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How To Draw A Radius Around A Google Maps Location

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How To Use A Google Maps Radius Tool

As someone who likes both, Google Maps and hiking, I wanted to find a way to draw a radius circle around a location in Google Maps to show a distance from that point in all directions. I was surprised that Google doesn’t offer such a nifty feature in the Maps Tool. If you are looking for a Google Maps radius tool as well, don’t worry, there is still a way to do this. It’s just not a supported feature, but there is a developer called Oliver Beattie who created a tool to draw circles of a given radius on top of the Google map, simply load this Map instead.

What You Need To Know About The Radius Tool

  • The tool loads the map data from Google Maps, that means it’s just the same but with the radius ring feature added on top.
  • You can not only draw one circle, you can draw several circles on the map, not just one.
  • The site allows you to change the radius value.
  • It supports different units, for example miles, nautical miles, kilometers, metres, feet, inches, yards and a few other units.
  • You can enable a terrain mode for the standard map and you can disable the map labels when using the satellite map.
  • Adding a radius is simply done with a left-click, and removable with a right-click.

Last Words

I hope this article was helpful enough and you like to use it too. Since hiking is probably not the only reason why someone would like to show radius around a point on the map, let me know in the comment section why you wanted to find a radius tool for Google Maps. I am curious, so drop a comment below!

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14 Comments »

  1. This tool helped me in my project where I had to find educational institutions falling in 5km radius from a particular point. Thank u so much for explaining this wonderful tool.

  2. It starts in London. Typing the address in the thing at at the top does nothing. I travelled around to by dragging around to Pennsylvania and clicked a blue circle came up but it was not accurately 35 miles. And if it was off by one or two I could live with that but it was off by 13 miles. We are trying to develop a tool for our customers to see if they are in our delivery “circle” and being off by 13 miles is fairly significant.

    • The map search bar works for me. Not sure why this is not working for you. I am not used to miles, but the kilometer radius seemed to be fairly accurate when I tested it. If you think you spotted some issues of bugs, you migth want to contact the developer of the tool, maybe there are some unknown bugs: https://twitter.com/obeattie

  3. Honey bees fly up to 3km in search of pollen/nectar. Drew a 3km radius around the hive to see if they had good foraging area…. they do.

    • That’s very interesting, I didn’t know that they would fly up to 3km during search 🙂 I do enjoy to photograph them, we have lavender in the garden and the bees take pollen from it. There are also humble bees and in the afternoon they take that much that they get difficulties to fly 🙂

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