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 Rogers National 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, nonprofit organization founded in 1925 to create this treasured footpath, now part of the national park system.
Margaret Rost (Submitted on Jan 16th 2020)
My goals are minuscule compared to others but the maps will help me reach those goals. Already planning day hikes. Could not rate a 5. That goes to Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail maps and guides.
Unknown (Submitted on Jun 21st 2019)
These are great maps, and I used them when I did my complete section hike of the AT. However, they are quite pricey. Because the trail changes all of the time (this section has had 2 major relocations fairly recently) it would help a lot to know whether the map being sold shows those relocations. In this case, Bluff Mountain and Peters Mountain. For Central Virginia, would want to be able to see Sinking Creek Mountain relocation, another major one.
ATC Note: Point well-taken. These 2015 maps do include the Peters Mtn. relo (as conceived) but the others are more recent. Maps are revised when current stock is drawn down.
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.