The official Appalachian Trail maps are essential hiking (and safety) 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 (for about three miles) and additional side trails are also included. An easy-to-use elevation profile shows the distance and ups or downs 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.
Proceeds from sales go back into the protection of the Appalachian Trail experience through volunteer-based conservation led by the ATC, a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1925 to create this treasured footpath, now part of the national park system.