Saturday, 11 June 2011

Hiking America with Google Maps


Backpacker magazine has a great database of hiking trails that you can view with Google Maps.

From the site's home page you can select the state that you wish to view hiking trails for and you will then be shown a Google Map of suggested hikes in that state. Each individual trail is displayed on its own map, alongside the length and difficulty of the hike.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Map

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy map has been created to help you plan a hike on the trail.

The Google Map of the trail includes information about parking locations, shelters on the trail and photographs of some of the amazing vistas on the Appalachian Trail.

Redtrails: Trails Co-Op

Retrails Trails Co-op is a compendium of over 35,000 American trails ranging from National Parks and Forests hikes to local mountain bike trails.

The individual pages for each of the trails includes a Google Map showing the route of the trail. Alongside the map are the trail's details, such as its length and elevation profile. If you zoom the map out you can also view trails that are nearby.

Jen Review

Picking up a backpack and traveling the world can be very daunting, but traveling light has become one of the most popular ways to see the world on a limited budget. 

Young people around the world are booking flights, reserving bunk beds in hostels, and going on holiday with nothing more than a bag on their back. This form of travel is growing increasingly popular in countries like Australia and New Zealand, as well as many parts of Europe. 

If you are ready for a backpacking adventure, booking your flight and planning your route is just the first step. Picking the items you will take with you (including your backpack) is the next step. This guide will help you prepare for your trip, no matter where you’re going or how long you’re going for.


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