They show virtually every road and trail and importantly land ownership.

    Some of them are available free online. At least New Mexico is.
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  11. Mudcat

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    How so?

    Where can I find these maps to look at?
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  12. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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  13. bigbluecreek

    bigbluecreek Wish I was in Mexico

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    Not sure if the have the map your looking for but Butler Maps are really nice.
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  14. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Been here awhile

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    +1 on butler. Have a nice one for Ozarks, etc. like the fact that they're laminated too.
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  15. 4PawsHacienda

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    I contact the state tourism office and request a trip planning brochure, easy way to get an updated state highway map and begin some macro planning. Usually take 4 −6 weeks to get the map so plan ahead.

    Delorme is fantastic. I keep a paper map in the tank bang map pocket, used in tandem with the GPS I usually have an idea of what town is up ahead as well as the specific roads.

    Army surplus store in my area has some serious topo maps of different regions. Cheap and quite detailed. Corps of Engineers also has maps available.
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  16. MOzarkRider

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    Thanks for all the advice everyone! I will have to check out Butler and Delorme. I am taking a trip to the ozarks this spring and will be looking into those maps. And that website for trails out west is fantastic! Michigan and Wisconsin are fairly close to my area now so it is all excellent information, thank you. If anyone has anything else feel free to chime in, Can never have too much information.
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  17. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    titles are here http://www.benchmarkmaps.com/
    purchase from amazon.

    butler links are below.
    our ozark map has no dirt on it just so you know.
    not enough room.
    thnx bill
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  18. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    +1 on the Delorme and USGS topos, but just know that a lot of the USGS topos are out of date and I believe Delorme uses them as their base, so occassionally a bridge, road, or a 4WD trail, etc. that you see on paper may be long gone now.

    This is a bit out of date too but may be useful to you, http://www.gpsinformation.org/dale/mapmakers.htm
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  19. byways

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    I just posted on my blog, Backcountry Byways Journal (link is in my signature), a roundup of maps that I've used for many years to research backcountry roads.

    In the atlas genre, Benchmark is the gold standard for Western states. Nat'l Geographic's Trails Illustrated, and AAA affiliate Automobile Club of Southern California produce outstanding maps for our purposes ... exhaustively researched and verified. Their map for the Southwest, called Indian Country Guide Map, is remarkable. Free to members, $4.95 to non-members.

    The National Forest Store sells national forest maps, which are outstanding.

    Visit my blog post for more info ...
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  20. Pantah

    Pantah Red Sox Nation

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    I ride all over the continent and explore as many dirt roads to destinations as I can find. I've even bought tracks from byways above. I use AAA maps, Benchmark and DeLorme map books, Google Maps and my Garmin Citynavigator/Basecamp software. All af them serve a purpose when planning a trip, be it the CDR, GWT, Pony Express or just poking around the timberlands of Northern Maine.

    DeLorme clearly has the most detail. So much detail it's hard to determine if the path is a trail or a road sometimes. Benchmark is easier to use because it is less cluttered, but they only cover the great west. Both are a bit of a chore to take with me on a motorcycle, so I generally only take 1, if any.

    AAA maps are very good for both planning and taking along for reference. They have most dirt roads clearly marked, but sometimes the names are wrong. The high level scale is really helpful for roughing out the route. AAA maps are free to AAA members. It's like $50/yr I think. My wife has used their tow service, so not a bad trade to get my maps. Like Tony said, their Indian Country is their very best and it is invaluable for those of us who explore the 4 corners area.

    Once I have roughed out the general route using the above paper maps, I drill down with Google Maps. It is very good at picking up most of the roads in Benchmark. I use this to verify if the road actually goes through. The satellite view can help in that way. If it looks like it does, I fire up my Basecamp software and use the tracks tool to create the tracks that I will follow. Citynavigator also has detail but you have to zoom into .2 mile to see the path. That can be a slow process because at .2 mile, you have no scale and can easily go down the wrong path.

    Once my tracks are made, transfer them and the appropriate maps to my GPS. Then I verify the tracks are there.

    If I have been fortunate enough to acquire proven track logs from somebody else, I still go through the same process with all my maps to make sure I am riding the route I want.

    Fun stuff to get us through the winter. :D
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