Maps & Publications


Free, Downloadable Maps

A variety of maps covering National Forest lands are available for download and printing. 


  • The Interactive Visitor’s Map provides an online view of Forest Service roads, trails, recreation sites, wilderness areas, and wild & scenic rivers.
  • Forest Service Topography Maps overlay Forest Service roads, trails, and campgrounds on USGS topographic maps. They are available for download by quadrangle, and are geo-referenced PDFs. This means they have latitude and longitude information embedded in them, and can be used with an app like PDF Maps from Avenza which uses your mobile device's built-in GPS to show your location on the map. 
  • Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) indicate which roads in the National Forests are open to motor vehicle use, and which roads have been decommissioned or changed to other uses (PDF). These maps can be downloaded and printed by quadrangle from your computer. 
  • The Land Status and Encumbrance Map is an interactive map that provides Forest Service lands status information, including current NFS lands ownership data, regional and forest boundaries, and National Forest survey information. 

Maps for Mobile Devices

Many maps covering forest service lands are available for free download or purchase through the Avenza PDF Maps Store. To use, you must have the Avenza app, available for iOS and Android devices. Remember, network coverage is not available in many areas of the forest, so download your maps before you start your adventure. 

Purchase Printed Maps

Ranger District offices

National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps are sold at our Ranger District Offices.  Please note that maps are not available from the Supervisor's Office.

National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps are also available online and at many outdoor stores.

Purchase USGS maps online directly from the US Geological Survey Store.

Friends of Mount Rogers

Our partner, the Friends of Mount Rogers supports a bookstore at the Mount Rogers visitor center where a large selection of trail maps, books, and other interesting and educational items can be purchased. For additional maps of the Mount Rogers area, please contact the Mount Rogers Visitors Center. 

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Store

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, a partner who maintains multiple trails on the northern end of the George Washington National Forest, offers numerous maps and trail guides in their online trail store.  

Digital Geospatial Data 

The U.S. Forest Service is using ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Open Data to share maps, data, and applications for use by other federal agencies, partners, and the public. Users can find and use map services published by the Agency, together with their own data, to create web maps and web mapping applications.

For more sources of digital geospatial data related to forest resources, check out the links on the Geospatial Data page.

Resource and Management Publications

Forest Service Research Publications

Research publications are available from the national headquarters, our research stations, and the Forest Products Lab. Additional publications on forest management and forest health may be found at the Southern Research Station.