One would argue that the need for accurate and professional maps for outdoor recreation is overkill. This argument would yield differing statistics depending on the group who was surveyed. The individual who knows the trails or their area of interest would see no real benefit in even having a map; however, a new user or the user who doesn’t even know about the area would greatly benefit. Statistically, the growth of new users will continue to rise, which further supports the need for maps. Maps, by themselves, are generally enough reason for someone to go out and try something new for the first time. The map adds a sense of security, while having very accurate data provides significant success in getting the user get back to their car. Additionally, an accurate and professional map adds overall value to the trail and area being mapped further marketing it to the current and future users of the outdoor asset. With the ever increasing amount of outdoor adventures, accurate maps also set the benchmark for incorporating emergency response into the game plan for first responders and users. Accuracy isn’t just a nice to have, it should be the requirement.
We have all heard the quote “If you build it, they will come”. Generally speaking, this quote is a fairly true statement. From a mapping perspective, there should be a second sentence to this popular saying. “If you map it, they will find it” is an important addition to the quote, especially as it relates to outdoor recreation. As we think about trails, this becomes significantly important. Users may have an idea where to go but when directions are given verbally for a new outdoor resource it is generally voiced indifferently. “So, if you go down that windy point in the road, you will see a loblolly pine tree with some barbed wire sticking out of it, turn right there…”. You get the point, building a new trail is great, but getting trail users to it is why you built it!
How many times a day do you drive down a road like this?
Your GPS Navigation shows you the road you are on, the name of the road, the speed limit, and many other interesting attributes about the road (or path) you are traveling.
How many wonder what exists beyond the wood line of the path that you are traveling? A person who loves the outdoors envisions many things that could take place within the forest just five feet lateral of the road, but we still are unsure of what truly exists beyond the ditch line.
Mapping outdoor recreation offers all users the ability to have a better experience while competing in a sport, or a fun-filled adventure. At some point, with the mapping of outdoor recreation, the same GPS that blurted out “Turn Right in 100 feet”; will be telling us where these gems are that exist beyond the beaten path.
Knobby Tire Mapping, LLC has been stood up to support the mapping requests that have been pouring in from other regions in Virginia and the surrounding states. Additionally, the project requests have been from all facets of outdoor recreational sports and leisure.
Knobby Tire Mapping will continue to support the local Fredericksburg, Virginia mountain biking scene, as these roots are what prompted the ability and mindset to follow the passion of mixing geospatial, cartography, and outdoor recreation.
Please Contact Us today to discuss how we can map out your event, park, or trail!