What scale map do I need?

That depends on what you intend to use the map for, but the scale is the first indicator of the balance between the detail shown on the map and the area covered by it.

The smaller the ratio of the scale, the smaller the ground-area covered, so the map should show that area in greater detail; a map at 1:25,000 will cover a quarter of the area covered by the same size map at 1:50,000, but should show it in more detail.
Conversely, the larger the ratio of the scale, the larger the ground-area covered by the map; a map at 1:1,000,000 will cover a considerably larger area than a map at 1:100,000 but show it in less detail.
But please bear in mind that the amount and quality of detail shown on any map depends on the preferences and cartographic skills of its publisher.

Map Scale Samples

1:25,000

1:50,000

1:100,000

1:200,000

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