Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
Published by National Geographic 1996, Revised 2009
Actually, you don’t need to say much more than this is a National Geographic map. Their lofty reputation is upheld by this publication, one of a series of twenty-one Trails Illustrated maps that generally cover the whole of the Appalachian Mountains.
The map is big in most every aspect: physically, it unfolds to 36” x 25”; it represents more than 860 square miles of territory; it tracks a staggering 144 trails within the Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest. Waterproof and tear-resistant, it can be used on the trail.
In addition to 50-feet topographic contours, towns and roads, terrain features, and trail amenities, you get full details on all 144 trails citing their length, hiking difficulty, blaze color, and designated use (foot, bike, horse). Items presented that are seldom seen on other maps are the Forest Service roads. All those backwoods tracks you encounter and wonder where they’re going are shown in clear detail along with their identification.
Other special features include selected GPS waypoints. Longitude and latitude are located along the map’s border as are Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates. A 1000 meter UTM grid covers the map. The scale is 1 inch = 0.8 miles.
And there is plenty more information provided. As noted above, this is a National Geographic map, which, by definition, makes it probably the top map for the area. It will be invaluable for anyone who hikes, bikes, or rides the Pisgah Ranger District. And it would be a great addition for anyone who just loves good maps.