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Maps and Aerial Photographs for the State of North Carolina

This page provides information about maps and aerial photographs for the State of North Carolina that are available through the North Carolina Geological Survey.

  • Topographic maps
  • Aerial photographs
  • Geologic Maps
  • Other Data Links
  • For Additional Information

  • 1985 Geologic Map of North Carolina:

    Topographic Maps

    The popular USGS topographic quadrangle maps (often called 'topos' or 'quads') are available for the entire state. These maps are at a scale of 1:24,000, or 1-inch on the map equals about 2,000-feet on the ground. Also, each map covers 7.5-minutes of Latitude and Longitude. There are 953 topos in the state; we carry a complete inventory of all paper maps for the state. Order Paper Maps Online here through the North Carolina Geological Survey Shop.

    Additional ordering information

    [1:250,000 index map thumbnail]
    1:250,000 scale maps
    [1:100,000 index map thumbnail]
    1:100,000 scale maps
    [1:24,000 index map thumbnail]
    1:24,000 scale maps

    Topographic Maps Covering North Carolina

    The US Geological Survey has extensive information on topographic maps available here:
    http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/usgsmaps/usgsmaps.html#Topographic%20Maps

    The USGS is starting to produce topographic map Digital Raster Graphics (DRG's) in GeoPDF format. These are expected to be completed by June, 2010 and some are available for download from the USGS here:
    http://store.usgs.gov.

    More information on this product and process can be found here:
    http://store.usgs.gov/locator/about_digital_maps.html

    Geologic Maps

    The following provides links to an overview of geological units in North Carolina and to published (paper) maps available through our Map and Publication Sales office.

    We also encourage users to search for maps using the National Geologic Map Database.

    Aerial photographs
    Other Data Links
    • NC OneMap
      NC OneMap is the State Clearinghouse for geospatial information. Here you can find vector data, digital raster graphics for the state, and several vintages of aerial photography for the state, as well as individual county coverage.

    • National Geologic Map Database. Search for geologic maps from North Carolina here.

    Contact Information
    Dr. Kenneth Taylor
    1612 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, North Carolina, 27699-1612.
    919.707.9210
    kenneth.b.taylor@ncdenr.gov.