The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices. Through the Avenza PDF Maps mobile app, users can purchase and download professionally created maps that are stored on their devices.
Almost 700 free and paid Forest Service maps are available through the app. The maps are geo-referenced with the user’s location appearing as a blue dot.
“This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest or grassland,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “By putting important forest information right at your fingertips, it will encourage more Americans to get outside and explore their forests.”
In areas of national forests and grasslands where Internet connections are unavailable, the app and static maps work will if users download the maps prior to their visit. Paper maps are still available for purchase online at the National Forest Store.