My Trails-High Quality Trail and POI Maps Map
Created By: jbensman
Last Updated: July 3rd, 2014 8:07pm
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The installer map is updated on a regular basis. The installer will uninstall the older version and replace it with the new one. I am constantly adding to and updating the map. There is a change log at the end.
I have set up a listserve that I will send a message when I update one of my maps and a description of the changes. To subscribe email@example.com No one can post on it but me.
For the Windows installer, just run it. That is all you need to do to get the map into MapSource and BaseCamp. If you already have an older version of My Trails, the installer will first remove it. This is how to instal the maps on your GPS: http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tutorials/how-to-load-maps-on-my-garmin-gps-unit/ Note: MapSource/BaseCamp uses a cache for its maps. Sometimes when you update the maps, the old maps still show in MapSource. If that happens, ctrl G 2 times will clear the cache and redraw the map. If when trying to load the maps you ever get an error message about not having enough space and you have more than enough, email me-it means I forgot to do something before creating the installer.
The maps now cover 37 states including all of the Eastern US.
These are transparent trails and points maps. They are meant to show things City Navigator does not have. These maps will show on top of whatever map you have loaded on your GPS (but you can only display one map at a time in MapSource/Basecamp). While they are optimized for use with City Navigator, they will work with any of the other maps on this site. There are very detailed maps for IL, MO, IN, CA, CO, OH, PA, DC, NM, AR, KY, Iowa, MN, GA, MD, FL, TN, WV, MI, DE, HI, ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RH, NC, SC, LA, MS, AL, WI, NY, NY, KS, ND, SD, and VA. There are many places in these states that there is no coverage for. But they represent the best data I have been able to find on the Internet, from agencies, or other users. There is also some minor coverage in TX and OK and complete coverage in Yellowstone/Grand Teton NPs.
The maps also have parking, restrooms, water, campgrounds, showers, scenic areas, boat ramps, buildings, picnic, etc. For some states like FL, there are extensive water Navigation Aides (daybeacons etc). There are also tens of thousands of trails obtained from numerous sources. There are also lots of unpaved roads (particularly in the National Forests). Many of the roads City Navigator does not have in parks are also inncluded in the map. Many of the maps have boundaries of things like Wilderness, Recreation Areas, etc.
Here are some screen shots (the maps also have CityNavigator, MY Topos, My POIs, and Eastern Land Ownersip displaying):
If you have any additions/corrections to these maps, email them to me. The more people send additions to the maps, the better they will be. While I enjoy maps I am amazed at the thousands of downloads and how only a hadfull have contributed to the effort. If you know of sources for trails that are not included send me an email. The more people contribute to the project, the better the maps will be. Feel free to also trace stuff and mark waypoints in GoogleEarth and send me a file to add to My Trails. Also feel free to trace trails from 24K USGS maps or orther sources and send them to me. To get my email, take my user name at the top of this page and add firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE on NPS data. Some of thier data is extremely accurate and other leaves a lot to be desired. Some of the NPS POIs is extremly accurate. About 1/3 of the POI data's source is the maps they give you when you enter the park. So it can be significantly off. If you run accross bad locations, send me the correct cords and I will change it. Some of them I have corrected with GoogleEarth. Some of the trail data is extremly accurate. The source data for a few parks is the map they give you when you enter the park. So it can be way off. But it will be in the general location and you can send me a track with the correct location. Some of the NPS trails I have tried to correct in GoogleEarth.
I started My Trails in 2006. It started out as just the ST Louis Area. Then I expanded to IL/MO. Then I started adding states I go to. Then I just started adding states.
While I have GPSed a vast amount of this stuff, I want to thank all of those who have gave me data. There have been way to many to name. While I have lots of problems with the Forest Service, they normally bend over backwards to provide data (and some National Forests use my maps). The USWFS has excelent data that I have used. While I have had my run ins with the ACOE, they have provided me all the trail data they have whenever I ask for it. I have also obtained dta from the BLM. Many state agencies have provided me data via a request or having it posted on thier website. Many counties and local goverments have also provided me data. I have also found data on various websites that I have added. I want to specifically thank RTC for all the data I (and others have helped me) download from thier website-it is some of the best data out there. Many people have GPSed trails and sent them to me. The National Park Service "NPS" has been a mixed bag. They have lots of data on the Internet-some of it is of poor quality and other is extremely high. However, while every other federal, state, and local agency have been happy to help citizens better enjoy thier public lands, the same cannot be said for the NPS. For months they ignored my repeated requests for some trail data they had that was not posted on the Internet. Then I tried obtaining the data using the Freedom of Information Act which requires them to provide the data. The NPS expressed outright defiance for federal law and said I would have to pay them over $1,000 for the data (no one has ever charged me for data before). To defy Federal law, they claimed my pointing to this site and the thousands of downloads did not prove people use my maps or that I made them!. So a friend of mine has filed a pro bono lawsuit aginst the NPS asking the judge to order the NPS to comply with federal law and give me the files for free.
These maps are copyrighted by me (and some of the data I have been provided also carries a copyright). A large amount of this data has been provided me with the restriction of non commerical use. For example, the RTC gpx files come with this restriction, "You may freely search, view, download and print the documents and information contained on this site for personal and non-commercial purposes only which is provided 'as is' without any warranty of any kind." Therefore, without my specific written permision (which assures copyright and non commerical use protection) these files cannot be modified or used for anything otjher than loading these maps onto a Garmin GPS or on your computer in MapSource, BaseCamp and whatever the Garmin MAC program is called.
Lots of the data I obtained also carried disclaimers like this from the Forest Service:
Data Distribution Liability Statement
This product is reproduced from geospatial information prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. GIS data and product accuracy may vary. They may be: developed from sources of differing accuracy, accurate only at certain scales, based on modeling or interpretation, incomplete while being created or revised, etc. Using GIS products for purposes other than those for which they were created, may yield inaccurate or misleading results. This information was released on Date:09022010. The Forest Service reserves the right to correct, update, modify, or replace, GIS products without notification.
So everyone should be aware this data is not perfect and could be wrong.
I have also included some Liability Statements in the change log.
Note on WY: The WY map only contains Grand Teton and Yellowstone NPsand surrounding NFs. For the rest of WY, use NW Trails. I have lots of stuff (like the buildings) that NW Trails does not normally include. I've spent a couple of summers in the Tetons and it is my favoriate place in the world. So I wanted a really good map for it.
Note on using the maps. This map is transparent. In MapSource and BaseCamp you have to zoom in to 7 miles with detail set to highest before you can see the map in MapSource and BaseCamp.
Donations are also appriciated. I have spent thousands of hours working on this map.
Before you contact me with an issue, make sure you read everything here. Most of the people who email don't bother to read the information on this page before emailing me about something answered above. If you have general questions about using the maps there is a forum to ask questions on.
Copyright 2014 Jim Bensman
By downloading you are agreeing to the copyright, data restrictions, and liability waivers explained above and in the change log
I get very few donations ($35 so far this year), but I enjoy doing this. However, I just spent $62 to upgrade GPSMapedit to make it easier to handle conflicting data and some other nice features like viewing GoogleEarth/Bing Maps directly in the program that will improve My Trails. I’ve made at least 100 edits with the new features already. So I would appreciate some donations to cover the $62.
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July 3, 2014: IL/MO: New end of the MetroLink Trail. GPSed the new Zombie Trail. Hundreds of edits with the new software showing GE in the program. GPSed the Richland Creek Connection extension. GPSed the new work on the River Des Peres Greenway and the Carondelet Connector. IN: Many edits. KY: Some minor edits at LBL. PA: Thanks to Terry Simmonds for some tracks. I also did some editing with the new software. MI: Thanks to Andrew Hermiz for pointing out I had the projection wrong for the Sleeping Bear NL trails (which I fixed) and I also found buildings on the NPS website and added them. I also discovered Isle Royale was messed up with wrong projection. I went back to NPS data and it indicated it was some ancient projection which I could not convert. I used OSM trail data and did a good guess where the POIs were based on the trails and Bing Aerial Photos. Also did lots of more corrections with the new features of GPSMAPedit. MN: Thanks to Tom & Cindy Miller for some tracks. Also did lots of work with the new features of the program.
May 22, 2014: IL/MO: Babler State Park, reGPSed some stuff and did many edits and clean ups. Numerous edits, corrections, and additions throughout IL/MO from using the aerial photo feature of GPSMapedit. Thanks to Jason Collier for GPSing the new McKelvey Woods Trail. GPSed some new MB Trails at SIUE. Thanks to Mark Twain NF for their new trail data. A fair amount of data was updated. IN: Removed park boundaries-they are in Eastern Landownership and were cluttering the map. KY: Thanks to LBL for new trail data. I updated the ATV/Hike/Bike trails with much better data. I still have old horse trail data. I also did some other edits and clean ups. NH: Thanks to Mike Young for hundreds of miles of trails and many waypoints. MN: Thanks to Timothy Stephen for a new bike path
May 7, 2014: IN: MAJOR UPDATE: IN’s Website had a new shapefile for trails. I added thousands of trails and there were hundreds of updates with better data. Took about 40 hours to do the update. There are some issues with a few trail names (mostly in cities) that have beginning and end instead of trail name. If any wants, you can send me waypoints with correct names. Il/MO: Removed Trail of Tears Trail, its roads, not a trail); some minor updates. NH: Thanks to Mohamed Ellozy for some new data.
April 30, 2014: IL/MO: Thanks to Jeremy Vaughn of Shawnee National Forest for their most recent trail data. Lots of major improvements over the existing data. GPSed the Matson Hill/Oxen Mill Trails. GPSed a couple of new trails in the Dardeene Greenway and got some more from GoogleEarth. Added Schon Park. NH: Thanks to Mike Burger for the Dublin Trail. VA: Got some data from here: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/42371 NY: Thanks to Alan Herdzik for some of the North Country National Scenic Trail. CO: Thanks to Romano Giannetti for a track in North Table MT-I also traced some stuff there in GoogleEarth.
March 25, 2014: Minor edits, new computer-making sure everything works right.
March 4, 2014: IL: Several minor changes. GPSed the White Bison Trail; Added some trails to SIUE Nature Preserve, worked on McCully Heritage Project. MO: Some flood reroute edits to Columbia Bottoms; Thanks to Bob Carr for a new trail and some corrections in Matson Hill. IN: Some work along the Walbash. NC: Thanks to Terry Simmonds for some trails in the Montreat Wilderness. CO: Thanks to Anthony Parfenov for some trails near COS. CA: Thanks to Allan Runkle for lots of trails and POIs. Thanks to Art Clark for the Pioneer Extension and a trail near it. NY: Thanks to Alan Herdzik for some trails near Orchard Park. Other: Got some data from www.poi-factory.com/user/103387
December 17, 2013: CO: Added BLM Data around Grand Junction. NC: Lots of data for the Linville Gorge Wilderness www.linvillegorge.net/mapindex.php IL: Lots of edits in Southern IL; GPSed the White Rocks Nature Preserve. NJ: Thanks to Ed Campbell for some tracks in Wharton State Forest in NJ. MO: Thanks to Justin Blackwell for some data around the Current River. Some minor edits. Added some trails in Creve Cour CP. AR: Added some trails in Fayetteville traced in GE.
October 22, 2013: IL/MO: Lots of stuff at Chicago Botanical Gardens via GE; GPSed new trails at Arlington Wetlands; lots of new stuff at 370 Lakeside Park; GPSed new section of the Lost Valley Trail; some work around the Meramec Greenway. I GPSed and extension of the River Des Peres Trail. Many minor edits. FL: Thanks to Ike Eisenstadt for some trails and POIs. CT: Thanks to Alberto Dieguez for another section of the Mattabesett. NH: Thanks to Peggy Madden for a summit correction and the Carter-Moriah Trail and Kinsman Ridge trail. Thanks to Mohamed Ellozy for several trails on Oak Hill. CO: Thanks to Jeff Cook for the Kruger Rock Trail.
August 20, 2013: IL/MO: GPSed new nature trail at 2 Rivers NWR; GPSed the final section of the Bootlegger's Run Trail. CO: Many edits from my trip. Thanks to Jeff Cook for some trails and POIs in Pawnee National Grasslands. Thanks to Mark Severin for some trails. MA: Thanks to Alberto Dieguez for another section of the Mattabesett. WV: Thanks to Dave Morgan for the Beckley Rail Trail. NY: Thanks to Dave Morgan for the Camp Zerbe Trails. KS: Added Atomic Canon and trail; lots of stuff Konza Prairie. NH: Thanks to Mark Duckworth for 3 trails in Pack Monadnock Mountain. PA: Thanks to Dave Morgan for a couple of trails. IN: Thanks to Timothy Stephen for some data.
July 19, 2013: IL/MO: GPSed the new Centennial Greenway and additions to the Chesterfield Levee and Nickel Plate Trails. Lots of other edits and additions including around Proffitt MT. CO: lots of edits (getting ready for vacation!). NH/RI: Thanks to Mark Duckworth for Horse Hill Nature Preserve in NH a big loop trail in RI, called Vin Gormley Trail. NC: Thanks to Dave Morgan for several trails. NC: Thanks to Dave Morgan for Dupont State Forest Trails and Jones Creek Trails. NY: Thanks to Mark Duckworth for the Pharaoh Mountain Trail.
May 14, 2013: IL/MO: I gpsed the new Bluffview Trail and some at Arlington Wetlands. Thanks to Jason Collier for a trail at Creve Coeur Park, some at Sposs Memorial Park. Thanks to Josh Mitchell for trails in AR, CO, OH, MO, and KS.
April 16, 2013: IL/MO: Thanks to Jason Collier for the White Rock Nature Preserve and a trail in Queeny & Trueman Parks. Several minor edits. VA: Thanks to Bryson Hicks for several trails and POIs in Cub Run Park. Thanks to Taylor Foust for the Rock Castle Gorge Trail.
March 11, 2013: IL/MO: Thanks to Tim Robnett for a new section of the Bangert Island Trail, tracks for Matthiessen State Park, and new tracks and corrections for Starved Rock State Park. Several minor edits. IN: Thanks to Mike Cope for a trail in Vandolah Nature Preserve. Thanks to Mike Fromholt for several times in NE Indiana. FL: Thanks to Fredrik Coulter for Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge Volusia Tract. SC: Some trails for Congaree NP. CA: Thanks to John Gord for a trail in Topanga State Park.
January 29, 2013: NY: Finally finished all the new trails from DEC’s website. MD: Thanks to Fredrik Coulter for Big Gunpowder Trail. NC: Thanks to Dave Morgan for several trails. IL/MO: Some work on Rend and Shelbyville Lakes. Several minor edits. FL: Thanks to Fredrik Coulter for Gator Creek Reserve, Sabal Point edits, Malabar Scrub Sanctuary, Boundary Canal Trail, and Mud Spring Trail.
December 23, 2012: NY: Still working on the new trails from DEC’s website. Still many to go. FL: Thanks to Fredrik Coulter for correct locations to Panasoffkee outlet project hiking trails, Lower Wekiva River Preserve, Pine Island Conservation Area, Tenoroc Fish Management Area, and Lake Beresford Park SD: Thanks to KidDylan for tracks in Newton Hills State Park. IL/MO: Lots of work around SIUE including 3 new trails (one still under construction but about done). I found lots of new trail data for Springfield MO on MO’s GIS website.
November 9, 2012: IL/MO: I GPSed the MetroLink Trail extension and the Waynegate Nature Trail. Minor edits. Thanks to Walter Blume for a trail to Lee’s Bluff. IN: Thanks to Mike Fromholt for Anotehr ACRES preserve, Trails in Salamonie State Forest (3 Falls Trail), Trails at Fox Island County Park, Trails at Bicentenial Woods Nature Preserve Trails in Eagle Marsh Preserve, Winghave NP, and a trail in the McNab-Walter Nature Preserve. FL: Thanks to Fredrik Coulter for Boyd Hill, Historic Phillippi Estate Park and the International Speedway trail. Lots of new data from http://www.floridatrail.org/html/gps_data.cfm for the Florida Trail. Added Campsites, Water Sources, and Parking. Also some updates to the trail. CT: Alberto Dieguez thanks for another section of the Mattabesett Trail. WI: Thanks to Michael Young for about many State Park trails and POIs. VA: Thanks to Tom Littlejohn for trails in Shenandoah National Park. Made some corrections on the High Bridge Trail. NY: Thanks to Stephen Culhane for pointing out the DEC’s websites has numerous trails I do not have and doing a conversion for me. I still have a long way to go-over 2,500 tracks to still go through. So there will be lots more changes in future revisions.
October 4, 2012: IL/MO: Thanks to Kyle Pacatte for a big section of the River to River Trail and some trails in Kaskaskia and Coffee Lake. I GPSed the Al Foster trail extension, new trails in Piasa Harbor, the Wayne Good Trail, and the Mississippi River Greenway. Several minor edits. Dakotas: Thanks to Kid Dylan for some tracks. Some minor edits. Thanks to Paul McCarty for numerous trails. WI: Thanks to Andy Schwartz for getting the correct location of part of the Great River Trail. VA: Thanks to Vytas Kavolius for more of the High Bridge Trail. I also traced some more of the trail. FL: Thanks to Fredrik Coulter for a trail reroute, the DeLand Greenway and the correct location of the Perry Oldenburg Mitigation Trail. CA: Thanks to Brian Hamilton for several trails. NY: Thanks to Stephen Culhane for a few tracks.
August 24, 2012: Dakotas: Added North and South Dakota (look for more in the future) I downloaded trails and recreation POIs for the Black Hills National Forest, Badlands NP trails and some other data included. A few thinks traced in GE. Thanks to Paul McCarty for several trails. Added USFWS Trail and parking data. I was pointed to this site: http://northcountrytrail.org/trail/data/ It has the North Country Trail and many nearby trails. I have added their trail data for ND, OH, WI, MI, MN, and NY. There are hundreds of miles of new trails. I have also replaced some data that was not as good as this data. IL/MO: Some minor edits. NY: Thanks to Thomas Leahy for some trails in Wolfe Park. OH: Alex Hamling for the Miami Fort Trail.
July 21, 2012: CO: Added numerous trails around Aspen from their GIS website. Thanks to Andrew Schwartz for pointing me to these trails. NM: Worked with Mark Hinch on getting Philmont much better. GA: Thanks to Terry Simmonds for the West Rim Trail at Cloudlands Canyon State Park IL/MO: Thanks to Kyle Pacatte for the 10 Mile Trail in Pyramid State Park; Alex Hamling for a trail in Peoria, A few more minor edits. CA: Thanks to Paul Reeves for the Mount Gower Preserve near Ramona, CT: Thanks to Alberto Dieguez for another section of the Mattabesett Trail.
May 31, 2012: IL/MO: Thanks to Dan Baldenweck for some reroutes of the Berryman/Ozark Trails. I GPSed some reroutes at Cliff Cave. Several other minor edits. FL: Thanks to Chuck Brown for Ulumay Sanctuary, Jefferson Preserve, Shingle Creek Preserve, Wiregrass Preserve, Morris Bridge Off Road Cycling Area, Jefferson Equestrian Area Longleaf Pine Preserve. Ike Eisenstadt: Lake Jessup Wilderness Area. NH: Michael Young, thanks for 60 miles of trails. CA: Thanks to Jack Glendening for trails in the Big Sur Ventana/SilverPeak Wilderness area. NC & VA: Thanks to Dave Morgan for some trails. NC: Thanks to Tim VanderKoy for Dupont Forest near Brevard. NM: Been working with Mark Hinch on Philmont-check back-work in progress.
April 3, 2012: IL/MO: Many changes and edits in the STL area. NC: Dave Morgan thanks for trails in the North Carolina Botanical Garden. FL: Chuck Brown, thanks for many more trails and POIs. MS: Sipsey Wilderness: some waypoints from http://www.gpstreks.com/Sipsey.htm and thanks to Paul McCarty for a couple trails.
February 26, 2012: IL/MO I GPSed most of a trail system on Principia College land West of Elsah-really nice. There is still more to GPS. Thanks to Tom Wolpert for a reroute of the Green Rock Trail and a new connecter trail in Greensfielder. Thanks to Shawnee National Forest for Horse related POIs, Highlines, crossings, and horse camps. Many other minor edits. FL: A special thanks to Chuck Brown who contributed about 600 trails and many POIs. Ike Eisenstadt Also contributed some trails. PA: Thanks to Mike Rubano for some trails. CA: Thanks to Todd Cottengim for some trails in Swasey Recreation Area. KY: Several minor edits. I GPSed some stuff and got some from GoogleEarth. IN: Some minor edits from GoogleEarth.
January 4, 2012: IL/MO: Thanks to MDC for providing me all their trail data for State Parks. The quality varies. Some is better than what I already had. Some of my existing data was better, but for most parks I did not have any data. At the end is MDC’s disclaimer. I also found GPS data for the entire Ozark Trail on the Ozark Trail Society’s website. Thanks OTS, it is really good data. I replaced all my Ozark Trail data with their data (and some other trails they had GPSed). I also did a lot of work with GE on connections to other roads and trails. Lots of stuff around Jeff City. I traced lots of stuff in GE and found Jeff City's GIS website. They had some good trail data on it-so thanks Jeff City. I GPSed a new trail in Creve Cour County Park (I think the day after it was built.) Springfield IL: Lots of work with GoogleEarth including a couple of new bike trails. Numerous minor edits. KY: Lots of work with GE around Louisville. IN: Lots of work with GE around Louisville and Evansville (and a little work in Indianapolis). OH: Lots of work in Columbus OH with GE. FL: Thanks to Ike Eisenstadt for GPSing a trail in Lowe Wekiva SP.
MDC Disclaimer: Use Constraints: Although all data in this data set have been compiled by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the department as to the accuracy of the data and related materials. This is not intended to be a survey product. Distribution Liability: Although all data in this data set have been compiled by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the department as to the accuracy of the data and related materials. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by the department in the use of these data or related materials. This is not intended to be a survey product.
December 8, 2011: IL/MO GoogleEarth has some new September 2011 imagery for the ST Louis area. I traced lots of stuff with it including some new bike trail extensions including the Monarch Chesterfield Levee Tail. I GPSed some trails at Cliff Cave County Pak and made some corrections. I GPSed some more places but don’t remember them all but I have added some stuff fo the Lakeside 370 Park. I have added the Boschert Greenway extension to the KATY Trail. Part of it they were still paving and it should be completed any day. So part of the extension is just the approximate location I drew on the map. NY: Thanks to Brady Riedel for trail data for the Jamestown Audubon Society. He indicates "These were mapped by a park employee, and I verified parts of them against my tracks from today. They line up well." AL: Thanks to Paul McCarty for some trails and POIs near Cheaha State Park. AL/GA: Added lots of Pinhoti Trail data from: http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=749421&page=1 AR: Got a bunch of data on this site: http://www.ericstrongphotography.com/index.htm for several trails. FL: Thanks to Ike Eisenstadt for GPSing a trail in De Leon Springs State Park. MS: Thanks to Sam Hardin for many roads and trails. TN: Thanks to Eli Caudill for some POI data and georefeenced map of Mammoth Cave NP. I also did extensive wok on the park from some recent imagery in Google Eath. CO: Thanks to Carl Hurst for some tails in CO National Monument. I also traced a bunch of stuff from some new imagery in GoogleEarth.
October 30, 2011: I have the problem with the mapset showing up 3 times on the enable screen on the GPS fixed. Thanks to eaparks for helping me figure out the problem. I also removed lots of duplicates in several maps. WI: I had the transparency set wrong which causes huge problems with the trails not showing up on the map. Its fixed now. Thanks to Mark Madsen for GPSing some trails. I also used GoogleEarth to add a few things. IL/MO: I got the missing new connector trail in Greensfielder. I also got a couple other new trails in the area. I added several places to Calvary Cemetery. Several other minor edits. CT: Thanks to Alberto Dieguez for more on the Mattabesett Trail. NC: Thanks to Arthur Binder for several trails. He stated, "Some of them I downloaded from the Carolina Hiking Club, for some I dowloaded maps and then traced them on Google Earth, and a few I recorded with my GPS." Thanks to David Creech for GPSing a trail. I also obtained some data from OSM-see notices below.
October 2, 2011: MO: Finally I have added some trails and several buildings from the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Normally I would thank the National Park Service for providing me the data. The NPS, however, defied the Freedom of Information Act and refused to spend less than an hour to give me the data. They claimed I was lying when I said I made the maps and people downloaded them from gpsfiledepot.com. They also refused to accept the fact that Congress can overrule their regulations. I filed an appeal and they simply refused to obey the law and provide me the data free of charge. So I must thank my pro bono (well the NPS will be paying him since we won) attorney Matt Kena and JAMES E. BOASBERG United States District Judge who ordered the NPS to provide me the data free of charge. Here is his ruling: https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2010cv1910-17 I also did some editing and adding a few things for the ONSR. Lalita Creighton thanks for the data for the Apple Creek CA; Walter Blume thanks for the reroute of the Eagle Valley Trail in Greenfeildser Park. I also noticed some other changes to the Eagle Valley Trail that I could see in GoogleEarth-so I traced it. There are some other minor reroutes I need to field check or someone can volunteer. Thanks to CDS231 for a new trail in Cliff Cave County Park. I added about 100 POIs for the Bellefontaine & Calvery Cemeteries (some really neat places and famous graves). Several other minor edits. IL: Several minor edits and added some unpaved roads for Shawnee National Forest. CN: Thanks to Alberto Dieguez for GPSing part of the Mattabesett Trail. NY: Thanks to Stephen Culhane for some trails and POIs he traced on a state map for Minnewaska State Park. IN, WV, and OH: Thanks to Mike Cope for GPSing a trail in IN and some points for some tunnels in WV, OH, and IN. Finally the NPS asked me to include this disclaimer:
"The National Park Service shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained herein. These data and related graphics (i.e. GIF or JPG format files) are not legal documents and are not intended to be used as such. The information contained in these data is dynamic and may change over time. The data are not better than the original sources from which they were derived. It is the responsibility of the data user to use the data appropriately and consistent within the limitations of geospatial data in general and these data in particular. The related graphics are intended to aid the data user in acquiring relevant data; it is not appropriate to use the related graphics as data. The National Park Service gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of these data. It is strongly recommended that these data are directly acquired from an NPS server and not indirectly through other sources which may have changed the data in some way. Although these data have been processed successfully on computer systems at the National Park Service, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the utility of the data on other systems for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty."
August 25, 2011: IL/MO: I GPSed the just opened MetroLink Extension in Belleville (and its connector trails). I GPSed the new section of the KATY Trail in ST Charles and some other trails and a new trailhead. I also did extensive work in Springfield MO tracing trails in GoogleEarth. www.ozarkgreenways.org has where the trails are and I used their site to figure out where the trails were and what they were called. Also thanks to Lori Tack who helped me figure some of the stuff out. There are also numerous other changes. MN: Thanks to Ben Hendricks & James Cantor for GPSing a bunch of trails and POIs in Quarry Park. KY: Minor edits DC: Added Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Several states: I added hundreds of ships from www.poi-factory.com/node/28936
August 8, 2011: IL: Numerous changes including lots of work around Carlye Lake identifying areas with GoogleEarth. WY: A huge upgrade-I expanded the area around Grand Teton and Yellowstone NPs. I added lots of Yellowstone NPS road data for unpaved roads, etc. I also added and corrected many things in and around the NPs with GoogleEarth-added lots of parking areas. Added parking and some roads to the National Elk Refuge. Thanks to Judy Warrick for sending me trails and recreation POIs for the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Some of the trails conflicted with NPS trail data. The NPS data was differential GPS so I went with the NPS data. Thanks to Brian Goldberg for sending me about 3,000 miles of trails and recreation POIS for Bridger-Teton National Forest. I also added quite a bit of the Confidential Divide. I started with a file from the NPS and traced more on USGS 24K maps.
July 22, 2011: IL/MO: Mark Madsen GPSed some more trails in the Chicago general area (mostly McHenry). He also provided some corrections and some POIs including a bike campground. I also added some more stuff from OSM (see notice in last update). I also added a bunch of stuff in the Chicago vicinity by tracing in GoogleEarth. I added a bunch of stuff to some nature preserves and did a lot of work on Moraine Hills State Park. There was also a couple of minor edits in the STL area. FL: Added a bunch of new stuff from http://www.outintheboonies.com/ I also added quite a bit of stuff by tracing it in GoogleEarth.
July 19, 2011: IL/MO: Thanks to Mark Madsen for corrections to the North Branch Trail. I've worked on several trails in the Chicago area by tracing in GoogleEarth. I found some general maps for some major trails and located them in GE. I've also been working on the Fox River Trail with GE trying to correct some errors and add missing parts. In the Chicago area, I have added hundreds of neighborhood trails that came from OpenStreetMap. "Map data (c) OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA". http://www.openstreetmap.org/ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ . Some of it was fine tuned in GE. Added the bike trail at Scot Air Force base. Numerous other changes. WI & IN: A couple of minor edits and added a few trails from OSM. NC: Added a couple of trails and POIs from Dave Morgan; added a couple of things that were incorrectly placed in TN. TN removed some stuff that belonged in NC.
July 5, 2011: IL/MO: Numerous Changes including the 370 Lakes park, the Centennial Trail connection to the KATY Trail, some edits in Forest Park, several changes in the Bloomington/Normal area. CA: Added about 100 trails and many POIs and made several corrections in the Ventana/SilverPeak Wilderness area from http://ventanahiking.net/ Thanks to Jack Glendening for the data which is copyrighted for non commercial use. He tells me he has GPSed most of it.
June 6, 2011: Numerous changes including Monarch Levee Trail CO: Thanks to Ryan Franz for over 100 new trails including some that just opened in the last couple of weeks NM: Added some trails from: www.sandiahiking.com and fixed a few double trails IN: Thanks to Mike Cope for some trails and POIs; State trails updated with 4/11 data; Some double trails dealt with; Some planned trails added by mistake were removed.
April 21, 2011: IL/MO: Many minor updates including many at Forest Park in STL. State Wild Areas of State of Missouri This data set depicts the boundaries of Wild Areas managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks. This data was derived by digitizing United States Geological Survey (USGS) Digital Orthophoto Quarter Quadrangles (DOQQ) . IN: Thanks to Mike Cope for a couple of trails and POIs and pointing out some trails that needed to be removed. FL: Added many trails and POIs from http://www.outintheboonies.com/ Made Bathrooms and Water searchable in IN, WV, WI, VA, KS, NY, MN
March 28, 2011: AL: Thanks to Ashley Peters of the Ala. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources for about 200 trails in Forever Wild Areas. Some of them where GPSed but not with a high sensitivity receiver-i.e., the quality of some is really bad. I’ve cleaned some up but some are not that good. MO: Thanks to Tom Wolpert for a track of part of Bufford Conservation Area. IL/MO: Several minor edits. TN: Thanks to Shannon Bradley for some trails and POIs in the Frozen Head area. PA: Thanks to Mike Rubano for some trails and POIs. Iowa: Some minor edits. Bathrooms and Water are now searchable for: AL, TN, Iowa, LA, MA, DC, MD, PA, DE, NJ and AL.
March 18, 2011: CO: Thanks to Ryan Franz for some more trails; also a few more edits. CA: Thanks to Ryan Franz for some trails. AR: Minor Edits IL/MO Many Minor edits FL some minor edits Bathrooms and Water are now searchable for AR, CA, and FL.
March 7, 2011: I have been working on getting more of the POIs to be searchable with the Where To/Find function on the GPS. Thanks to eaparks who has helped me figure out what I need to do and making some custom icons. The problem is while some POIs like parking can be searched with Where To (Auto Services-Parking) others like drinking water and bathrooms cannot. I have started with water and bathrooms and only have it fixed on IL/MO/CO. Bathrooms and water can be searched under geographic points-manmade. My next priority is getting picnic and boat ramps working. Once I get it all figured out, I will be making the changes to the rest of the maps. IL/MO: Thanks to Dan Baldenweck for some tracks on the Ozark Trail and the Big Piney Trail; Worked on Chouteau Island; Several other minor edits and changes. CO: Thanks to Ryan Franz for many trails in CO and many parking areas. Several trails were added and several were corrected; several other minor edits
February 28, 2011: NC: Thanks to the Forest Service’s Holly Hixson for converting their trail data so I could use it. I added aver 500 GPSed trails. The Forest Service told me, "Yes, most of our AT data has been GPS'd, although there have been several sections I understand that have been re-routed in recent years; we should have much of it captured." So I went with the Forest Service AT data instead of the data from the AT website. Holly also told me the hundreds of trail POI data that I found on their website may not be Forest Service data. Holly was not sure if the campsites were illegal sites and asked that you check the sites first. However, the POI data appears to be extremely accurate (other than bridges-I moved some to put them on the trails). Overall, the NF data appears to be some of the best quality I have. TN: A couple of very minor edits. IL/MO: Reroute in Lone Elk CP. Several minor edits.
February 26, 2011: NC: The trail data for the Pisgah and Nantahala was all messed up-I had the roads not the trails. I’ve asked the Forest Service to send me the correct data and hopefully I will have it soon. I removed all the roads that were on the map as trails. I put the class 1 and 2 roads back on the map as unpaved roads. I also found hundreds of trail POIs like fords, bridges, campsites, shelters, vistas, water sources, etc. I have added them. As soon as I get the trail data from the Forest Service I will upload a new version of My Trail. IL/MO: many minor edits.
February 20, 2011: IL/MO: Add extension of Madison County Bike Trail; many other minor edits including several in Marquette Park. Made adjustments for corrections in City Navigator 2011.4; Reroute of Riverwoods Trail; Thanks to Glenn Wolters for GPSing a trail at Weston Bend State Park-I did some more work on the park with GE. FL: There were some messed up trails in Balm-Boyette Scrub and I used GE to greatly improve the area. CO: Some minor edit to the Dike trail and the area around it. MD/PA: Added a few RTC trails and some minor edits. KY/TN: Big South Fork NRA added 141 trails from Trails Co Op. They are not real accurate. I was able to adjust a few of them with GoogleEarth. Did many more edits in TN and many more in KY. CA: Removed several double trails. MN: Removed a couple of errors. GA: Added a bunch of campsites, bathrooms, water, parking, shelters and side trails to the AT from http://www.georgia-atclub.org/trail/map.htm Carolinas: Removed some double trails on the AT. IL, MO, HI, AR, KY, LA, AL, MS, OH, and WV changed ship wreck to another type to show up in POI search on GPS.
February 11, 2011: Thanks eaparks for making me Island, Falls, Arch, and Rest Area icons. CA: Major additions-hundreds of trails. Added Channel Islands NP trail and road data from NPS website. Added lots of stuff for Pinacles NM from NPS site and traced some trails in GE. Point Reyes National Seashore trails from NPS website. Added lots of stuff from Trails Co-Op. Lots more stuff to add and will be adding more. Some of the data was pretty far off and I corrected it in GoogleEarth. Added about 30 new trails from RTC. IL/MO: More work on Starved Rock and Cache River. Several minor changes. CO: Added about 50 trails around Durango from Trails Co Op. It has not been GPSed and looking at it in Google Earth, it is a bit off. But everything appears to be reasonably close. So it would take several hours to correct it in GE and I did not think it was worth the time. I also traced some other stuff around Durango in GE. NM: Thanks to Barry Steger for GPSing a couple of trails in Northern NM. He also gave me some trails he GPSed in TX. I added them to the NM map. KY: The NPS site Big South NRA had trails for one of their quads in KY. It is 24K data (tends to be fairly close) and none of the trails have names. TN: Big South NRA had two quads that had some trails and unpaved roads. See note for KY.
February 3, 2011: IL/MO: GPSed some trails in the Cache River State Natural Area and made some other corrections/additions in the area. Worked on Rockford and Rock Cut SP tracing from GoogleEarth. Thanks to Jeremy Vaughn for Shawnee NF's 2011 trail data-replaced older data (made a major improvement). Worked on Weinberg-King, Goose Lake Prairie, Starved Rock, and IL Beach State Parks. Thanks to Dan Baldenweck for a reroute of the Chubb trail. Several other minor edits. KY Added NPS Trails in Cumberland Gap from Trails Co Op and worked on Cumberland Gap (some of this is actually in TN and VA-but it is all on the KY Map). Added a few other trails from Trails Co Op. CO: Added many trails from Trail Co Op (made some adjustments with Google Earth) AL: Added some trails from Trail Co Op OH: A few minor additions I traced in GoogleEarth, added part of the Buckeye Trail in East Fork State Park from Trimbleoutdoors and a few other things.
January 26, 2011:
CO: Thanks to Carl L Hurst who GPSed most of the trails in Colorado National Monument. The NPS data was particularly bad. It now has his data. IL/MO: Lots of minor changes including work on Faust CP, Cache River area, U of MO STL, and a few IL Parks. Added several roads to NWRs. WI: Thanks to WI DNR’s Ann Runyard for sending me boat access, parking areas, parks and campground information and recreation trails. She stated, "We do not have trail spatial information for individual state parks---staff reductions again. Are in the process of collection through master plans but nothing complete as yet." She also asked me to include this disclaimer:
"Neither the Department of Natural Resources, nor any of its programs nor any of its employees shall be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained herein and assumes no responsibility for anyone's use of the information. In no event shall the Department or its employees be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement or substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this system, even if advised of the possibility of such damage. This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury, including but not limited to those caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence or under any other cause of action."
January 18, 2011: For several states, I have added lots of stuff (docks, dams, wrecks, daymarker, navigation line, etc) from the ACOE’s navigation charts from http://crunch.tec.army.mil/enc/echarts/IENCShapeFileRequest.cfm Thanks to Dale Dodson from the US Army Geospatial Center for additional shapefiles not on the site. LA: Thanks to Joel E. Harrison II for trails and recreation POIs for KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST AK: Worked on Buffalo National River using GoogleEarth to correct many locations. Also started adding trails from the USGS 24K maps the NPS has on their site. IL/MO: Several minor edits including adding USGS 24K trails from the Ozark National Scenic Riverways site. Look for a future update with some fine tunning on this data.
January 9, 2011: Minor edits to IL, MO, CO, and KY. Corrected a big problem with the zoom levels in IL/MO introduced on last update.
January 6, 2011: CO: Did quit a bit of work on the National Forests. Added hundreds of recreation POIs. I also updated many trails with more up to date data and added many new trails. All of the trails in the White River NF were redone-I replaced old data that was not very accurate and did not have trail names. Thanks Lisa Leeman for pointing me to R2 GIS site. IL/MO: Several minor edits including Malcolm W Martin Memorial Park. Added some trail, boat ramps, and marinas from the KC ACOE (thanks Kim Penner). Also messed with zoom levels, IN: Thanks to Kevin Ratcliff for some McCormick's Creek State Park Trails-Some other minor edits removing double trails FL: Corrected a double trail; AL: Thanks to the Forest Service (Stanley Glover) for the National Forest trails and recreation POIs. They point out, "One thing I wanted to mention is that all of these data set are incomplete. All of these are in the process of being updated." MS: Thanks to the Forest Service (Brenda L. Miller) for sending me all the trails and Recreation POIs for the NFs in MS. KS: Added Cimarron National Grassland trails and POIs. Added over 1,000 trails from the KC ACOE and many boat ramps and marinas.
December 30, 2010: AR: Some work around Norfork Lake; IL/MO several minor edits CO: Minor Edits around RMNP KY: Worked on Mammoth Cave NP (including some trails from Trail Co Op) Edited some building types in State Parks Added some ACOE data to Green River (Next version of MY POIs will have several changes in Mammoth Cave-next My Topo will have several changes in Mammoth Cave NP) TN: Added Joyce Kilmer NY: Thanks NPS's Mara Kali for converting some really good data for Gateway NRA (Moved some stuff from PA to NY)
December 24, 2010: NY: Thank you FS for Finger Lakes National Forest Trails and Recreation POIs. They pointed out, "Trails and Trail Uses are always being updated, and we know some trails are inaccurately displayed and the table is not up-to-date. This is what we have this moment. Remember that when you use this stuff." VT: Forest Service sent me their trail data and recreation POI data for the Green MT National Forest. I previously had the trail data from another source, but it had trial number instead of name. So I replaced it with the new data. See note in NY about the data. IL/MO: Many minor updates; worked on SIUE Moved some stuff from My POIs to My Trails LA: Kisatchie National Forest: added some Forest Service roads from thier website. Moved a few things from My Trails around LA's highpoint. KS: A couple of minor changes in KC. AR: A few minor edits.
December 19, 2010: WI: Thank you Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest for providing your trail and recreation site data. They indicate they will have better data sometime next month. So I will check back. Add RTC trails. Thank you Mara Kali for getting the NPS's trail data for Apostle Islands that was not on NPS's GIS data site. NY: Thanks to the Genesee Transportation Council for providing me thier trail data. MD: Thanks ras_oscar for several trails KS: Added trails for Johnston County IL/MO Worked on the Bellefountain area and several other minor corrections
December 12, 2010: My Trails now covers the entire Eastern US. Added: KS, WI, NY, and NJ. So far for these states I have added USFWS and NPS data and some ACOE data. I also added the Appalachian Trail and now the whole trail is covered in My Trails. For NJ, the only state data I could find was some beach structures. The NY site has lots of data including DEC trails that are on the map (I have ski and snowmobile trails but have not added them). I was not able to find any state data for KS or WI. I have also added lots of RTC trails to the maps (thanks James Kantor for downloading them for me)-well I have WI but have not added it to the map yet-it will be on the next version. I have also moved data to the correct map affecting several maps. CA: Thanks to Luca de Alfaro for 3 trails. IL/MO: Several minor edits; did some work on the parks by I-270 & 44 PA: Fixed a couple of errors with duplicate trails. Added a trail Mike Rubano GPSed. Added Mid State Trail from http://hike-mst.org/ (Also added NY part to NY)
December 8, 2010: Moved lots of stuff to correct maps and removed some duplicates. Added LA, MS, and AL. Added the NPS and USFWS data I could find. Added some stuff I GPSed a while back. Added RTC trails, added a bunch of ACOE river stuff; I emailed the Forest Service asking for their trail data-look for an update to include it. IL/MO: Lots of minor changes; NM: Added some trails from sandiahiking.com
December 4, 2010: I added a new feature-the ability to cover a road in City Navigator that does not exist. This is a problem in lots of parks. I modified my typ file to give me a line type that is white and 4 pixels wide that will cover up a road. You can still see it (and its name), but it is easy to tell it is not there. To take a look at what it looks like on the GPS, look at N37 32.920 W90 50.858 Right now this is only being implemented on the IL/Mo map. IL/MO Minor edits; Did some edits on the Ozark Trail; Worked on Pickle Springs and Hawn. NC/SC: Thank you Forest Service for all the system trails in NC. They indicate they are in the process of GPSing the non system trails. They also sent me the recreation POIs for the Nantahala/Pisgah-they indicated the Uwharrie/Croatan are still being digitized. Also added RTC Trails
December 1, 2010: Added North and South Carolina: I added trail and parking data for USFWS, moved navaids from another map, Added NPS POIs (NC part of Smokies and nearby area in TN map); added all the state data I could find (not much mostly boat ramps) Added part of AT with parking and shelters not already on the TN map) Thank you Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests for your trail, POI, roads, and Wilderness boundaries. Maine: Arcadia NP: Thank you Mara Kali for obtaining the building footprints that the link did not work for. Unfortunately, the building footprints do not have the name of the building. Added a trail from Trail Registry. IL/MO: Added a couple of RTC trails; Several other minor changes; Added reroute of Ozark Trail near Johnson Shut Inns from OT Site. IN: Added a couple of trails from RTC and made some other minor corrections to the map. VA: Added several trails from RTC. CA: Added some trails from Trail registry
November 29, 2010: Added several things from waymarking. All maps added to. Will be adding more. IL/MO: Some adjustments to a couple of trails in Greensfielder after GPSing some sections. Castlewood: GPSed GORC's reroute of the Cedar Bluff Trail. Removed some side trails no longer there and added a couple of new ones in the Foster/Stinging Nettle Trails. Some additions along the Meramac River parks and a few other spots.
November 24, 2010: IL/MO Columbia Bottoms CA updates; Thanks to Didg Guy for GPSing the Green Rock Trail new alignment; additional minor updates including several in Greensfelider and Rockwoods Reservation. MN: Thanks to James Kantor for GPSing Warner Lake SP.
November 19, 2010: IL/MO: Some minor edits; Forest Park some trail additions and some other changes. MI: The FS mailed me a CD with 3,726 trails for the Ottawa NF. FL: Thank You Forest Service for providing me all your trail and recreation POI data; Broke down NavAids into different categories GA: Broke Down NavAids into different categories
November 16, 2010: IL/MO Cliff Cave GORC Trail Reroute; TN: Smokies some back county campsites/shelters updates; FL: Transferred some navigation POIs to new GA Map; MI: Ottawa NF Recreation POIs (they have mailed me a CD with the trails); GA Added GA-could not find any state data; all federal (USFS, NPS, ACOE, USFWS, Coast Guard) and RTC.
November 15, 2010: IL/MO: Minor corrections; FL: Added ACOE River Mile Markers MI: Thanks Hiawatha & Huron-Manistee NFs for providing trails and recreation POIs. Maine: Arcadia NP: Added carriage roads
November 12: Added Hawaii; Added RTC to FL; IL/MO: Corrected trail at Silver lake
November 11:MoIL Some updates to Klondike and Quail Ridge Parks. Removed roads in Bush Wildlife Area CN 2011.3 now has and made some other adjustments due to CN 2011.3 FL: Add FL to map.
November 10, 2010: IL/MO Updated some stuff in ST Peters, redid Indiana Camp Park and made some changes to some other ST Charles County Parks. Adding some tracks from yurmom CA: Added some USFWS POIs MN: Added about 30 trails from Internet; some additions from James Kantor MI: Started MI Map Have NPS, USFWS, and RTC. Forest Service in process of providing me data-will have soon. Could not find any state GIS data.
November 7, 2010-Added about 2,000 USFWS parking lots; CA Yosemite-converted building polygons to POIs and removed smaller building polygons, added numerous POIS like campgrounds and boat ramps the Forest Service provided me, added some boundaries for Wilderness, Wild & Scenic Rivers the Forest Service provided me; Iowa-removed older state trail data and replaced it with new state trail data, added about 50 additional trails from Internet sites, added updated boat ramps that used to be in My POIs and separated out fishing locations; MN: added 4 trails from Internet sites-next update will have many more; IL/MO Added Confluence Trail extensions and some minor changes in the STL area