Morning folks !
I noticed someone mentioned Google Earth and some cool tools available there in the growing ginseng section.
Thought I would list a few other sources for maps that I often use when looking over a site I plan to hunt ginseng in. I like to take a printed topo map with me when hunting a site, especially a site I have not hunted before. It is always nice to know what lies ahead when working your way up or down a hollow or along hillsides.
The first site listed below has a nice and easy user interface. You can just drill down into your location and then easily switch between a Standard Map, Topo Map or a Hybrid Image/Map and you can print the maps out in portrait or landscape. I personally use a desktop capture image tool called PrintKey to capture and print exactly what I want.
Check it out when you get a chance. http://www.digital-topo-maps.com/
The satellite images available on the maps.yahoo site below are some of the best I have found. They do not have a Topo _layer_ available but if you want to drill down and view images the ones available there are nice and clear.http://maps.yahoo.com/
Then there is another nice map tool available from the USGS National Map - the latest viewer is available at the _link_ below.http://viewer.nationalmap.gov/viewer/
Hope this helps you out some with your ginseng hunting this year.
If you know of any other cool sites for viewing images or topo type maps - please post.