~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida Park Service has developed a free smartphone app – the Florida State Parks Pocket Ranger® app – available for download today. It includes information on the state’s 171 parks, trails and historic sites, with details about campgrounds, amenities, facility maps, directions and more.
In honor of the new app, Florida’s state parks will also offer free entry to state parks on Monday, Feb. 18, to any visitor who shows the app download on his or her smartphone. (Exception: Skyway Fishing Pier State Park in St. Petersburg.)
The app allows visitors to plan an outdoor trip by searching for a park by GPS location.
Once inside the state park, GPS and GIS mapping technology allow visitors to track and record trails, mark waypoints and locate friends within the park. An option to cache GPS maps in advance allows navigation in areas without mobile reception.
• Educational information, amenities, maps and 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.
The new app works in iPhones and Android devices. For more information, visit the Pocket Ranger website.