Map and Compass Training

Date and Time

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 9:00AM - 2:00PM


Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia,
Virginia, Northern,


Registration is required for this activity.


Learn about the tremendous amount of information that a topographic map can give you, and how to use a magnetic compass to interpret that map and enable you to navigate safely in the outdoors. If you use GPS, a topographic map provides more information than the GPS alone. If your GPS is damaged or its battery runs down, the magnetic compass provides an excellent back-up. Sky Meadows Park is on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge, with marvelous views and many trails. The Appalachian Trail goes through the park at the top of the mountain, at the moderate elevation of 1840 ft. We will supply maps of the area and compasses, but if you have them by all means do bring them. If you have specific questions about maps of other areas, you may bring those also. NOTE THAT YOU ARE NOT FULLY REGISTERED UNTIL YOU GET AN EMAIL BACK FROM ONE OF THE LEADERS SAYING SO.

AMC Trip Policy



Driving Directions

Click map for driving directions

Take I-66 west about 42 miles from the Washington beltway to exit 23 for US route 17 North. follow rte 17 a bit more than 6 miles, just past state route 710 on the right, to state route 710 on the left, Edmonds Lane. This leads to the park entrance station, where you pay 10 $ per car for parking. Bring cash, as the station is often self-pay. Drive up the hill to the parking lot by the stone house, where we meet. If you come by US route 50, US route 17 branches to the south near the town of Paris. Take US 17 south less than 2 miles to route 710 on your right.

View from hillside, Sky Meadows Park


Instruction (Skills)

Offered By







Adults (18+)


I've been an AMC member and hiking trip leader on and off since the 1990's. I have taught map and compass two times before.


For years I have cozied up in AMC huts and lodges for mountaineering, backpacking, mountain biking, and paddling adventures. Being a new AMC volunteer trip leader, I look forward to exploring new woods and waterways and sharing the experiences with others.