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 Southwest Virginia edition covers 170 miles from Pearisburg on the New River to the Tennessee state line south of Damascus, primarily through the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and including the Mount Rodgers Recreational Area, in four maps on two sheets.
The official Appalachian Trail maps for Southwest Virginia are also available for sale in an official Appalachian Trail Guide Set (#109) 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.
Gary (Submitted on May 10th 2018)
I guess the map format is a compromise between “North up” and maximum AT display but it is a bit disorienting going from map to map. For example Map 4 is more horizontal and map 3 is more vertical then maps 1 and 2 are diagonal to North. Also the diagram showing the sections on the overall AT are too small to be useful. I would suggest an intermediate step down from All AT, to VA, to map sections 1 through 4. The distance/elevation graph on each map is helpful however the labels should be on a white background for easier legibility but the trail log does help readability. Once familiar with these idiocincrecies it is a useful map worth taking along.
jack (Submitted on Mar 30th 2018)
These are indespensible in planning section hiikes and where to have an outfitter make the drop off
of my wandering self.