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Top 5 Apps Useful For Hiking

Here is my top 5 must-have apps to use when you are hiking, camping, or backpacking!

Gaia GPS | Topo Maps and Hiking Trails App for iPhone, iPad, and Android

Gaia GPS is hands-down the best app for navigation I have found. It is a little pricey at $19.99, but it has been worth every penny. It functions well and has a lot of features that are must-haves. I can't say enough about it, that's why it's #1!

Camp & Tent iPhone iPad Android Application - AllStays

Camp and Tent is Universal (One price for all devices: iPad/iPhone/iPod and one price for all your Android devices) Find Campgrounds that accept tents online or offline. See all places on the map view or look info up by type of location and by city. Includes a image search for campground photos.

Missouri State Parks & Historic Sites Guide- Pocket Ranger®

The Official Missouri State Parks & Historic Sites Outdoor Guide Pocket Ranger® app is now available!

This FREE all-inclusive outdoor guide was created in a collaborative effort between Alabama State Parks and ParksByNature Network™.

Powered by Pocket Ranger® technology, the app gives outdoor enthusiasts an environmentally friendly way to enjoy the parks. It contains everything you need to plan a trip to the state parks, navigate them once you get there, and share your experiences afterward.

Highlighted features include:

•Sleek user interface (UI) -- more photo-centric home screen design.
•Photo galleries on each park description page.
•A search feature to optimize search capabilities, allowing various ways to search by locations, activities, category, and site name. Making it easier to find the perfect recreational destination.

The app also has rich GPS features, such as:

•Advanced GPS Maps, complete with an accuracy and distance indicator, which allow you 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 you 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 features that tracks friends and family around the parks.
•Built-in compass.
•Potentially life-saving Alert feature that supplies GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency.

Other standard features make exploring the great outdoors a breeze:

•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, park advisories and weather information.
•Sharing features for sharing current positions, waypoints and recorded tracks via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
•A real-time Calendar of Events.
•Access to online reservations that make it easy to secure overnight visits.
•Plus so much more!

With the Pocket Ranger® in hand, prepare to bask in the vast natural wonders of Missouri State Parks!

•The enhanced pro features on the app are designed to function in areas with little to no mobile reception; however, some of the features require mobile data reception in order to function properly.
•Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Recreation.gov Camping - Find available campsites

Locate available Campsites at National Parks, Forests and other Federal Recreation Facilities. Perfect for the avid Camper or RV'er looking for a place to stay, today. Instant availability information on Campsites, Cabins, Day-use and other sites. Check for today's availability or for future Reservable dates. Save your search settings to make finding your next stay as easy as opening the App. View Campground details, including the details of each available Campsite. View Photos to help you pick your ideal spot. Reserving your spot is just a touch away to the Recreation.gov website or to the NRRS Call Center.

  • Find a Campground with the available site you need:

    • Near your current location
    • Near a city or address
    • By Name of campground, park or facility
    • With the activities and amenities you like
    • By Arrival date and Length of stay
  • Filter Campgrounds by Campsites:

    • Type of site (RV, Tent, Trailer, Day Use…)
    • Equipment length
    • Hook-up
    • Driveway
    • Waterfront
    • Pets allowed
    • Accessible needs
  • Map and List views of Campground search results

  • Favorite Campgrounds
  • Campground Details including Photos
  • Driving directions to guide you there
  • Summary of available Campsites
  • Campsite Details for each site including Photos
  • Reserve your selected campsite on the Recreation.gov website or at the Call center
MyRadar Weather Radar – Forecast, Storms, and Earthquakes

Thanks to everyone for making MyRadar so successful, with over 17 million downloads!

MyRadar Pro a fast, easy-to-use, weather application that displays animated weather radar around your current location, allowing you to quickly see what weather is coming your way. Our High Definition radar data is processed from raw NOAA weather radar data from the National Weather Service using our custom-designed, proprietary systems and software, offering the clearest, sharpest, most accurate and most up-to-date reflection of precipitation available... easily accessible at the tap of a finger on your mobile device.

Just start the app, and your location pops up with animated weather, allowing you to easily see if rain is headed your way. Our high-res animated radar helps you see weather details even at the closest level!

What's great about MyRadar is that the map is easily zoomed and scrolled around with the flick of a finger, allowing you to quickly check the weather in other parts of the country, including Hawaii & Puerto Rico!

On top of the basic weather, users can get a quick glance of temperatures around the country, as well as overlay a current satellite image of cloud cover. For you aviation buffs, there's a layer that provides Airmets & Sigmets, and even the ability to overlay the flight plan of a particular aircraft onto the map. You can also share interesting weather photos from your area, and see photos other users have contributed neatly displayed on the map.

Additional options include weather warnings and alerts, complete with push notifications, to warn you of severe weather in your area. Great for the start of thunderstorm and tornado season! There's also an optional hurricane tracker, providing excellent details and projections for the path of storms as the season looms near.

MyRadar currently only shows weather for the United States (including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, when HD Radar is enabled).

Download MyRadar today and try it out...!