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Old 07-26-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how to or where do you download State Park, National Forest, Army Corps of Engineer campgrounds info to your GPS system?
I have a less than 6 month old Garmin, have read their website and can't seem to get an understanding of this. It's point of interest is shopping or eating ...DUHHHH
I like and have used the DeLorme Road Atlas for years, it's great for locating these things. WOW am I behind the times or a little dense, but it would be so nice to have them in the system.
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Does anyone know how to or where do you download State Park, National Forest, Army Corps of Engineer campgrounds info to your GPS system?
I have a less than 6 month old Garmin, have read their website and can't seem to get an understanding of this. It's point of interest is shopping or eating ...DUHHHH
I like and have used the DeLorme Road Atlas for years, it's great for locating these things. WOW am I behind the times or a little dense, but it would be so nice to have them in the system.
Does your Garmin not have something in its menu system that gets it to add State & national and other parks location info automatically to it? My TomTom does.
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I'm watching for an answer, too. I ended up looking up campgrounds on line and manually entering them into my Garmin.
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There is a site where you can download POI files to download to your GPS via your computer. It can be found here Some of the files are national and state park info.

Edit: Just found this site that has the files for Garmin. Suspect the ones that are checked as POI would be your best/easiest bet.
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Does your Garmin not have something in its menu system that gets it to add State & national and other parks location info automatically to it? My TomTom does.
Carol, no it does not. It does have historical places, shopping etc. <_<
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There is a site where you can download POI files to download to your GPS via your computer. It can be found here Some of the files are national and state park info.

Edit: Just found this site that has the files for Garmin. Suspect the ones that are checked as POI would be your best/easiest bet.
Carol, what is POI? I see some state topo maps here, do you know if the campgrounds are on them? Curious...Thanks
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Does anyone know how to or where do you download State Park, National Forest, Army Corps of Engineer campgrounds info to your GPS system?
I have a less than 6 month old Garmin, have read their website and can't seem to get an understanding of this. It's point of interest is shopping or eating ...DUHHHH
I like and have used the DeLorme Road Atlas for years, it's great for locating these things. WOW am I behind the times or a little dense, but it would be so nice to have them in the system.
well,,, at least you have one,,,my old school gps,,,map and compass does fine for me,,,but makes my wife crazy.
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Carol, what is POI? I see some state topo maps here, do you know if the campgrounds are on them? Curious...Thanks
POI stands for Places of Interest. Most newer car GPS's allow you to upload to your GPS files containing POI - can be anything from state parks to your favorite gas station or store. For example when traveling I can say to my GPS where is the nearest Costco or Shell gas station? and it will come up on the screen showing me the distant and directions to the nearest one, allowing me to choose which one I want to go to or it can also just put place marks on the map screen showing their location.

I didnt go through the file list on the link as I indicated on my TomTom under options for POI's the state and national parks was already loaded on it I just had to check the box in the options section to include them when it starts up. I do recall seeing a few of the files on the Garmin POI file site did mention parks but the first link I gave to the POI Factory site does for sure have files on state and national parks and those files should work on your Garmin as well.
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POI...Man am I dumb or what, HA! Thanks Carol! I tried to register at the GPS File depot site, it wouldn't take. I'll try again later. That one looked to me to be the best for my purposes. Thank you Carol!
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I have links to many POI sources & editors that let you modify them for different brands of GPSs at the bottom of my Maps & GPS Page.
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well,,, at least you have one,,,my old school gps,,,map and compass does fine for me,,,but makes my wife crazy.
LOL thats the main reason I have one! Nothing worse than towing a trailer in a strange area in the dark and having your navigator announce that none of the streets you are passing by are even on the map as they flip the map this way and that & start searching for that other map they had, only to announce that "oh there it is! we should have turned left 5 miles back" then having to search in the dark to find a safe place to turn it all around! If I know where I am going to be staying ahead of time I plug the address in under My Favorites prior to leaving and can call them up at any time along the way to get an idea as to the real mileage and time to get there etc. Makes a trip way less stressful and best $120 ever spent!

Not to mention that on my recent return trip from the Bandon meet the GPS took me down a very cool side road that I would never have taken before .... when it first told me to turn down it I pulled over to make sure I had the dont use gravel roads option turned on as I wasn't sure I should trust it as I was totally unaware of a road going where it said it did. Now I know about a whole different beautiful area to explore when I have more time on a future trip.
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Does anyone know how to or where do you download State Park, National Forest, Army Corps of Engineer campgrounds info to your GPS system?
I have a less than 6 month old Garmin, have read their website and can't seem to get an understanding of this. It's point of interest is shopping or eating ...DUHHHH
I like and have used the DeLorme Road Atlas for years, it's great for locating these things. WOW am I behind the times or a little dense, but it would be so nice to have them in the system.
On my 8 month old Garmin you click on the POI ICON then click on the recreation ICON ,scroll down to parks and click on parks and you should find what you want.
My Garmin shows federal, state, county and municipal parks, it even shows the roads in the park
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Does anyone know how to or where do you download State Park, National Forest, Army Corps of Engineer campgrounds info to your GPS system?
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I see Carol has put you on the right track. Here's another link in case you can't find the park you want.

ALL US AND CANADA CAMPGROUNDS: STATE PARKS NATIONAL PARKS FORESTS MORE california oregon washington new york pennsylvania more
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I see Carol has put you on the right track. Here's another link in case you can't find the park you want.
Actually I think Steve has them on a better track. Would be very shocked to find a new Garmin didn't come preloaded with that info. Just need to find the right switch which if its like TomTom its well buried.
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