Standard Map Products
The Forest Service publishes a variety of map products to help you plan your next adventure or enjoy your next visit!
We've released the next generation Interactive Visitor Map! Visitor Map 2.0, provides the public with an online view of Forest Service roads, trails, recreation sites, wilderness areas, and wild & scenic rivers. We would love to hear from you. Click here to let us know your comments, suggestions, or any issues you have with the Visitor Map.
“A Guide To Your National Forests” (PDF, 1.41MB) is a free brochure showing locations of national forests and grasslands along with contact information. A large map of those regions (PDF, 5.36MB) is also available.
View a Locator Map of our nation's national forests and Grasslands. The markers and links on the map will take you to local forest/grassland web sites where additional information can be obtained.
Forest Visitor Maps, National Forest Atlas, and Wilderness Maps
These maps are available for purchase at National Forest Map Store, U.S. Geological Survey Store, many Forest Service offices and other retail outlets. Many Forest Visitor Maps are also available for purchase as georeferenced PDFs on Avenza, for use on mobile devices.
- Forest Visitor Maps for each national forest and grassland provide forest-wide information on attractions, facilities, services, and opportunities.
- National Forest Atlases are full color atlases, containing 8.5-inch by 11-inch topographic quadrangle maps at 1 inch to the mile scale and are available for many of the forests in California.
- Wilderness Maps are topographic maps that show natural features such as mountains, valleys, plains, lakes, rivers, and vegetation using contour lines depicting elevation gain or loss. Each map covers all or part of one wilderness area and the scale is generally 1 inch per mile (1:63,360).
FSTopo is the Forest Service series of large scale topographic maps. FSTopo maps are 7.5 minute, 1:24,000-scale over the conterminous United States, and 15 minute X 20-22.5 minute, 1:63,360-scale over Alaska. These maps are available in several formats:
- Geo-enabled PDFs.
- Geotiffs that contain both collar and non-collar editions in a single zipped file.
- Hard copies are available for purchase at some Forest Service offices, U.S. Geological Survey Store, and some retail outlets.
Motor Vehicle Use Maps
Motor Vehicle Use Maps identify those roads, trails, and areas designated for motor vehicle use are available one or more ways:
Other Map Products
The Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse is an online collection of digital data related to forest resources. Through the Geodata Clearinghouse you can find datasets related to forests and grasslands. You can also find boundaries and ownership, natural resources, roads and trails, and datasets related to state and private forested areas such as insect and disease threat and surface water importance. The information includes map products you can download, raster data, and links to other resources.
National Forests and Grasslands produced maps
Most national forests and grasslands offer online maps or instructions on how to obtain a printed map.
Nationwide datasets are published as map services. These map services are available:
This interactive travel map supplements the corresponding motor vehicle use map by displaying on detailed color maps the National Forest System roads, trails, and areas on these lands that are designated for motor vehicle use and nearby points of interest. The interactive travel map does not replace the Motor Vehicle Use Map, which designates roads, trails and areas for motor vehicle use according to the Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Printed copies of the national forest or grassland maps are available at the Supervisor's Office or at a specific District Ranger office.
ArcGIS Online Applications
ArcGIS Online is a collaborative, cloud-based platform that allows members of an organization to use, create, and share maps, scenes, apps, and data, and access authoritative basemaps and ready-to-use apps. Several National Map Viewer Applications have been created using AGOL and include:
- Forest Service Map Viewer
The Map Viewer provides access to standard agency map layers. The viewer can also be used to access map services from other sites, such as Data.gov. Some interesting topic-specific configurations of this map viewer include:
Active Fire Mapping Program
The Active Fire Mapping Program is an operational, satellite-based fire detection and monitoring program managed by the Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Active Fire Mapping program provides near real-time detection and characterization of wildland fire conditions in a geospatial context for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. Detectable fire activity across all administrative ownerships in the United States and Canada are mapped and characterized by the program.
The 2001 Roadless Rule establishes prohibitions on road construction, road reconstruction, and timber harvesting on 58.5 million acres of inventoried roadless areas on lands managed by the agency. The intent of the rule is to provide lasting protection for inventoried roadless areas in the context of multiple-use management.