Map Routes Manager | Show Routes and Trails With WordPress Plugin

The WordPress Google Maps Route Manager plugin lets users place markers to create custom routes and build a catalog of interactive maps along points of interest anywhere in the world.

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This is the ideal route planner to display bike rides, nature walks, or running trails on your WordPress site. With Strava, BuddyPress, and PeepSo integration, route sharing has never been easier!

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RouteMap Plugin Description

The RouteMap Manager plugin lets users draw routes to build a catalog of map routes and trails along points of interest.

Create custom Google Maps to display interactive maps on your WordPress site with this easy to use route planner mapping tool.

Custom maps are an excellent way to visually boost any travel blog or website for outdoor enthusiasts by enabling a simple way to share local routes and location information.

If you’re looking for a way to display multiple locations on one map and connect markers with a custom route, this is the best Google Maps plugin available!


Google Maps Routes Planner and Detailed Mapping Editor Features

This WordPress Google Maps plugin lets users easily create fully customizable route maps through: choosing route direction, localizing route information, adding geographic tags, building multiple travel routes directly within WordPress, and much more.

With the Google Maps Route Planning feature, users can customize map markers and display pictures, descriptions, searchable map markers and other metadata for each map location.

Using the RouteMap plugin lets you display an interactive map with a detailed trail description featuring additional location data like elevation and temperature for locations anywhere in the world.

Maps Plugin Route Page with Google Map and Heights Diagram
Maps Plugin Route Page with Google Map and Heights Diagram

All Routes Displayed on an Interactive Google Map

The WordPress RouteMap plugin lets users track and share hiking, biking, and ski trails, walking paths, running routes, roadtrip maps, and more.

WordPress Google Maps Plugin Route Map Index Page
WordPress Google Maps Plugin Route Map Index Page
Show all routes on a map index page, display maps using map widgets and Google Maps shortcodes to create mobile responsive, interactive maps anywhere on your site.

Through Google Maps integration, the Routes Planner tool lets you easily draw or calculate an optimized trail between multiple locations.


Map Themes and Tiles

Choose from six themes, ranging from minimalist to fancy. Let users change from map, terrain or satellite view on the spot. Apply tiles and show extra information from OpenStreetMap or other services.

Create a beautiful map and attract more visitors!

Six Map Routes Themes
Six Map Routes Themes

Share and Migrate Routes: Import & Export KML and GPX Files

Route Showing Location Taken from GPS Navigation Device
Route Showing Location Taken from GPS Navigation Device
Routes created within the route mapping plugin can be shared and used on mobile devices by transferring a KML or GPX file to a mobile route tracking app, such as Strava or MapMyHike. Importing multiple routes via CSV files is also possible.

Import Locations from a Navigation Device

The RouteMap plugin imports GPX and KML files from navigation devices such a Garmin, Magellan, eTrex and other popular handheld GPS devices.

This way you can start building a map from a route you've already completed.

Route Showing Location Taken from GPS Navigation Device
Route Showing Location Taken from GPS Navigation Device

Import Multiple Routes

Sample CSV file
Sample CSV file
Add hundreds of routes at once via a CSV file.

Include name, description, tags, author, a GPX file link for each item and more.


Draw and Customize Map Routes Directly on Google Map

You can use the RouteMap for WordPress to draw walking paths, hiking trails, mountain bike routes, city walks, roadtrip routes, off road trails and more.

You can adjust the build map functionality to automatically show the best route as you drop route markers or choose to manually draw your own map route and route direction with your personally defined trail.

Map marker icons can be customized, and groups of locations can be displayed as a map maker cluster upon zooming out.

Drawing a Route on Google Maps
Drawing a Route on Google Maps

Building Trails and Hiking Site

Learn how to set up the perfect directory of adventures, trails and hikes.

Trail page
Trail page
Our complete step-by-step tutorial shows how to connect the Google Maps API, draw your first trail and even use advanced features such as importing KLM files.

Also enjoy the power of the Custom Fields add-on!

Read: Use Case - Building a Trails and Hiking Routes Sites.


Learn How To Create Routes Community

Read our guides on how to connect PeepSo and BuddyPress with your routes directory!

Letting Users Manage Their Routes in PeepSo Profile.

Building a Community for Trail Routes in BuddyPress Profile.

'Manage routes' tab in BuddyPress
'Manage routes' tab in BuddyPress

Integrate with the Custom Google Maps Location Plugin

The Google Maps Routes Planner plugin can easily be integrated with the Map Locations Manager plugin. This is the ideal solution for building a point of interest (POI) knowledge base complete with detailed route information.

Map Showing Multiple Routes and Locations
Map Showing Multiple Routes and Locations
Integration Benefits

  • Show all map locations and routes on the same map
  • You can control the dimensions of them map
  • Clicking on location directs to the location page
  • Clicking on route directs to the route page

Read more: Integration between Map Routes and Map Locations.


RouteMap Use Case Examples

  • Bike Clubs – Showcase next routes for your team members. Mark important points, add images and description from your adventures.
  • Hiking Communities – Build a whole community based website for hiking. Let users submit trails, vote for the best ones and organize trips.
  • Tournament Maps – Easily add maps with routes and points of interest for the contenders.
  • Niche Community – Integrate with Strava or let users upload GPX & KML files of routes. Create a centralized, structured index page of all routes available only for your closed community website.


RouteMap Plugin Related Use Cases


Using the RouteMap Plugin on your WordPress

  • Google Maps Base – Use Google Maps to draw your own routes.
  • Route Planning and Optimizing – A great way to plan your route and optimize travel through using waypoints and nearby locations.
  • Mark Locations and Waypoints – Add specific locations to a map route with descriptions and images.
  • Display Google Map Trails with Elevation Change – A chart with the route’s elevation gain and loss may be shown directly beneath the route map.
  • Search Map Routes – Search routes by keywords, browse by category, or search in proximity to a specific zip code
  • Upload GPX and KML Files – Upload map routes created on a GPS navigation device or smartphone app.
  • Download Route GPX and KML files – Download map routes for use on a GPS navigation device or smartphone app.


RouteMap Additional Plugin Resources


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RouteMap Plugin Premium Features

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

Draw routes in Google Maps – Plugin uses Google Maps as the base for drawing route waypoints and adding route location marks. You can choose to display the route on Google terrain, satellite or regular map layouts
Six Themes – Six themes including basic, retro, night and fancy themes
Tiles/Layers – Show traffic cycle, transport and more information with additional layers on top of the map via tiles from OSM (OpenStreetMap) or any other service
Add points of interests – You can add points of interest along the route. Each point of interest can have an image and description content. Information can appear as an info-tip on the map route layer
Routes Index Page – All Routes can be displayed in an index page listing all available routes. Routes can be filtered by several parameters. Index page includes both a map with all available drawn routes and a textual list
Upload routes from CSV files – Add multiple routes at once via a CSV file. Include name, description, tags, author and a GPX link for each route
Upload route from a KML/GPX file – Routes can be imported from any device that generates a KML/GPX file. Mobile phones and navigation devices can generate such files
Export route to a KML/GPX file – Routes created can later be exported to a KML/GPX file and shared with mobile devices, other travel sites and navigation aids
Altitude graph – Altitude is added per each trail view and is also accompanied by information such as trail distance, average speed, peak altitude and more
Slopes – Ability to show slopes on the altitude graph. User can choose per route if to show or not to show slopes and from which angle
Images and Video – Images and video can be added to both trail information or per specific locations along the route
Categories – Routes can be assigned to categories and filtered by categories
Tags – Tags can be added to routes and allow filtering of routes by tags
Shortcodes – Several shortcodes are supported. Shortcodes can be embedded in posts as a widget to show a single trail, or used to show a map with all trails in a specific category. Shortcodes can also show a user dashboard with all uploaded routes
Search – Trail description, map locations, and route name can be searched by keywords
Zip code search – Routes can be searched by region using a zip code search. A zip code must be assigned to a location within the route to the zip search to work
Custom icons – Upload your own icons to create custom map markers for locations along a route
Taxonomies – Each route can be indexed under several taxonomies such as route difficulty and route type. Routes can be filtered using taxonomies to sort
Vote for a route – Routes can be displayed with a star rating map widget which users can use to rate each route
Access control – Moderate which role can create and view map routes
CM Reviews Integration – Allow users to rate and write reviews on each route page. Requires the Customer Reviews and Rating Plugin
Translate text labels – Easily modify all text labels and messages appearing on the plugin front-end display
Moderation and Notifications – The admin can moderate routes submitted by users. Admins can choose to receive notifications for new routes submitted by users. Users can be notified when their route is approved
User Dashboard – Users can view and edit all their routes in a user dashboard showing all their posted routes
Tooltips – Users can add tooltips to the route map for each location and can determine the amount of information displayed in the map tooltip. If enabled, tooltips will automatically display once a route loads
Weather information – Weather information can be shown near each location or on the top part of the route description
GDPR Compliant – Provides tools that let users have full control over their data, assisting the admin with data regulations compliance. Learn more

RouteMap Plugin Editions and Pricing

FeatureBasicProAdvancedUltimate
Free $39 $69 $119
Draw routes on a Google Map IncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Add a description and images to each trail IncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Show all routes on a Google Map IncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Import Locations from KML/GPX Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Export to KML/GPX Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Import Locations from CSV Files Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Categories Support Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Tags Support Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Images for route locations Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Search routes Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Search routes by zip Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Shortcode support Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Weather information Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Altitude graph Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Slopes Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Customize Labels Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Access Control Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Set icon per each location Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Taxonomies and category filtering Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Routes moderation and notification Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
On Map Tooltips Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Voting Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
CM Google Map Locations Manager plugin includes Not includedNot includedIncludedIncluded
CM PeepSo integration add-on includes Not includedNot includedNot includedIncluded
CM Google Map Routes Custom Fields add-on includes Not includedNot includedNot includedIncluded
CM Anonymous Posting add-on includes Not includedNot includedNot includedIncluded
CM Strava Integration includes Not includedNot includedNot includedIncluded
CM BuddyPress Integration includes Not includedNot includedNot includedIncluded
Free $39 $69 $119

RoutesMap Plugin Additional Add-ons and Modules

The following is a list of additional modules and addons which can be installed together with the Routes plugin and provide additional functionality

RoutesMap Related Plugins

RouteMap Frequently Asked Questions

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

Can I use the plugin to show driving routes?

Yes. The Plugin can show car, bike and walking trails. You can create a driving route and show it as a route page or embed in a page or a post

Can I use a shortcode to show a route within my post?

Yes. This is part of the plugin’s features. It comes with several shortcodes that support showing a route or several routes together on any post or page

Can I import trails created with MapMyHike or MapMyWalks?

Yes. You can export files from MapMyHike.com or MapMyWalks.com to KML or GPX and import them to the plugin

Can I export a route I have created to use elsewhere?

Yes. Each route created can be exported to a KML or GPX file and used in mobile devices or uploaded to other map sites

How many trails can I store with the plugin?

There is no limit to the number of trails which can be stored

Can I change the language that my users see to French (plugin generated)?

Yes, all of the front-end labels can be changed manually to any language you like. You can even just change the phrasing or the style of english if you prefer something more formal or more casual for instance. This is done through the admin dashboard. Go to CM Maps Routes Manager Pro → Settings → Labels. Click hear to learn more.

Can visitors to the site create and publish routes without being logged on?

Not by default. For non logged in users to publish routes using our plugin you will need the Routes Anonymous Posting addon. You can view the product page for this add-on by clicking here.

Can I choose which routes appear on my site before they're published?

Yes you can. There is a setting in the plugin to enable moderation of newly added routes. To toggle this feature on or off on the admin dashboard, read this documentation article

Google Map Routes Manager Demo

To see the major features of the Google Maps Route Manager Plugin, check out the video clips below. Or try them out yourself on our demo site.

For more in-depth descriptions, visit our Video Tutorial Library or plugin User Guide.

View all locations demo bannerView Routes – Enjoy a series of routes filterable by type and difficulty

Go to Live Demo

EXAMPLES OF SITES USING GOOGLE MAPS ROUTE MANAGER

RouteMap Plugin Image Gallery

Back-end Gallery

Customer Reviews about RouteMap Plugin

@fifewalk at WordPress.org
Excellent Plugin
We run a volunteer based website which is recording and sharing walking routes in our region and this plugin has proved to be ideal. I look forward to see it develop. The pro version is well worth the money!

Sean Makin
Perfect Fit
The CM Map Routes Manager was the perfect fit when it came to sharing walking routes.

@yeverett at WordPress.org
Great Support
The Routes plugin is the best I’ve found for managing trails and maps, combined with Locations plugin. Also CreativeMinds has THE BEST support of any WordPress plugin I have used. I asked two things and they responded quickly and politely, and fixed both super fast! Amazing.

@eliasgarcia at WordPress.org
Great customer after buying PRO version
I had some compatibility problems with my purchased theme, but the guys from CM plugin help me to correct all the issues to make things work. Great help=great plugin!

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