Chip Wynn Motors may be located in Kentucky, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to get out of state and visit our nearby neighbors in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. One of our favorite local vacation spots is Shawnee National Forest. This beautiful outdoor haven is filled with plenty to do on a long weekend or a full family vacation.
At Shawnee National Forest, there’s something for everyone. You’ll find miles and miles of hiking trails, including favorite routes like Garden of the Gods which takes you by stunning rock structures, and a walk around Herod Pond, the perfect place to spot wildlife and practice your bird watching skills. Shawnee National Forest also features a cool national land bridge, Pomona Bridge.
You’ll have no trouble finding a cozy camping spot, from the most primitive options to rental cabins in nearby areas. Staying a few nights in the forest will give you plenty of time to enjoy the many recreational activities, like swimming, fishing, hiking, hunting, climbing, or even horseback riding. If you love outdoor family vacations or live in the area, you’ll want to visit the Shawnee National Forest.
If you are under the age of 30, the odds are pretty high that you have never actually driven anywhere using a paper road map. If this describes you, or you just want to refresh your skills, you should take advantage of Read a Road Map day on April 5th.
If you’ve never navigated using a paper map before, here are a few things you need to consider.
The index (usually printed on the back of the map) lists all the cities on that map in alphabetical order and then tells you the corresponding grid location of the city. The map likely has numbers or letters listed across one side and the opposite listed across the top or bottom, for example, a city might be listed as C3 in the index. Look for the letter C and move across to the third column to find the city.
Another important part of a map is the legend. This small box will show how different types of roadways are depicted on the map. For example, major highways are usually printed in bigger, bolder lines than smaller residential or rural roads.
Use the compass road to help keep you oriented in the right direction. If you are heading south, turn the map to follow in the same direction.
When navigating using a paper map, it’s best to have at least two people in the car, one to drive and one to be the navigator. The navigator should keep his or her eye out for major landmarks listed on the map to make sure they are travelling in the right direction.
To really put your road map skills to the test, you should plan a road trip. It doesn’t have to be long—just a day trip somewhere. To make it really exciting, you should lay out your paper map on the ground and then toss a small rock onto the map. You should make wherever it lands your destination.
Do you consider yourself a good navigator while using a road map?
Before you know it, spring will be here and you’ll have an itch to hit the road. Not sure where to go? You can never go wrong with a national park. These are some of the best national parks in and around Kentucky.