Cook’s Map of the Pines HD

This map will soon be discontinued and will phase out all downloadable maps during 2021. They offer a poor experience on Garmin devices due to restrictions the company has placed on their “custom map” format which constrains them to only one zoom level of limited size. And Mobile Atlas Creator/Java installation is just too difficult and problematic. To use your Android phone or iPhone as a GPS with Boyd’s Maps (and more), install the free boydsmaps web app, currently available in beta. Just go to on your phone to get started!

This composite of eight 19th century topographic maps of Southern New Jersey by George H. Cook and C. C. Vermeule offers a level of accuracy not found in other historical maps, thanks to all-new precision georeferencing. More than 4,000 features on sheets 10 through 17 of the Cook Atlas were matched with with high resolution contemporary data, correcting substantial errors in the original maps. They were then color-corrected and stitched into a seamless Mobile Atlas Creator map. Mobile Atlas Creator is a free open-source program running on Windows, Linux and the Macintosh that lets you view the map and send it to Garmin or Magellan handheld GPS units plus over two dozen apps for Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows and Linux.

Although the processing creates some artifacts in areas where the original map contained large errors, the enhanced accuracy outweighs these little glitches, making it easy to compare historical features with modern aerial imagery, or just to see your correct position during a hike.

And these vintage maps from the State of New Jersey offer a wealth of details not found on historical USGS maps (such as 1899 in the Pines). For example, the little trees are not merely a decorative feature, but a graphic representation of the density and proportion of coniferous and deciduous trees in the forest. This kind of detail wasn’t available again until the 21st century when the NJDEP began publishing high resolution land use/landcover (LULC) data. 

Explore the rich history of Southern New Jersey with this unique 19th century topo, available for the first time as a free, seamless, remarkably accurate map for your computer, smartphone or handheld GPS.

Read the Cook’s Map of the Pines HD documentation


Note: The Mobile Atlas Creator tutorial included in this download is old. The new 62-page version has better installation instructions, more app tutorials and other improvements! Click here for Boyd’s new Mobile Atlas Creator Tutorial (revised 3-14-19)


Download Cook's Map of the Pines HDFile size: 2.07 gb


A separate version is also available for Garmin handheld GPS units. It has lower resolution and more image compression, but you’ll probably find it good enough for many purposes, and it ‘s also a much smaller download. The full version is also Garmin-compatible, but if you only plan to use the map on a Garmin GPS and Basecamp, then the Garmin version is much easier…. Just drag the files on your GPS and head out to the Pines! 

Read the Cook’s Map of the Pines for Garmin documentation


Download Cook's Map of the Pines for GarminFile size: 75.24 mb




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Download Cook's Map of the Pines HDFile size: 2.07 gb


Download Cook's Map of the Pines for GarminFile size: 75.24 mb


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