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Outdoor adventure inspiration and insight from maps

A map or illustration can sometimes inspire a road trip or outdoor adventure. They can certainly provide insight when navigation help is needed. Several of my articles feature custom maps that show the points of interest that are mentioned in the text.

This page will serve as a hub where it should be a little easier to find the maps when you’re looking for ideas. When a new article includes a new custom map, the map will be added here. 

For persons who enjoy browsing information flipbook-style, a few of the articles with maps are available in digital magazine format. Links to the digital magazines will also be included here.


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This custom map can help you plan a hike at the Walls of Jericho

The steep paths at the Walls of Jericho have become very popular with hikers in north Alabama and southeast Tennessee. This colorful map brings the trail options at this wilderness area into perspective.

CLICK to download a big PDF version

The article was designed for my article, Hiking at the Walls of Jericho.

Find out about five beautiful gorges in the region between Chattanooga and Huntsville

I designed this map to help point out the fact that Little River Canyon, Cloudland Canyon and three other scenic gorges are close enough together to visit all of them in one weekend.

It’s an integral part of my article, Visit five different scenic gorges in one weekend.

DeSoto State Park’s best hiking trails

I made this map to illustrate my favorite trails for hiking at this state park which is on Lookout Mountain halfway between Mentone and Fort Payne in northeast Alabama.

CLICK HERE to open the map in high-definition PDF format.


The map and the entire article, A hiker’s guide to DeSoto State Park’s best trails, are also available in digital magazine format.

CLICK HERE to open the digital magazine.



It takes two: Lake Guntersville State Park trail maps

For my article, A hiker’s guide to the trails at Lake Guntersville State Park, two maps are necessary in order to provide a good look at the 40-plus miles of hiking trails at Alabama’s third largest state park.

One map shows the primary park area, and the other shows the horse trails on the north side of the park.

Extra-large PDF.

Horse trail PDF.


The article, including the maps, is also available in digital magazine format.

Click to open the 10-page magazine.



Buck’s Pocket State Park map for hikers

This state park is one of the best places in northeast Alabama for enjoying outdoor activities such as photography, birding and kayaking. Hiking in the gorge and along the river are my favorite things to do there. My post, A guide to the trails at Buck’s Pocket State Park, features this map which shows the current inventory of trails:

High-definition PDF.

That map is also found on pages 2-3 of the digital magazine. CLICK HERE to open to digital magazine.




Guntersville Lake bald eagle recommended observation sites

My article, Enjoy a self-guided bald eagle adventure at Guntersville Lake, discusses eight of my favorite public places to spot bald eagles. This map provides a visual guide to those locations:

See the map in PDF format.

Map shows the waterside points of interest in Gadsden, Alabama

The map I designed for my article, Where to enjoy some waterside fun on your next trip to Gadsden, should help you plan a fun trip to the city’s epic waterfall, along with its lake and riverfront areas.

Extra-large PDF.

The article is also available as a small digital magazine.

Click to open the magazine.



Tennesee Riverwalk trailheads and riverfront zoom view map

In Chattanooga, the Riverwalk parallels the river from Moccasin Bend to the Chickamauga Dam. I made this trailhead map for my article, Best of Chattanooga: The Tennessee Riverwalk.

See map in high-definition PDF format.

This other map was generated for that article in order to provide a zoomed-in visual guide for navigation options in the downtown area where following the greenway can get a little confusing:

See in PDF format.

A map for the article, Little River Canyon: A first-time visitor’s sightseeing guide

The article and the map can help you decide which scenic canyon overlooks and other points of interest to see at Alabama Hwy. 35 and along the Little River Canyon Rim Parkway.

View in PDF format.

The Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet trailhead map and digital magazine

The epic paved path that stretches from Anniston, Alabama, to Smryna, Georgia, is 94 miles long. I prepared a map showing 33 places where cyclists can access it to complement my article, Biking the Chief Ladiga Trail and the Silver Comet Trail.

Click to see the map in PDF format.


See the digital magazine.