Free forest map app good in the woods

City of Arcata graphic

City of Arcata graphic

ARCATA –The City of Arcata is urging Community Forest users to check out a new, free mapping app.

Mobile App PDF Maps is a mobile map application that enables you to download geo-referenced maps for offline use on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. Download City of Arcata’s geo-referenced maps to your mobile device.

With Mobile App PDF Maps, you can download maps for offline use on your Apple iOS of Android smartphone or tablet, use your device’s built-in GPS to track your location on the map, plot and record information about locations, import and export placemarks, measure distances and area, and even plot photos.

How to get the app: Access Google Play or the App Store directly and search for “Avenza PDF Maps,” then download and install the app.

Next, download Arcata maps for free directly from the Avenza Map Store. In PDF Maps, navigate to the Map Store (some devices display a shopping cart).

Click “Find Maps.” This will open up a map based on the users location. Select “List” button. In the Search box type in “Arcata.” Choose the Arcata map of choice.

Downloading and installing the map may take a few minutes (wi-fi is suggested). Once installed, the map can be used offline.

“It doesn’t use any cellular data once the maps is installed to a device,” said Brian Kang, city GIS coordinator, adding it is “a great aid in hiking the wonderful Arcata Community Forest.”


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