Official Website of the North Carolina Bartram Trail Society

Maps & Guides

View from Williams PulpitNC Bartram Trail Society has produced an Interpretive Hiking Map of the NC Bartram Trail.
The full-color, 28” x 36” two-sided map features:

  • an overview of the 75+ miles of hiking trail and the topographic features it traverses;
  • elevation profiles of the trail;
  • USGS topographic contour lines at 50 foot intervals;
  • scale: 1:35,000;
  • GPS coordinates;
  • driving directions to BT trailheads from area towns; and
  • EMS assistance info.
  • The Appalachian Trail (from Wayah Bald to the Cheoah Bald area) and the Appletree area loop trails are also shown.

The map also shows mile by mile readings for both north-to-south hiking and south-to-north hiking, locations of scenic vistas, waterfalls, historic markers, picnic areas and campgrounds.

Among natural and cultural history enthusiasts the map is popular for its the native flora and fauna notes from along the trail, information about William Bartram’s historic visit to the area, and notes about the non-profit NC Bartram Trail Society.

When it created the map, the NC Bartram Trail Society had in mind day hikers, backpackers, exercise runners, nature photographers, wildflower enthusiasts, and area history buffs. The NCBTS hopes this attractive, colorful and informative map will excite folks enough to plan a recreation outing or hike in their national forests and gain many years of enjoyment from the map.

Primary funding for the map was through a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area –  Substantial donations were received from the Highlands Biological Foundation, The Wilderness Society, Nantahala Outdoor Center, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, private donors and the BTS membership.

The grant was written primarily to fund the NCBTS’s desire to provide free trail maps to educational institutions and conservation groups. Over one thousand free maps were been distributed to WNC schools, public and college libraries, summer camps, chambers of commerce, visitor centers and other groups. Maps were also distributed to nature centers, history museums and botanical societies around the state and region. Since 2010, hikers have purchased almost 4,000 of the maps.

The map is available for sale at area USFS Ranger Stations and area outfitters. It may also be ordered online by using Pay Pal or mailing a check for $12 (includes postage) to:

NC Bartram Trail Society
P. O. Box 968
Highlands, NC  28741

The NC Bartram Trail is a National Recreation Trail and is for foot travel only. It is not open to horseback riding, ORVs or mountain bikes. The trail is maintained by a trail volunteers who typically meet on the second Saturday of each month.

For more information about the map, the trail or the BTS, contact Walter Wingfield at