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Trail Conference Maps on Apple and Android Devices!
Enhanced trail maps from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference are now available on Apple and Android mobile devices. Using the PDF Maps app from Avenza, you can pinpoint your location on a map, track your route, mark waypoints and geotag photos, measure distances, and much more! Use the links below to navigate this page for more info!
Use the following links to navigate to the different sections within this informational guide:
- Introduction: What is the PDF Maps app?
- How do I get maps on my Apple device?
- How do I get maps on my Android device?
- What features are included with the PDF Maps app?
- What are some specific ways I might use these maps?
- Other Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I find additional information?
- Which Trail Conference maps are available through the PDF Maps app?
PDF Maps is an award-winning, free map app from Avenza Systems Inc., a company recognized worldwide as a leader in map development software. The app is currently available on Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android devices. It is a powerful geospatial PDF reader that allows you to easily download and interact with maps in new and exciting ways. A map store within the app gives you access to thousands of maps from around the world, from outdoor recreation maps to city transit maps. This "iTunes for maps" includes free maps as well as maps available for purchase. The Trail Conference has become a vendor in this map store and has made most of its published trail maps available through the PDF Maps app.
Follow these 5 easy steps to get maps on your Apple device:
- Download and install the free PDF Maps app from the App Store or iTunes.
- Click here to go to the App Store directly or search for "Avenza PDF Maps" in the Apple App Store on your mobile device.
- PDF Maps requires iOS 4.0 or later running on an iPhone 3GS or better, 3rd generation iPod Touch or better, or any iPad.
- Once installed, navigate to the Map Store and search for "nynjtc" to find our selection of both free maps and maps available for purchase (the Search function is accessed by tapping the Magnifiying Glass button; note that this currently only brings up 40 maps due to app limitations, so a direct search of a park name or map name is best).
- You can also click on any linked map title at the bottom of this page.
- Free maps can be downloaded directly by tapping 'Free' and then 'Install Now'.
- Maps available for purchase can be downloaded through an in-app purchase using your Apple iTunes account. Tap the price, and then 'Buy Now' (you may be prompted for your iTunes account password).
- Your device must be connected to the internet (wi-fi or cell signal) to download maps.
Follow these 5 easy steps to get trail maps on your device:
- Download and install the free PDF Maps app from the Google Play Store.
- Click here to go to the Google Play Store directly or search for "Avenza PDF Maps" in the Google Play Store on your mobile device.
- PDF Maps requires Android version 4.0 or later.
- Once installed, navigate to the Map Store and search for "nynjtc" to find our selection of both free maps and maps available for purchase (the Search function appears after tapping the Magnifying Glass labeled 'Find Maps Around Me'; clear the coordinates in the search field and enter 'nynjtc'; note that this currently only brings up 40 maps due to app limitations, so a direct search of a park name or map name is best).
- You can also click on any linked map title at the bottom of this page.
- Free maps can be downloaded directly by tapping 'Install'.
- Maps available for purchase can be downloaded through an in-app purchase using your Google Play account. Tap the price, and then 'Buy Now' (you may be prompted for your Google Play account password).
- Your device must be connected to the internet (wi-fi or cell signal) to download maps.
The PDF Maps app includes a number of interactive features that allow you to use our Trail Conference trail maps like never before. Each map is a geospatial PDF, or a PDF that contains geospatial information such as real world location. This geospatial information makes it possible to locate specific points and measure distances right on the map. Here are some of the major features of the app (note that some features require a GPS-enabled device and/or an internet connection):
- Use simple multi-touch gestures to pan around maps, zoom in/out, add waypoints and more.
- Use your device's built-in GPS (iPhone, certain iPad models, and many Android devices) to see your real-time location on the map.
Add waypoints at your current location and even import or export waypoints.
- Track your movements in real time, check speed and elevation statistics, and even export and import tracks as KML files.
- Find locations by entering coordinates in a variety of popular coordinate systems.
- Attach photos to a waypoint.
Measure distances and areas easily and accurately.
- Navigate with a built-in compass that orients the map based on direction.
- Access thousands of maps, including USGS topo maps and a growing catalog of Trail Conference maps, directly within the app using the Map Store.
- Use your maps off-line in areas without any mobile coverage, since the maps download to your device's memory.
View the current map area in the Maps app (streets and satellite imagery) on your device.
- Search for points of interest on a map, based on search engine results.
Enlarge maps using high-resolution mobile device displays.
- Carry all your maps on one small device.
Out on the trails, there are many ways you can use the PDF Maps app to enhance your experience. One hiker noted that he found these maps "to be a fun addition to my hiking arsenal, and one that adds no extra weight, for once!" (read his in-depth review of these maps by clicking here). Many have told us how they referred to the maps to get them back on course after missing a turn. Here are just a few examples of how to use this app:
- Plan your route with the 'Measure' tool to make sure you know how long your route will be.
- Use the 'Compass' tool to orient the map in the right direction so that you can safely proceed on your intended route.
- Track your trip using the new 'Record GPS Tracks' tool. At the end of your trip, you can view information about speed, distance, and elevation, and you can even export your track as a KML file to view in a different program or share with friends.
- View satellite imagery of your location by using the 'Open in Maps' tool (internet connection required). This brings up the Google Maps imagery found in the Maps app, and this additional imagery may help you navigate to a certain feature.
- If you aren't quite sure where a parking area is located, use the map with GPS to guide you to the parking area (Caution: do not use the app while driving! Have a passenger help navigate, or pull off the road to consult the map). When you arrive at the parking, the GPS location symbol should match up with the parking symbol on the map.
- If you know the coordinates of a feature you want to find, you can enter the coordinates as a Placemark and see the location on the map.
- You can view the coordinates of your current position, which can be helpful information to provide to someone that may be looking for you (especially search-and-rescue efforts).
- Use the 'Find Places' tool to locate nearby points of interest right on the map (internet connection required). This acts like a Google search right on the map. Find a nearby campground or hotel accommodations, or find a great nearby restaurant after a long day's hike.
- You can use the 'Add Placemarks' tool to record locations of features along your route. You can record a Placemark at a regular interval to keep track of the exact route you have taken. You can also record a Placemark at features such as a fantastic viewpoint or a waterfall so that, perhaps on a future trip, you can see where those features are located on the map.
- You can also add photos to a Placemark so that you might later recall where a particular photo was taken.
- If you use Google Earth or other mapping program on your computer, you can import KML files and export KML/GPX files that include Placemarks. This allows you to import Placemarks to place on the map, or export Placemarks you recorded on your trip. The Export function makes sharing of Placemarks easy to accomplish (internet connection required).
- If you are out on the trail and notice a Trail Problem that the Trail Conference should be aware of, or even a problem with the map itself that should be corrected, record a Placemark and even take a picture and send the information along to us with a report of the problem. This can be especially helpful for fallen trees so that our volunteer chainsawyers know the location and approximate size of any trees that need to be cleared.
- If you discover other useful ways to use these maps out on the trail, please let us know by leaving a comment at the bottom of this page!
- I'm a TC member. Do I get a discount on the digital maps like I do on our print maps?
- No, we currently do not offer discounts to members on these digital maps.
- I already bought the published print maps. Do I get a digital copy for free or at a discount?
- No, we currently do not offer discounts for combining print and digital maps. These digital maps, while containing the same trails as the print maps, provide an entirely new and enhanced functionality. Unlike the print maps, these digital maps take full advantage of tying in with GPS-enabled devices, allow distances to be measured and coordinates and locations to be pinpointed, provide an opportunity to view satellite imagery of an area, use a built-in compass to orient the map, and they can also be enlarged on high-resolution mobile device displays to scales much better than the print map.
- Is the map an actual PDF that I can view on my computer like any other PDF?
- No, the digital map is not a PDF that can be viewed on your computer. The digital map is designed to work solely within the PDF Maps app.
- Can I print out a copy of this digital map?
- No, the app does not allow you to print the digital map. The digital map is designed to work solely within the PDF Maps app.
- Do I need a GPS-enabled mobile device to use this app?
- No, you do not need a GPS-enabled mobile device to use this app (currently, both the iPod Touch and iPad Wi-Fi-only model do not have GPS; check your Android device for GPS capabilities). However, you are not able to access much of the functionality of the app, including pinpointing your location or recording Placemarks at places you have been. You are still able to view maps, measure distances, and find coordinates, but overall, the app is designed to work best with GPS-enabled devices.
- Do I need an internet connection (Wi-Fi or cellular connection) to use this app?
- Yes and no. An internet connection is required to download the app and download maps from the Map Store. Once a map is downloaded, however, it is stored on the device. Therefore, the map and much of the functionality of the app is available without an internet connection (including using GPS, recording Tracks, recording Placemarks, measuring distances, and finding coordinates). Certain tools do require an internet connection (using Google Maps satellite imagery, using search engine functions, and exporting Tracks and Placemarks), so be aware that these functions are not available without a connection.
- Will you be offering all of your print maps as digital maps?
- Yes, we intend to continue publishing our maps through this digital format in addition to print.
- Should I still have a printed map with me?
- Yes! These digital maps are not a replacement for printed maps that every trail user should have on hand. Batteries can die, software can have issues, and weather can become problematic, so we certainly suggest you carry printed maps just in case.
- Should I be worried about the battery of my device while using this app?
- The battery life of your device depends on a number of factors, such as the amount of time it is actively doing something, the screen brightness, how many apps are active, etc. For longer trips, or for trips where you have the app constantly open, you should monitor your battery life to make sure it is not depleted before the end of your trip. You can also enhance the battery life by doing things like adjusting to a lower screen brightness, closing other background apps, and turning off extraneous things like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, notifications and e-mail syncing.
- Are you planning to provide maps in other digital formats (for instance, as PDFs that can be viewed and printed on a computer or as maps useable on dedicated GPS receivers)?
- At the moment, we feel the PDF Maps app provides us with the best opportunity to provide our high-quality maps in an enhanced digital format. We have spent several years investigating how to provide maps electronically, and we will continue to explore any future possibilities.
- Is the Trail Conference going to have their own App sometime in the future?
- We have not fully explored the creation of a Trail Conference App, but cannot say whether we may pursue such an App in the future.
- When will this App be available on other non-iOS (Apple) platforms?
- Avenza released an Android version in 2013 and updated it in 2014 to include additional features like tracking and geotagging! Versions for other operating systems may follow depending on the resources of the developer.
- Can I use my own maps in this App?
- Yes, you can import your own geospatial PDF or geoTIFF maps for use in this app. Visit Avenza's support site for more details.
- Who should I contact if I have issues with this App?
- You can direct any inquires about App issues to Avenza (www.pdf-maps.com/support). See below for specific support links.
- Avenza PDF Maps Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Avenza provides a comprehensive FAQ section about the app and its functionality, so visit this site first for more information.
- Avenza PDF Maps Support Forum - Get answers to your questions from other users and Avenza forum administrators.
- PDF Maps YouTube Video Overview - This video goes through many of the functions included in the PDF Maps app.
- Check out some great reviews and other recent articles about the PDF Maps app from Avenza:
- Comprehensive Local Hiker Review - Field Test: NY-NJ Trail Conference Digital Maps in Harriman State Park (June 2012)
- Reuters - Avenza Receives 'Geospatial World Innovation Award' for Mobile Mapping (4/25/2012)
- San Francisco Chronicle - Avenza PDF Maps is the answer on the trail (3/4/2012)
- Business Review Canada - Top Mobile Productivity Apps for the Overwhelmed (4/12/2012)
- GISuser.com - Avenza's Successful PDF Maps App Surpasses 100 Vendors in its Burgeoning Digital Map Store (2/14/2012)
- Yahoo! - Avenza's Popular PDF Maps App Introduces Waypoint Importing (1/10/2012)
- Yahoo! - Have Map Will Travel: Avenza's PDF Maps App Launches on iOS (10/25/2011)
- The American Surveyor - Avenza PDF Maps Wins IMTA's 'Best Use of New Technology & New Media' Award (10/3/2011)
The Trail Conference has added more than 60 great maps to the PDF Maps map store, with more on the way all the time. The selection includes both free maps as well as maps available for purchase. Member discounts are not available on Trail Conference maps sold through the Avenza PDF Maps map store. Also note that the maps are available both individually, as well as in map bundles similar to our print map sets.
The following map titles are available in the PDF Maps map store. Click the Map Title link for more information and to download a map.
|Map Title||Map Numbers||Map Thumbnail|
|101, 102 & 103|
|104, 105 & 106|
|108, 109, 110, 111 & 112|
|113 & 114|
|115 & 116|
|118 & 119|
|120, 121, 122 & 123|
|125, 126, 127 & 128|
|Catskill Single Map
(Expanded Coverage Area)
|140, 141, 142, 143, 144 & 147
(plus expanded area for general reference)
|Map Title||Map Number||Parks||Map Thumbnail|
|100||Sterling Forest State Park, Appalachian Trail, Tranquility Ridge County Park, Highlands Trail|
|East Hudson (South) - 2014||101||Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, Hudson Highlands Gateway Park, Manitoga, Manitou Point Preserve, Appalachian Trail|
|East Hudson (North) - 2014||102||Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, Fishkill Ridge Conservation Area, Mount Beacon Park|
|East Hudson (Fahnestock) - 2014||103||Fahnestock State Park, Appalachian Trail|
|Shawangunk (South) - 2013||104||Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sam's Point Preserve, Long Path|
|Shawangunk (North) - 2013||105||Mohonk Preserve, Mohonk Mountain House, Minnewaska State Park Preserve|
|Shawangunk (Mohonk Mountain House) - 2013||106||Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Preserve|
|South Taconic - 2015||107||Taconic State Park, Mount Washington State Forest (Mass.), 34 Miles of the Appalachian Trail in Conn. & Mass.|
|Hudson Palisades (#1) - 2014||108||Palisades Interstate Park, Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, Tenafly Nature Center, Lost Brook Preserve, Long Path|
|Hudson Palisades (#2) - 2014||109||Palisades Interstate Park, Tallman Mountain State Park, Blauvelt State Park, Clausland Mountain County Park, Buttermilk Falls County Park, Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary, Lamont Reserve, Long Path|
|Hudson Palisades (#3) - 2014||110||Hook Mountain State Park, Nyack Beach State Park, Long Path|
|Hudson Palisades (#4) - 2014||111||Rockland Lake State Park, Hook Mountain State Park, Haverstraw Beach State Park, Long Path|
|Hudson Palisades (#5) - 2014||112||High Tor State Park, South Mountain County Park, Gurnee County Park, Long Path|
|West Hudson (East) - 2015||113||Storm King State Park, Black Rock Forest, Highlands Trail|
|West Hudson (West) - 2015||114||Schunemunk Mountain State Park, Long Path, Highlands Trail|
|North Jersey (East) - 2014||115||Campgaw Mountain Reservation, Long Pond Ironworks State Park, Norvin Green State Forest, Ramapo Mountain State Forest, Ramapo Valley Reservation, Ringwood State Park, Highlands Trail|
|North Jersey (West) - 2014||116||Abram S. Hewitt State Forest, Pequannock Watershed, Wawayanda State Park, Appalachian Trail, Highlands Trail|
|Harriman-Bear Mountain (South) - 2015||118||Southern Harriman State Park, Long Path|
|Harriman-Bear Mountain (North) - 2015||119||Northern Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain State Park, Appalachian Trail, Long Path|
|Kittatinny (South 1)||120||Southern Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Worthington State Forest, Appalachian Trail|
|Kittatinny (South 2)||121||Southern Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Appalachian Trail|
|Kittatinny (North 1)||122||Northern Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Stokes State Forest, Appalachian Trail|
|Kittatinny (North 2)||123||Northern Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, High Point State Park, Huckleberry Ridge State Forest, Appalachian Trail|
|Jersey Highlands (East)||125||Pyramid Mountain, Farny State Park, Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Pequannock Watershed, Highlands Trail|
|Jersey Highlands (West)||126||Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, Mount Hope Historical Park, Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area, Highlands Trail|
|Jersey Highlands (Allamuchy/Stephens)||127||Allamuchy Mountain State Park, Stephens State Park, Highlands Trail, Morris Canal Greenway|
|Jersey Highlands (High Mountain)||128||High Mountain Park Preserve|
|Catskill (North Lake) - 2016||140||North/South Lake Campground, Escarpment Trail, Kaaterskill Falls, Long Path, North Mountain|
|Catskill (Northeastern) - 2016||141||Blackhead Range, Hunter Mountain, Devil's Path, Escarpment Trail, Tremper Mountain, Overlook Mountain, Kaaterskill Falls, North/South Lake Area, Long Path|
|Catskill (Central) - 2016||142||Panther Mountain, Balsam Mountain, Belleayre Mountain, Dry Brook Ridge, Balsam Lake Mountain, Halcott Mountain, Bearpen Mountain, Long Path|
|Catskill (Southern) - 2016||143||Slide Mountain, Burroughs Range, Peekamoose Mountain, Beaver Kill Range, Vernooy Falls, Long Path, Finger Lakes Trail|
|Catskill (Western) - 2016||144||Delaware Wild Forest, Trout Pond, Little Pond, Mongaup Pond, Frick Pond, Finger Lakes Trail|
|Catskill (Long Path North) - 2016||147||Huntersfield Mountain, Ashland Pinnacle, Richmond Mountain, Mount Pisgah, Mount Hayden, Long Path|
|Catskill Hikes - Kaaterskill Falls & North/South Lake, NY||---||North/South Lake Campground, Kaaterskill Falls, Kaaterskill Rail Trail|
...We are continually adding maps, so be sure to check back often for new additions!
Remember: Batteries die. Our printed maps are light-weight backups AND they are printed on waterproof, tear-resistant Tyvek, so be sure to visit our online store for all your print map needs!