Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map


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Not all maps are created equal. This map does everything…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $12


Not all maps are created equal. This map does everything you need and more. It encourages exploration to a degree that is impressive. I buy this map every time it is updated and would encourage anyone who spends any time in Central Pennsylvania to grab a copy.


  • Creative and thoughtful design
  • Clear and legible markings
  • Inspires you to explore new places and create your own loops
  • Durable


  • Cumbersome when unfolded
  • Covers a comparatively small area (215,500 acres)

While no product is ever perfect, Purple Lizard Maps has created a map that is close as you can get. The Rothrock State Forest map is a fabulous bundle of knowledge that includes information related to hiking and biking trails, fishing holes, climbing areas, and much more within Rothrock State Forest and the surrounding area. In addition to detailing specific activity use trails the map also is color coded to show land type (state forest, wild area, private land, etc.). Contour intervals are presented at a 50-foot interval and latitude and longitude marks border of the map.

While all of those features are essential to any good map, what sets this map apart is the purple lizards that dot the trails and roads within the confines of the map. Purple lizards are defined in the legend as follows: "this could mean anything (cool place, scenic vista, local legend... or nothing)." I have an untold number of stories about the incredible things I have seen and experienced at these lizards from the stump-tap (a stump with a beer tap on in) to views of rolling hills that melt into the horizon. Once you "get" your first lizard, you will want to experience the rest.

Whether you are a weekend-warrior day-hiker, someone who is considering a long-distance hike on the Mid-State Trail, or Joe and Jane Shmo looking to for a visually appealing drive, this map will get you to where you need to go. The material the map is printed on is of the highest quality and can be submerged in water and folded a hundred times over before signs of wear begin to accumulate. 

The creators of the map took the time to put some humor into their product ("for best results carry this map with you at all times") which I think deserves praise. Additionally, they are members of 1% for the Planet, so you know that they are conscious environmentalists. 

If you ever visit State College or the surrounding area, do yourself a favor and drop the twelve dollars for this map. 

Below: folded map

IMG-4029.jpgBelow: map with hand for size comparison


Below: legend of map. Be sure to look at the purple lizard. 


Below: Unfolded map with tape measure. The map is approximately 36" by 24"



I love maps, Bruce, and hearing about different mapmakers. So thanks for the review!

3 months ago

Great review, Bruce. I have the 6th edition and love it! In fact, the founder of the company was just highlighted in a news article: http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/mapmaker-creates-beautiful-tools-for-exploring-the-outdoors,1477764/

3 months ago

Nice article. Thanks for sharing, Kiwi.

3 months ago

Looking over maps is one of my favorite pastimes - planning future trips or recalling past ones. Not sure I'll need these maps but they look great (except your full size shot is upside down so I had trouble zooming in and reading the names etc!).

2 months ago

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