How to find abandoned places

So you’ve decided to dip your toes into scouting. Maybe it was a cool video you saw on YouTube, or maybe you just wanted to see what was in that abandon building on the edge of town. Every explorer has a unique story of how scouting has become their hobby.

My name is Theodore, and I’m here to help you help identify locations that need scouting. Today I’m going to show you how to do so using Google maps. I chose this as the first tool to cover because 1) CityXcape is not yet released and 2) a majority of us already utilize this app. This seemingly mundane tool offers a plethora of information that you will find useful while scouting.

Find abandoned places
This map is my personal list of areas to be explored that I’ve found using Google maps.

The first step is to find areas to scout. The easiest way is to find a set of railroad tracks or an established travel way- those are cues. These landmarks are typically strong indicators of nearby treasures such as abandoned buildings and pathways. To show the reliability of my theory, I’m going to utilize an area I’m unfamiliar with. Although I live in Ohio, I will search Pennsylvania.

Use Google maps to urban explore
Start with a global view of the city and begin looking for train tracks.

As you can see, I’ve found a set of train tracks on the North side. I have highlighted it in red. Now I pan the map to follow them until I’ve found what I’m looking for.

use google satellites to urban explore
Start with a global view of the city and begin looking for train tracks.

Following the tracks Northwest, I have found what I’m looking for- neglected civilization. The overgrown lot and shrubbery tell me this is a prime candidate to explore. This building probably hasn’t been used in many years.


Since I couldnt find a street view on the map, I pulled the Street view app to confirm my assumption. The photos give me a clear idea of the interior of the building based on reconnaissance from a scout who was recently there.

Google Satellites to spy

The final task is to save the pin as one of the secret spots to explore when you have time, thats where CityXcape comes in. CityXcape is an app to find secret spots. Not only can you save the secret spots you found to the app, but you can also see secret spots other explorers are willing to share. More importantly, with CityXcape, you can find other people to explore with, making urban exploring a more safe and social experience. Please support me by signing up to become one of the early adopters of the app. Thank you for reading and I wish great future explorations for you.

What have you found today?

Urban exploring
What have you found today?

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