America’s most visited national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is both renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life and rich in remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture. National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated map of Cades Coves and Elkmont, covers the western part of the park, from Sugarlands Visitor Center area in the east to the western boundary of the park with Chilhowee Mountain and Lake.
Created in partnership with the National Park Service and others for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts seeking to explore the area, the map combines unparalleled detail of the region, essential area information and safety tips, including bear safety and valuable contact information. The map features many key points of interest as well, including Fontana Lake and Dam, Little Tennessee and Tuckasegee Rivers Cable Mill Historic Area and Abrams Creek. The park map has clearly marked trails with mileages between intersections. The map base includes contour lines and elevations for summits, passes and many lakes.
Listed are stream crossings, as well as backcountry campsites and shelters along with their location, elevation and capacity. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Mountains-to-Sea Trail and Benton Mackaye Trail are all highlighted, providing a handy tool for hikers. Some of the many recreation features include: visitor centers, campgrounds, trail shelters, trailheads, boat ramps, scenic overlooks, waterfalls, lookout towers, ski areas, interpretive trails and quiet walkways. The Indian Lakes Scenic Byway is marked for those wishing to explore the area by car.
Every Trails Illustrated map is printed on “Backcountry Tough” waterproof, tear-resistant paper. A full UTM grid is printed on the map to aid with GPS navigation. We love technology and enjoy the convenience of GPS, but you can’t plan a trip on a phone screen and navigation doesn’t work where there’s no cell signal. Start your next trip on the right foot with a high-quality folding travel map. Make the most of your next adventure, even if you lose GPS or cell signals. You’ll always be on the correct route with our folding travel maps. Your adventure starts here!
Cherokee National Forest, Clingmans Dome, Fontana Lake, Great Smoky Mountains, Nantahala National Forest.
What is a Trails Illustrated Map?
With more than 250 titles available for America’s favorite outdoor destinations, Trails Illustrated maps are the most trusted and popular recreation maps available. Continually setting the standard for accuracy, each map is crafted in conjunction with local land managers and undergoes rigorous review and enhancement before being printed on waterproof, tear-resistant material. Each Trails Illustrated map contains detailed topographic information, clearly marked trails, recreational points of interest, and navigational aids.
About the Author
Founded in 1915 as the Map Department of the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Maps is responsible for illustrating the world around us through the art and science of mapmaking. Today, National Geographic Maps continues this mission by creating the world’s best wall maps, outdoor recreation maps, travel maps, atlases and globes that inspire people to care about and explore their world.
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