NYS Parks Improves Explorer Mobile App

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) has announced the launch of the latest version of its popular Parks Explorer mobile app, to guide visitors and provide information about helpful orientation when in parks and on trails.

The multiple new enhancements add to the app’s information about destinations and activities available at Empire State parks and historic sites, according to the announcement.

“Since its introduction, the Parks Explorer app has been a useful and easy way to plan your next outdoor adventure, and now with this latest version, it offers an enhanced visitor experience with interactive mapping tools and better wayfinding. “said State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. in the ad. “Whether you’re new to a park or a seasoned hiker on the trails, the new map features will help you explore the parks and discover new favorites more easily. If you love parks and don’t yet have this handy mobile app on your device, I encourage you to download the app today.

New features just introduced include upgrades to trail mapping functionality, such as hiking distance planning using the new trail mileage tool, offline maps to use when connectivity is a challenge and live maps to use over Wi-Fi or with good connectivity.

Interactive map elements now offer visitors:

Navigate more easily: When the user’s mobile device location services are enabled, visitors can easily track where they are on the map; The ability to zoom in and around each map to learn more about the installation; Information about trails, park features, and amenities at the touch of a trail or icon; Trail segment distance; and The ability to change base layers in live maps from satellite view, simple street view or topography.

The app also includes a link to a short video to demonstrate the new mapping features.

Additional enhancements as part of the new version of the Park Explorer app are the expansion of the search function so that visitors can search for parks and historic sites from multiple regions at once, and users will now have a easier access to gift cards and the New York State Parks Shop. .

The New York State Parks Explorer app is a free, easy-to-use resource for visitors to plan outdoor adventures and stay connected to favorite parks and historic sites. Outdoor enthusiasts can learn more about their favorite destinations and discover new must-see places with curated content and easy-to-access park information such as directions, hours, amenities, fees and rates, trail maps, useful information to know before. details of your departure and the possibility of receiving important updates and alerts.

The New York State Parks Explorer mobile app is available for free download for iOS and Android devices.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 78 million people every year. For more information about any of these recreation areas, visit parks.ny.gov, download the free NY State Parks Explorer mobile app, or call 518-474-0456.

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