Now available: mobile maps of national forests

Digital map of U.S. national forests available via a mobile app.

Lydia Hooper

The U.S. Forest Service has just released maps that allow visitors to navigate America's national forests via a mobile app.

The PDF Maps Mobile App is available as a free download for Android and iOS devices. The app offers thousands of maps, including almost 700 maps of American national forests at various costs. Forest Service maps are free, national forest atlas pages are 99 cents and forest visitor maps are $4.99. 

The maps can be downloaded before visits, or visitors can use geo-referenced, live maps based on their actual location if internet is available. Users can also mark places, add notes and upload photos, among other map features. 

“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.”

Another interactive map for planning visits to forests will be central to the Forest Service's new website, which is expected to be launched in early 2014. For now, you can locate a forest near you here.

These digital, web-based services are part of the federal government’s efforts to become paperless and share more information publicly. They will also be crucial tools for wildland firefighters, forest rangers, and anyone else who uses these places regularly - perhaps you!
Pictured above: Map for Boise National Forest. Credit: Lydia Hooper

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