The official Appalachian Trail maps are essential hiking materials for both thru and section hikers. Each map is focused on the Appalachian Trail and overlaps with the neighboring maps, ideal for long-distance hikes and planning. The surrounding area and additional side trails are also included. An easy-to-use elevation profile shows the distance to the next campsite or shelter, side trails, and water sources. For added interest, maps indicate road crossings, waterfalls, and scenic areas. Maps are both water- and tear-resistant.
The Pennsylvania edition covers 239 miles from Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to the town of Pen Mar on the Maryland state line in five maps.
Published by Potomac Appalachian Trail Club:
The official Appalachian Trail maps for Pennsylvania are also available for individual sale or in an official Appalachian Trail Guide Set (#105) for more in-depth planning.
Proceeds from the sale of these maps go back into the protection of the Appalachian Trail experience through volunteer-based conservation led by the ATC, a private, non-profit organization founded in 1925 to create this treasured footpath, now part of the national park system.
Unknown (Submitted on Aug 27th 2018)
For a day hiker and aspiring "thru-hiker" like myself, this highly detailed yet very readable map series seems an outstanding aid to navigating the PA portion of the Appalachian trail. The maps include grid-lines with true/mag north offsets, feeder trails, shelters and major and minor roadways.
Dan (Submitted on Mar 23rd 2017)
If you're someone who knows how to properly use a map, these maps aren't for you. Sections 1-8 (middle to top of trail in PA) maps don't have gridlines. This seriously limits their usefulness as, well, maps! So even if you know your location (10 digit grid from GPS) you can't accurately find that point on the map. Or even if you know your spot on the map, you can't shoot an azimuth to a destination because the maps aren't oriented to true north and you have no gridlines to be able to accurately orient your protractor against.
If you've never used a good map and just want to see where parking and water sources are located, these maps might suit your needs. But if you're accustomed to a good map (like a military map) these will just #$%& you off, as they have me.