About Us

Meet Purple Lizard

Purple Lizard is an independent cartographic design firm dedicated to making beautiful maps of beautiful places. Based in rural Penns Valley, in the heart of Central Pennsylvania, Purple Lizard works nationally on map design projects and has been publishing its own brand of trail maps since 1997.  

Purple Lizard Maps founder and lead cartographer, Michael Hermann, is an award winning map designer whose passion is making recreational maps that are known for their excellence in design and accuracy. He has been recognized as one of the leading cartographers in the United States, receiving six design awards from the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. Michael has published magazine and journal articles and presented on topics of map design at national conferences.

Michael is a past president of NACIS (North American Cartography and Information Society) and past president of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine. He was a former digital cartographic specialist with Trails Illustrated/National Geographic Maps and lead cartographer with the Canadian-American Center at the University of Maine. 

Michael’s favorite genre of map design is recreational maps, because even when he isn't creating trail maps, he likes to explore beautiful places. He can often be found researching the areas he maps by exploring the trails on foot, mountain bike, kayak, canoe, or on the backroads in his truck or motorcycle. Michael believes the best part of being a map maker is actually getting lost in the landscape he is mapping. His goal for Purple Lizard Maps is to help others enjoy their outdoor adventures and encourage them to keep exploring!

Purple Lizard has always supported local outdoor and environmental groups and is a proud member of  1% For The Planet.


Purple Lizard Maps

194 Polecat Rd, Centre Hall, PA  16828