Sources of Aerial Photography for North Carolina


This page lists selected contacts for aerial photography in North Carolina.

North Carolina One Map (NC OneMap)

Statewide and county imagery available at various resolutions. Available options include an online viewer and individual imagery tiles available for download.

North Carolina Geological Survey

Mailing Address:            1612 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC  27699-1612

Street Address:              512 North Salisbury Street, Archdale Bldg., Suite 527, Raleigh, NC 27604-1148



Aerial photography available for viewing (not for sale) at the NCGS offices in the Archdale Building:

EROS Data Center - U.S. Geological Survey, Sioux Falls, S.D. 57198



Telephone: 605.594.6151

Facsimile:  605.594.6589

Complete, or nearly complete, coverage of North Carolina with different vintages and scales including the 1998 color-infrared aerial photography.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency

Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO) , 2222 West 2300 South , Salt Lake City, UT 84119-2020

Telephone:     801-975-3503



Telephone:     801.975.3503

Facsimile:      801.975.3532

Complete, or nearly complete, coverage of North Carolina with different vintages and scales.

National Archives and Records Administration

Cartographic and Architectural Branch , 8601 Adelphi Road , College Park, Maryland  20740-6001

NWCS Special media Services Archives Division

Telephone:  301.713.7030                                                  


Some aerial photography dating back to the late 1930´s available through contract vendors.

Tennessee Valley Authority

TVA Map Store, 101 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801



Telephone:  423.751.3404

Some aerial photography, mainly of the Tennessee River valley area.

Terraserver (a cooperative project between the U.S. Geological Survey and Microsoft Corp.)

This Internet site makes available black and white digital aerial photography, as well as other products, some as recent as 1996 and possibly later.

Cadastral or tax mapping is done in many North Carolina counties on detailed aerial photography (digital orthophotography). You can contact the county tax offices to determine available digital orthophotography. Increasingly this photography is only a few years old.

You may elect to contact Mr. Rex Minneman, Director of the of the state's Land Records Management Program at 919.807.2206 (voice) or 919.807.2210 (facsimile). His e-mail address is:

County land records or planning offices may carry 1"=400' scale aerial photography, sometimes in digital format.  This may be the most recent, and detailed aerial photography available.

North Carolina Department of Transportation - Photogrammetric Laboratory, Poole Road, Raleigh, NC

Contacts: Keith Johnston

Telephone:     919.250.4175

Very useful for areas that are bounded by, or are near state maintained roads. Provide latitude and longitude to facilitate your inquiry.

N.C. Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA)

Telephone:     919.733.2090


CGIA makes available the 1993 digital aerial photography over their web site.  This web site should also indicate for which areas the digital versions of the 1998 color infrared photography of North Carolina is available.

N.C. Floodplain maps

(housed at the N.C. Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA)

Telephone:     919.733.2090