clicked on open game dir, went into my saves folder, then I transferred my map to that folder
That is the right way, but make sure what you are dragging in is a folder with files like
level.dat inside directly, not something like
dir/to/Map/ which has a folder in it like
Parkour, which is the actual map. If there is a
level.dat directly in the folder you dragged in to your
saves folder, you should be good.
Not only that, but the maps that I created are gone as well!
Without more information, all I can suggest is,
Edit Profile in the Minecraft launcher, is the box that says
Game Directory unchecked? (Or, is it correct if you actually use this feature?)
- Is anything under
saves in the
minecraft on a Mac) folder? Access it using the
Open Game Dir button, or go to the search bar and type
%appdata% and find
.minecraft on Windows, or go to
~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/ on a Mac. If not, you likely can't get them back without a backup.