The Forest Wiki
Both Maps
Added in
v0.19 - 4 Piece system
v0.27 - Whole map, replaces 4 pieces
Item type
Cave 2 - Hanging Cave
The Forest Map
Obtained through
Other Effects
More map is revealed
when areas are explored
Max. Stack

The Map is a tool item that helps the player navigate both above and below ground in The Forest. It starts out blank, and will fill out in hand-drawn style while exploring.


It can be brought up by pressing the map key, M by default. Like the survival guide, it has a clip-on reading light. The player's current position is indicated with a red thumbtack. As of v0.65b, the game's exploration objectives and achievements are tied to map completion rather than physical checkpoints, and players cannot make progress on these before they've obtained the map. Therefore, it is advisable to visit Cave 2 as soon as possible to minimize unnecessary backtracking.

The map system has gone through some changes in the games history. When introduced in v0.19, it was a 4 piece system and the player had to find all 4 pieces to complete the map. In v0.27, it replaced the piecing together map and relies on player exploration. The map pieces are still in the game files and can be added with mods or console commands, though they don't work anymore and they are quite bugged.

Completed Maps[]


The map is found in Cave 2 - Hanging Cave, the closest entrance can be found in the main village. When you die the first time, you also get dragged to this location, the place where you are hanging is extremely close to the map, as well as the compass.

Coordinates X:-656 Y:98 Z:1104

Third-Party Maps[] hosts a detailed satellite-style map of the peninsula.
There are also maps that have been created by players/fans of the game that have become outdated. They can be found here.


Update history[]

Version Changes
v1.10 Overworld map now includes mountain area in the far north and improved how many functions
v1.06 Fixed held map looking partially transparent when outside if using unity ssao
v1.0 Tweaked camcorder, map and walkie icons position

New close map, pedometer and rewind icons to replace legacy text

v0.69 Fixed cave map in inventory not showing the hovered outline
v0.65 Fixed issue with accuracy of the map revealing system

Revamped cave exploration tasks, instead of being based of invisible triggers it is now based on revealed map areas, which should make cave exploration tasks clearer and the spelunker achievement possible without cheats Fixed stashing map leaving it active in hand

v0.49b Removed red crosses from overhead map (found photos should show location to explodable caches)
v0.48 Caves – removed old map pick up
v0.36 Fixed cave map clipping through legs while crouch walking
v0.35 Fixed cave map sometimes not loading correctly from saves

(Multiplayer) Fixed cave map positioning on remote players and removed the fully revealed map material Fixed cave map sometimes not loading correctly

v0.34 (Multiplayer) Fixed player_net held cave map looking transparent for other players

(Performance) Reduced memory allocations of cave map revealing system

v0.31 Improved map system: increased map granularity and added simple outside cave location map

Can no longer equip map while on rope Newly discovered map areas now smoothly reveal over 1s instead of instantaneously

v0.29 Water areas added to cave map
v0.28c Fixed cave map not loading correctly when save was done in the outside world
v0.28 Fixed Cave Map not restoring map properly after loading a saved game

(Multiplayer) The cave map and the passenger manifest are passed on to the respawned player when dying Added “Map” action icon when holding map Cave map pickup no longer unequips after a few seconds when picked up

v0.27 New item: Cave map ! Once found, visit cave system to reveal it. Replaces piece together map.

New input action: “Map” Set to M on keyboard and Left shoulder 1 on gamepad (check your settings if you have done custom mappings it won’t overwrite it)

v0.26 (multiplayer) Fixed bug where if one player was holding full map, other players would only see them holding a partial map piece
v0.21 (multiplayer) Fixed map pieces not showing properly for remote players
v0.20 Held map is now more readable under lighter

Circled map cave entrances to make them more clear, and made crosses to blow up caches smaller

v0.19 New item added: World Map (torn apart in 4 pieces to find and combine on crafting mat)
v0.15 New system added (rough) Player point at map. When holding map in cave player will point to his current rough location
v0.13 Cave 2 crayon map drawing with shiny sticker stars on it added as a collectible item. (hint: try and find locations of stars)