The Story

outrageGIS mapping began in 1997. Our trail maps are done 'on spec' and funded completely from map sales. We have mapped over 1,330 miles of park trails and have published numerous guides and maps that are distributed nationally. Our parks are scenic and historical treasures so we must leave no trace when we enjoy them. We like to think that our maps help you get lost in nature.


We offer custom GPS, GIS, and cartographic services and operate a full printing studio for offset, oversized maps and small book publishing. We actively promote the development of hiking and multi-use trails in the Bluegrass and beyond. It is on the trail, in exploration, do we find ourselves.

The Map

  • A map is an artistic rendering of Earth.
  • A map is a measurement of our use, expectations, and hazards of our environment.
  • A map is a tool for remembering the familiar and navigating the unknown.
  • A cartographer renders earth in maps.
Any man that walks the mead
In bud, or blade, or bloom, may find
A meaning suited to his mind.
-Alfred Tennyson


We Can Make Your Map

We are an independent developer and publisher of map products for tourism, publishing, E911 services, search and rescue, natural resource management, and recreational uses. While we focus on public areas, we have made maps for a diverse range of clients and purposes. Contact us to discuss your project.


Selected List of Clients

Backpacker Magazine, Berea College, Filson Club, Kentucky Bar Association, Gyula Pauer Center for Cartography & GIS, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. National Forest Service, WKYT, Sportvision, Dos Vatos Productions, Kentucky Rails-to-Trails, Dry Stone Conservancy, The National Park Conservation Association, and the Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association (SEKTDA).

The Team

Boyd Shearer Jr.

GIS, GPS, Design & Cartography

Boyd started outrageGIS mapping while working as a cartographer for the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, where he mapped the social, environmental, and economic conditions of Appalachia. He has published original research on historic parks in Kentucky and has GPS mapped hundreds of miles of recreational trail. He is dedicated to making maps for our national parks and forests. He is an instructor of physical geography & GIS with a research focus in: developing trail difficulty metrics, making 3D maps, and creating real-time park weather maps.

John Thompson

GPS, Production & Publishing

John operates and manages outrageGIS mapping's offset print studio. As a long-time manager of various print shops, he understands production from layout to pre-press to finishing. When he's not printing, he is chef and caterer extraordinaire.

Our Hike Hounds

Jake Iser, Elmer, Eddie Thompson, Serendipity (Dip), Pixel of course, Jake Anderson, Luke Sargent, Poco Reigert, Isabella Hirschowitz, young Libby, young Gibby, good ol Chuco, Sally O'Mally, and Tula (in order of appearance)

Past Interns & Contributors

Mr. Alex Thor - The cartographic hammer on Big South Fork, Cumberland Falls, and Veteran's Park trails

Mr. David Wagner - Cartographic excellence on Cave Run

Ms. Stacey Turnage - Consumer GPS use in GeoCaching

Porter Jarrard - Cartography and GPS

Ari Luis Palos - Videography

Go Explore!

Our Favorite Hikes

Norris Watershed Trail Map
Norris Watershed Trail Map

Norris Watershed Trail Map

Over the past year, we’ve refined a trail map for the City of Norris, Tennessee. The Norris Watershed Trail Map is probably printed by now and offers GPS mapped trails and mountain biking opportunities. The WPA era dam is pretty cool, too.

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Our Blog

Woodland Art Fair: maps for sale!

Please join us for our 17th year at the Woodland Art Fair. New to the fair this year is our Sheltowee Trace map set. We will have reduced prices for our popular map laminations and t-shirts, while they last!

To find us, walk to the Kentucky state icon on the following map:

Our map booth in Kentucky

Our Clients' Maps

Sheltowee Trace elevation profile

Working on the 2020 update of the Sheltowee Trace maps using high-resolution DEMs derived from lidar point clouds. An elevation profile was created by sampling elevation every 264 feet along the 343-mile trail. This profile shows the proposed extension from Burnt Mill bridge to Rugby.

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Recent Photographs & Maps

Kentucky Population density...

Kentucky Population density, 2020 Census with selected racial demographics by Block Group Map:

Cumberland Gap, ridge and v...

Cumberland Gap, ridge and valley, and impact crater The interesting physiography of southeastern Kentucky and southw...