This web page has links to topographic map examples which illustrate symbols commonly used on maps for cultural and natural features.

Use one of the following links to quickly reach a topic:

  • Boundaries
  • Buildings and Related Features
  • Caves, Mines
  • Coastal Features
  • Contour Lines, Elevations
  • Dams, Reservoirs, Channelization
  • Map Colors
  • Map Names
  • Modifications for Navigation
  • Railroads
  • Rivers and Related Features
  • Roads, Trails
  • Submerged Areas, Bogs
  • Surficial Material
  • Transmission Lines and Pipelines
  • Vegetation Types
  • Boundaries
  • City Boundary
  • County Boundary
  • National Boundary
  • Park or Reservation Boundary
  • State Boundary
  • Township Boundary
  • Buildings and Related Features
  • Airport
  • Barn, Warehouses
  • Campground
  • Cemetery (Example 1)
  • Cemetery (Example 2)
  • Church, Places of Worship
  • Cliff Dwellings
  • Dwellings, Places of Employment
  • Gaging Station
  • Historic Marker
  • Landing Field
  • Picnic Area
  • Racetrack
  • Schools
  • Tank
  • Water Tank
  • Well
  • Windmill (Example 1)
  • Windmill (Example 2)
  • Caves, Mines
  • Cave (Example 1)
  • Cave (Example 2)
  • Mine Dump
  • Mine Shaft (Example 1)
  • Mine Shafts (Example 2)
  • Mine Tailings
  • Mine Tunnels
  • Prospects
  • Quarry or Open Pit Mine (Example 1)
  • Quarry or Open Pit Mine (Example 2)
  • Coastal Features
  • Breakwater
  • Pier
  • Rock, Awash
  • Rock, Bare
  • Rock or Coral Reef
  • Seawall
  • Ship Wreck
  • Contour Lines, Elevations
  • Bathymetric Contour Lines (Example 1)
  • Bathymetric Contour Lines (Example 2)
  • Below Sea Level Contour Lines
  • Bench Marks
  • Closely-spaced Contour Lines
  • Cut and Fill Contour Lines
  • Depression Contour Lines (Example 1)
  • Depression Contour Lines (Example 2)
  • Index Contour Lines (Example 1)
  • Index Contour Lines (Example 2)
  • Intermediate Contour Lines
  • "Jagged" Contour Lines
  • Supplementary Contour Lines
  • Spot Elevations
  • Widely-spaced Contour Lines
  • Dams, Reservoirs, Channelization
  • Dam (Example 1)
  • Dam (Example 2)
  • Dam (Example 3)
  • Dam (Example 4)
  • Reservoir (Example 1)
  • Reservoir (Example 2)
  • Reservoir (Example 3)
  • Map Colors
  • Ice
  • Photorevision (Example 1)
  • Photorevision (Example 2)
  • Urban Area
  • Vegetation
  • Water (Example 1)
  • Water (Example 2)
  • Map Names
  • Places named for an animal
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3
  • Example 4
  • Places named for another place
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3
  • Places named for a distinctive characteristic
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3
  • Example 4
  • Example 5
  • Places named for a landform or geologic feature
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3
  • Example 4
  • Example 5
  • Places named for a natural resource
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3
  • Example 4
  • Example 5
  • Example 6
  • Places named for a person
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3
  • Example 4
  • Places named for a plant
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3
  • Example 4
  • Example 5
  • Places with a humerous or otherwise unusual name
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3
  • Example 4
  • Places with a name from a non-English language
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3
  • Example 4
  • Modifications for Navigation
  • Airway Beacons
  • Lighthouse
  • Lock and Dam
  • Warning Lights
  • Railroads
  • Railroad (Example 1)
  • Railroad (Example 2)
  • Railroad (Example 3)
  • Rivers and Related Features
  • Aquaduct with Tunnel
  • Channel
  • Dams with Reservoirs
  • Intermittent Lakes
  • Intermittent Streams
  • Perennial Streams
  • Rapids
  • Springs
  • Wash
  • Wells
  • Roads, Trails
  • Bridge
  • Divided Highway
  • Ferries
  • Light Duty Road
  • Overpasses and Underpasses
  • Primary Highway
  • Road Under Construction
  • Secondary Highway
  • Trail
  • Tunnel (Example 1)
  • Tunnel (Example 2)
  • Unimproved Road
  • Submerged Areas, Bogs
  • Area Subject to Controlled Inundation (flooding) (Example 1)
  • Area Subject to Controlled Inundation (flooding) (Example 2)
  • Marsh or Swamp
  • Marsh or Swamp, submerged
  • Marsh or Swamp, wooded
  • Surficial Material
  • Gravel
  • Intricate Surface
  • Levee (Example 1)
  • Levees (Example 2)
  • Sand (Example 1)
  • Sand (Example 2)
  • Tailings Pond
  • Transmission Lines and Pipelines
  • Pipe Line
  • Power Transmission Line
  • Telephone Line
  • Transmission Line
  • Vegetation Types
  • Orchard
  • Scrub
  • Vineyard
  • Woods (Example 1)
  • Woods (Example 2)