GIS Information

Software


These files need GIS software to be able to view them. We recommend Google Earth or ArcGIS Explorer Desktop. All shapefile layers are in a Zip file and should be copied or extracted before use. If you are a government employee, you may use Alabama Department of Homeland Security Virtual Alabama's Google Earth software to view data layers.

Data Target


This is data for the City of Athens and Limestone County.

We believe this data to be accurate, but we assume no responsibility of the accuracy. Please report any inaccuracies that you find in the data.

Maps


Interactive Web GIS and PDF maps are located on our maps page.

Downloadable Layers


  • Athens City Limits (polygons)- 10-27-2015 - Shapefile (ZIP)
    • Description: The area covered by Athens City Limits
  • Athens Zoning Districts (polygons)- 8/27/2013 - Shapefile (ZIP)
    • Description: Zoning Districts for areas within Athens City limits governing the Zoning Ordinance
  • Limestone County March 2013 Aerial Photography
    • 6 inch - color
    • Public Domain
    • Cut into tiles by section (approximately 1 square mile)
    • Use a point to select location that you'd like. The dataset this is "Orthophotography" > "High Resolution"
    • Other datasets are also available for download on this website
  • Limestone County Public Land Survey System Grid - Shapefile (ZIP)
    • Description: Section, Township, and Range polygons of all of Limestone County
  • Limestone County FEMA Flood Data
  • National Flood Hazard Layer - October 2014
    • Description: Flood Districts District data for Limestone County with the exception of area incorporated by Huntsville city and Madison city

Data Layers Available for Purchase


Layers must be purchased by section.

Charge $50 per section (about 1 square mile) for all layers. This can be burned to a DVD or copy it to your media.
  • 2009 Aerial Orthophotography
    • 6" color - county wide
  • 2005 Aerial Orthophotography
    • 6" color photography for Athens, 12" color photography for Limestone County
  • 2005 Planimetrics Microstation and AutoCAD formats
    • Includes 1999 contour data, 2' for Athens
  • 2009 LiDAR data
  • 2009 2' Contour data
    • Autocad, Microstation, and Personal Geodatabase (MDB) formats
  • 1999 Panimetric data
    • Athens DGN, Limestone County DXF
    • Athens 2' Contours

Links to Other GIS Data Sources


Geospatial Data Gateway from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - nationwide datasets for:
  • Climate
  • Countywide clips of TIGER Census
  • Elevation
  • Geographic Names
  • Government Units
  • Hydrography
  • Orthoimagery
  • Soils
  • Topo Quadrangle Index
  • Transportation

GIS Alabama - a GIS Data Portal for hosted by the Sate of Alabama with various dataset split by counties

National Map Viewer for U.S. Geological Survey datasets - nationwide dataset of the following and more:
  • Aerial Imagery
  • Digital USGS Topological Maps
  • Elevation Data
  • Hydrography

Web Soil Survey by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - soil data