In the App, “Trails” are GPS data (GIS Data) provided by a club/county/state so it is very precise. “Map Images” are digital copies of the paper maps used in the past that were created by a club/county/state – not quite as precise, but still have useful information.
On the app you can decide what trail data will be displayed. The default background map (Base Map) that The Next Trail uses is either Apple Maps (for IOS devices) or Google Maps (for Android devices). Under Preferences you can change the Base Map to different versions (e.g. Satellite Map or Hybrid Map).
If you have previously downloaded any Trails data, those trails will be overlaid on the Base Map.
Optionally you can also go to the stacked paper icon at the bottom of the screen and select Show Map Images. If you have downloaded the Map Image for the county/area you are currently displaying, the digital copy of the old paper maps will be shown instead of the Base Map.
Here is a sample of a map showing a Map Image (old paper maps) as the background with precise GPS Trails on top.
We add more trails as we find more data. You can get a list of all the Trails and Map Images available on the app under the folded map icon .
The following table shows the approximate coverage for each state for the different types of ATV and Snowmobile trail data that can be displayed. Note – we have also started to add other categories (e.g. Horse Trails, Bike Trails, DogSled Trails, Hiking Trails, OHM Trails, Paddle Trails, Snowshoe Trails, XSki Trails, etc,). These are pretty limited right now – Wisconsin has most if you’d like to preview them.
Although we have put an initial emphasis on MI, MN and WI we are always looking to add more data to the app. If you know of trail data (GIS Data or digital versions of paper maps) that is available and you would like us to add it to the app, simply email a link to the data to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will review it for accuracy and add it if it looks good.
Here’s a short video on how to show different background maps on the App: