Cartographic Design on Maine’s Appalachian Trail

Michael Hermann, Eugene Carpentier III


The Appalachian Trail (AT) is among the crown jewels of hiking trails worldwide. An opportunity to design the maps of the AT in Maine was more than just another job—as Maine residents and avid outdoorsmen we felt a personal responsibility, and honor, to take on this task. We embarked on a digital odyssey of sorts, manipulating terrain models and referencing existing paper sources, all the while designing with a strong humanistic element. These maps will be used to plan, attempt, and complete adventures in what some consider to be the most stunning trail landscape in New England. The project, similar to the trail, offered some unexpected challenges. This paper chronicles our journey along the design and production paths of Maine’s Appalachian Trail.


Appalachian Trail; map; design; terrain model; cartography

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