Map Symbols & Patterns for U.S. National Park Service Maps

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

Map Elements

 North arrows, bar scales, road shields, etc.

Other Map Symbols

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

To request adding new symbols to the set, please contact HFC cartographer Tom Patterson (phone: 304-535-6020; email: This symbol set will periodically be updated.

Map Patterns

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

Via The Map Room.