Planning a trip to a state park or trail? Now, smartphone users can download the Florida State Park app for on-the-go information.
The Florida Park Service is pleased to partner with ParksByNature Network™ and PocketRanger.com to provide visitors and Florida state park enthusiasts with a FREE smartphone app, available to download today.
This interactive guide gives users access to all state parks and trails with detailed information, amenities, facility maps and directions. Plan that perfect outdoor trip by searching for a park by GPS location or activity to find nearby locations to enjoy hiking, camping, boating, birding and more. Once you're there, advanced GPS and GIS mapping technology allows you to track and record trails, mark waypoints and locate your friends within the parks. You can even cache GPS maps in advance to ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception.
The app provides plenty of other features to maximize outdoor adventure:
- Educational info, amenities, maps & directions.
- Real-time Calendar of Events.
- News, advisories, and weather alerts.
- Social networking and photo sharing.
- Potentially life-saving Alert feature.
- Advanced GPS mapping features.
- Record trail distance and time elapsed.
- Recall, post or share saved data.
- Friend Finder.
- Built-in compass.
New! The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Coastal Management Program has expanded its Coastal Access Guide into an app for your iPhone or Android phone. Before you leave for the beach you can find public access points by region, or county. Just download the "Official Florida State Parks and Beaches" app and select Florida Coastal Beaches. The app divides Florida's more than 2,000 public access sites into three regions, Panhandle, Gulf, or Atlantic, for ease of use. The app provides a comprehensive list of beach access points in each county along with the amenities each access point offers, including boardwalks, number of parking spaces, restrooms, picnic pavilions or lifeguard attendance. The app provides general information on the Department's coastal management program and NOAA's marine debris program. Data collection for the coastal access guide was funded by NOAA.
The Florida State Parks Pocket RangerÂ® is available now on iTunes, Android Market and PocketRanger.com PocketRanger.com provides a step-by-step tutorial for using the app. Access to an internet or WIFI connection is required when downloading the app.
A mobile website is also available.