We've taken 15 of our Trails Illustrated maps from Northern Georgia to Northern Virginia and made them digital. They're loaded with accurately researched trails, recreation information, and detailed topography. With Trails Illustrated Explorer you can customize and print detailed, large-scale maps of just the areas you need.
Trails Illustrated Maps included: Shenandoah National Park; Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Linville Gorge / Mt. Mitchell; Pisgah Ranger District; Tellico & Ocoee Rivers; French Broad & Nolichucky Rivers; South Holston & Watauga Lakes; Fontana & Hiwassee Lakes; Nantahala & Cullasaja Gorges; Mount Rogers National Recreation Area; Blacksburg / New River Valley; Covington / Alleghany Highlands; Lexington / Blue Ridge Mountains; Staunton / Shenandoah Mountain; Massanutten & Great North Mountain.
The route tool allows you to highlight a trail on the map, produce an elevation profile, see a 3-D fly-thru, and send waypoints to your handheld GPS. You can also personalize the map.
Use 3-D views to fly over a trail you want to hike and enjoy a 360-degree view from any place on the map. Also view the map in 2-D with splitscreen.
Turn trails into routes and waypoints for your GPS. Store and manage an unlimited number of waypoints. Add tracks you collect in the field to chart your path and collect your journeys for return visits.
Produce waterproof, tear-resistant maps on your inkjet printer with Adventure Paper.
Note: Waypoints and routes will be transferred to your GPS unit, but maps cannot be transferred.
Windows 95, 98, NT, ME, 2000, XP, or Vista 486 DX/66 MHz PC or higher 64 MB RAM + 8 MB video memory
Macintosh OS 10.2 or higher 350 MHz G3 or better 128 MB RAM + 16 MB video memory
GPS connectivity compatible with most receivers manufactured by Garmin, Magellan, Eagle, Lowrance, and select Suunto wrist-top computers. Direct link requires input/output capabilities and a PC cable.
Note: Waypoints and routes will be transferred to your GPS unit, but maps cannot be transferred or viewed there.
Comments about Southern Appalachian Mountains Explorer 3D:
I have the 17 map version of this product. Seamless Panning is great and Maps are very useful, best I have seen for Trail and Remote road info. Route tool is fun but distance on known trails is shorter than GPS shows. Route tool should draw a track for you with no limit on number of accurate points. Nice Charts and abilities to sort are great, but using it cause crashes. Software in general crashes alot, I just live with it, cause the trails are very detailed. Mouse over pop ups are very bothersome and should be changed to click only info. Profiles are good and useful, but don't show the grade info. Profiles do show distance to any point along the way. Trail charts do show trail difficulty, blaze colors, allowed useage,etc. Good trip planning tool! Waypoints and elevations are provided but hard to cut and paste that info into an email, etc. Likewise hard to cut and paste into waypoint locator. Printing looks good! Zoom levels are limited. Map can magnify further but only with blurred image, why bother! Grids are useless on screen but labeled on printouts. Roads are better than other maps I have seen but some still wrong. The maps are great, the software is crash and start over to get good trail info. Buy it and start crashing, you will truely love the maps. All my hiking folks love these maps. They are unbeatable!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend