Arkansas topo maps are an important part of your gear if you plan on pursuing one of the many outdoor activities in the State. These maps are used by backpackers, hikers, hunters, canoeists, and many others. In my hobby of metal detecting, because I go off the beaten path in search of old ghost towns, logging camps, and buried treasure, topo maps are an important part of the tools I use.
Before you begin your search below for a map, I am going to explain the topography of Arkansas, and why it is important, while pursuing an outdoor activity like backpacking, to carry one of these maps.
Arkansas consists of 53,187 square miles, of which, 52,078 square miles is made up of land. The Ozark Mountains, in the northwest, and sometimes called the Boston Mountains, are a part of the Ozark Plateau. This plateau covers much of the southern half of Missouri, and extends into portions of Oklahoma and Kansas. In the central western area of the State are the Quachita Mountains. These mountains make up the major portion of the Arkansas uplands. The tallest mountain peak is Magazine Mountain, standing at 2753 feet, located in the Arkansas River Valley. The Arkansas lowlands are made up of two plains, the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, and the Gulf Coastal Plain. The Arkansas River divides the two mountain chains.
There are so many types of topos that the enormity of the choices can actually end up confusing the consumer looking to purchase one. However, because of all those choices of maps to choose from, the quality of the maps has increased over the years. Although there have been many new map producers entering the market, I believe the best topos are still being produced by long standing companies like Garmin, DeLorme, and National Geographic. Whether you are looking for Arkansas maps that are software, or a hard product like the Gazetteer, I’m sure you will be surprised at the variety and the features of the many maps that are listed below.
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Below is a popular topo map I use all the time.
And if you enjoy metal detecting, use Arkansas topo maps to locate these areas.
Never venture into the back country without the proper survival gear, and of course a topo.
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