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Hills & Heights

We’ve got a map of that

Every US Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map from across the United States on your computer and downloadable.




National Geographic have launched a website that has every US Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map from across the United States. Not only can you check it out online but they’ve set it up so that you can print it out. Now you can plan that adventure that you had been putting off or you can be like me and just spend minutes on end checking out the highs and lows of our area. As you zoom in red squares will pop-up click on them and the pdf will open up.

Crazy idea #245, you could print out a map of Richmond (see above, yours won’t be blurry we’ve got a bug with our featured image) and use it has wrapping paper for a totally RVA type DIY madness.


From the National Geographic site:

National Geographic has built an easy to use web interface that allows anyone to quickly find any quad in the country for downloading and printing. Each quad has been pre-processed to print on a standard home, letter size printer. These are the same quads that were printed by USGS for decades on giant bus-sized pressed but are now available in multi-page PDFs that can be printed just about anywhere. They are pre-packaged using the standard 7.5 minute, 1:24,000 base but with some twists:

  • Page 1 is an overview map showing the Quad in context
  • Pages 2 through 5 are the standard USGS Quads cut in quarters to fit on standard printers
  • Hillshading has been added to each page of the PDF to help visualize the topography
*Please note: 0.5% of the quads have not been processed yet. These quads will appear as originally published by USGS.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.