Orienteering maps are special maps prepared to be used in orienteering competitions. They are based on topographic maps but are more detailed and incorporate a standard symbology that is designed to be useful to anyone, regardless of native language. In addition to indicating the topography of the terrain with contour lines, orienteering maps also show forest density, water features, clearings, trails and roads, earthen banks and rock walls, ditches, wells and pits, fences and power lines, buildings, boulders, and other features of the terrain.
The typical scales for orienteering maps are:
- 1:4000 - Urban maps
- 1:7500 - Urban/Forest maps
- 1:10000 - Forest maps