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Exploring Made Easier with Florida State Park App

May 08, 2017 02:00AM
Smartphone users care invited to download the Free Florida Pocket Ranger® State Park app for on-the-go information, providing advanced maps, photo waypoint feature, built in compass and social media connections.The Pocket Ranger ® app has been updated to include a global-positioning feature that shows the exact proximity of the user to each public-beach access point in Florida, along with information and locations for the 174 state parks and trails.

Park goers can access rich GPS features, such as: -- Advanced GPS Maps, which allow users to access trail data, record tracks from hikes, runs, or bike rides, and view elapsed time and distance traveled. -- Easy-to-cache GPS Terrain Map tiles, which ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception. -- Photo waypoint feature allowing users to snap a photo and mark and record the coordinates of plant life, animal species or landscape views. Post or share these remarkable finds with family and friends with the click of a button. -- Friend Finder feature that allows users to keep track of friends and family around the parks. -- Built-in compass to help direct users through the parks. -- Potentially life-saving Alert feature that supplies users' GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency.

Pocket Ranger® technology also provides plenty of other standard features that make exploring the great outdoors a breeze, including: -- Thorough information on all State Parks including general policy, contact information, activities, trails, park maps and much more. -- Detailed, cacheable maps of park facilities, trails and campgrounds. -- Up-to-date news and information on park advisories and weather information. -- Sharing features that allow users to share current positions, waypoints and recorded tracks via Facebook, Twitter, or email. -- A Calendar of Events, updated in real time, listing all State Park events with the ability to filter by desired park. Users can also create their own schedule that can include any event from any park. -- Access to online reservations that make it easy to secure overnight visits.

Beach Access Information The app provides a comprehensive list of beach access points in each county, and the amenities each access point offers, including boardwalks, parking spaces, restrooms, picnic pavilions and boat ramps. Each section features an overview of each region’s coastal counties and includes a list of state parks, coastal cities, rivers, paddling trails and other points of interest. This app also allows visitors to plan a perfect outdoor trip by searching for a park or beach by GPS location. Visitors can also search by desired activity to find nearby locations to enjoy hiking, camping, boating, birding and more. Once there, advanced GPS and GIS mapping technology allows visitors to track and record trails, mark waypoints and locate friends in the area. There is even an option to cache GPS maps in advance to ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception.

For more information or to download the app visit www.pocketranger.com/apps/florida/explore/.