NAVIGATING WITH TRAIL MAPS & FILES
Everyone can enjoy Bolton’s diverse system of recreational trails. Now it is easier than ever to explore our local outdoors safely and with confidence. No need for complicated GPS, a compass, or even a personal guide. This page will review the basics of our new property maps and what they represent.
Step 1 – Where should we explore next?
Great question! There are 15 publicly accessible properties in Bolton for you to enjoy, explore, and share. You can reference our town property key map found here – Key Map or use the “Properties & Maps” menu header pull down above!
Step 2 – Get oriented.
Each property is unique, but North is always up! Use your map to determine the best place to park, and what trail segments are of interest. Keep in mind that map scale varies across the properties. Use the scale bar to estimate distance. Most people walk 1-2 miles per hour – less if you’re stopping to take photos and take in the environment.
Step 3 – Getting there.
Many residents can walk to trails near their homes. Exploring a new property or traveling to your favorite spot might involve a car or bicycle. Each map provides parking details and a Sat Nav friendly address to get you there. Use the town key map in the lower right corner to see exactly where in Bolton the property is located.
Step 4 – Reading the map.
Following the red dots is only part of it. There are property specific elements that have been located in the map using GPS. Look for bridges, intersections, walls, streams, ponds, wetlands, houses, and other noted features. The location of these items will help determine your location. The legend found in the lower left corner of each map template can be referenced for each symbol meaning.
Step 5 – Stay on trail, stay on property.
Our maps use GPS captured data layered with the town GIS map. Conservation areas are shown in green, private property shown in orange. Division lines between towns are also accurately located. Many properties have trails off the primary that are private. By referencing these map elements, you will know you are where you should be.
Step 6 – Am I lost?
It can happen. Some properties in Bolton are expansive with many trail intersections. If you are unsure of your current position, turn around and go back to the last known location. Maybe it was that bridge, or where you crossed that stone wall. Find it on the map and start again. Sometimes we go right when we meant to turn left. If you find yourself in a more serious situtation dial 911. Your cell phone GPS coordinates will be recorded and first responders can locate your position.
Step 7 – Our GPS files installed on your device.
The Trails Committee is working to provide KML files for each of property maps. These files can be installed on your smart phone and show the trail relative to your position. Learn more at the GPS smartphone tutorial.