• Part of a roofline shows from one building. Trees with fall color leaves on them fill most of the photo. A lamp-post is near center of the photo.

    Harpers Ferry Center

Map Symbols & Patterns for NPS Maps

This page contains the standard cartographic symbols and patterns used on National Park Service maps.


Map Symbols

Map symbols
Recreation pictographs, north arrows, bar scales, road shields, etc.


Other Symbols

Other symbols
Pictographs for accessibility, winter recreation, water recreation, etc.

NPS symbols are free and in the public domain. They derive from Ultimate Symbol Collection, a commercial product that offers hundreds of additional symbols.


TrueType Font Symbols

Map symbolsOther symbols
Fonts include both the Map Symbols and Other Symbols shown above.


NPS Style for ArcGIS

Map symbolsOther symbols
Link below to ESRI Mapping Center - ArcGIS Resources.


Map Patterns

Map patterns
Lava/reef, sand, swamp, and tree patterns (accessed as a swatch library in Adobe Illustrator CS or later).

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