I’m all for devices, software and apps that make finding your way in the out of doors that much easier. I’ve used a handheld GPS to track down a geocache high in the eastern Sierra Nevada, and the same device to map the driving route back home. And, at this point, who hasn’t plugged an address into Google maps or viewed the world through Google Earth?
But there’s something satisfying about sitting down with an honest-to-goodness map and plotting not a starting point and destination, but poring over the possibilities.
National Geographic’s new Pennsylvania Recreation Atlas affords just that opportunity, tailored specifically to those looking for things to do outdoors and every conceivable way to get there.
In the same vein as DeLorme’s familiar Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer, the 2013 Pennsylvania Recreation Atlas includes updated topographic maps segmented by grid. State game lands, lakes, rivers and even small streams are marked; so are national and state forest areas. Trout streams, shooting ranges, recreational lakes, hiking trails, state parks, campgrounds and golf and skiing sites have their own pages and map entries. Boat access points are clearly designated at each site.
Roadways of all sorts are well marked and defined on the 1:150,000-scale grids. Legends on each page set make it easy to determine exactly what opportunities each grid offers. Latitude and longitude markers line each page, making data entry easy for GPS unit users.
It’s a great tool to use to plan your next Pennsylvania adventure, near to or far from home. Cost from most Internet retailers is $24.95 plus tax and shipping.