Massachusetts: Needham Town Forest Map

Map InfoMap Information

Created By: dbperry
Last Updated: August 31st, 2013 8:08pm
Map Coverage:
North: 42.2794°
West: -71.2615° East: -71.2418°
South: 42.2569°
Country: United States
State: Massachusetts
Price: Free

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Needham Town Forest, Needham, MA 02492


Location Information


The Needham Town Forest is a typical eastern Massachusetts suburban town forest, with the notable exception that it is the home of the infamous geocache "The Depot." For an article about The Depot, click here. The Needham Town Forest is also popular with mountain bikers. 

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Source Data

My KMZ map is from the Town of Needham map:
See below for more information


[Due to the rotation needed to align the map with true north, it is not possible to generate a Google Maps / iPhone version of this map. Since this is the space where I normally add a link to the Google Maps version, I wanted to add this information here.]



This KMZ map is set to Draw Order 32 so it will show 'beneath' your primary map on your Garmin KMZ-compatible GPS.

Note that due to the wide coverage area of this map, it is actually 6 tiles. Keep that in mind when placing this on your Garmin GPSr - even though this is one KMZ, the number of tiles is limited to 100 across all the KMZ files loaded on most Garmin GPSr models (500 tiles if you have a Garmin Montana or Oregon 600 series).

The images on the left are from a Garmin GPSMAP 78sc with no other maps displayed. The image on the right is from the same device with the Garmin 24K NE series TOPO maps displayed. Note that these screenshots are of version 1 of the map (see version history below). I didn't bother to update the screenshots when I created version 2.00, but trust me, the image is much clearer and the words are not blurry. 




I have posted this KMZ as freeware, so instead of paying me for it, send me a note if you found this file helpful!
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Once you have downloaded and unzipped the KMZ file, you can:

1) Display it on your Garmin GPS receiver by placing the file in the \Garmin\CustomMaps folder on your supported Garmin GPS receiver. For a list of supported devices, click here

2) Display it in Google Earth by opening the file (FILE, OPEN). 



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Version History

Version 2.00 (8/31/2013)
Changed number of tiles from 1 to 6. The original 1 tile version of this KMZ resulted in illegible road names and general fuzziness in the image. This one is much better. 

Version 1.00 (4/21/2012)
Initial release using undated Town of Needham map downloaded on April 21, 2012 (see above).

Map Summary

Site details:
Name: Needham Town Forest
Owner / Steward: Needham Park and Recreation Commission
State: Massachusetts
County: Norfolk
Primary city / town: Needham
Primary city / town zip code: 02492
Other cities / towns in map area: <none>

Area of conservation / recreation land: 252 acres or 0.39 square miles
NOTE: This is my calculation of the extents of the area(s) with publicly accessible trails on the KMZ map. This should be the area available for hiking or other recreation, but it will also include any portion of water bodies, marshes, swamps, etc. within the boundaries of the properties on the KMZ. It would also include inaccessible conservation land within the boundaries, such as a buffer zone of "Do not enter" land around a reservoir.

KMZ details:
File name: Needham_Town_Forest_ver_2.00.kmz
Current version: 2.00
Date published: 8/31/2013
Number of tiles: 6
KMZ file size: 2,140 KB
Draw order: 32
Does this KMZ overlap with any others? No
If so, which ones? N-A
Coverage of KMZ: 853 acres or 1.33 square miles
NOTE: this area includes the ENTIRE KMZ including white space / margins / legend, etc.

GPS coordinates of center of KMZ polygon (not necessarily the center of the map):
N 42° 16.090'
W 71° 15.097'

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