Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting an online “March Mapness” awareness campaign to share newly developed, digital products and maps with the public. Throughout the month, the park will use social media platforms to showcase how visitors can easily access free data and maps. New interactive maps include point locations for scenic overlooks, historic buildings, cemeteries, waterfalls, and wedding sites.
During the 2016 National Park Service Centennial Celebration, park staff were challenged through the “Going Digital” Call to Action to better engage the public through web- and mobile-friendly platforms. With a redesigned web site and social media engagement, the park’s digital team worked diligently to make previously hard-to-access digital data available to the public.
Park staff will share a variety of tips including how to use digital maps to enhance a hiking experience, how to use a map as a teaching aid, and how to calibrate a compass. Please visit https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm to find available maps and follow park social media accounts for digital tips throughout March.