State Park Mobile App

Explore Florida’s State Parks With New App! 

Florida State Parks recently announced the new FREE mobile application to not only locate State Parks close by, but learn more about the park, download trail guides, use GPS features and much more.  The article included on this page is provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and describes the new Florida State Park mobile app in greater detail.  This new tool is truly a “must have” app for anyone seeking to explore our State Parks and all the Florida nature they protect.

Florida visitors and residents alike should take advantage of this great new tool to explore Florida nature and the many unique species which call Florida home. Outdoor enthusiasts can now explore Florida nature like never before in an environmentally friendly way without the need for printed maps and guides. Users can locate nearby parks and choose one of interest based on a comprehensive list of activities  The new app’s GPS Map technology allows users to track trails, mark way-points, and locate landmarks in Florida State Parks.  Other interactive features help to guide users through the parks and keep them informed on items of interest.

To download the state park mobile app directly without navigating through you app store, you can jump to the source with the links below. You can also select the app store from your smart device and search for “Official Florida State Parks”.

Note:  Florida joins more than 20 other states with this new app.  Visitors to other states should take a moment to explore available apps to see if one is available for their state of interest as well.  To explore the other state park guides on Google Play Store, follow this link: ParksByNature Network LLC State Parks Guides.

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Read the official Florida State Park mobile app release information provided by Florida Department of Environmental Protection below for additional details about this recent release. 

FREE FLORIDA STATE PARKS MOBILE APP NOW AVAILABLE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 12, 2013

CONTACT: DEP Press Office, 850.245.2112, DEPNews@dep.state.fl.us

FREE FLORIDA STATE PARKS MOBILE APP NOW AVAILABLE

~Download app and receive free entry* into a state park on Feb. 18! ~

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New iPhone and Android app is an on-the-go interactive guide to state parks, trails and historic sites.

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has developed a new, FREE smartphone app, available for download today.

This interactive guide gives users on-the-go access to Florida’s 171 state parks, trails and historic sites, complete with detailed information about campgrounds, amenities, facility maps, directions and so much more.

In honor of the new app, Florida’s state parks will offer free entry* to state parks on Monday, Feb. 18 to visitors who show the app downloaded on their mobile device at the ranger station. Visitors are encouraged to download the app this week and plan a visit to their favorite state park or a state park they discovered by using the new app.

Governor Scott said, “This app is a great tool for families to enjoy Florida’s state parks, which provide incredible recreation opportunities to visitors worldwide. Also, this app is great for anyone that’s looking for an easy-to-use guide for enjoying Florida’s great outdoors.”  

One of DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr.’s priorities for the Department is increasing access to state parks and trails for Floridians and visitors. The app allows visitors to 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 there, advanced GPS and GIS mapping technology allows visitors to track and record trails, mark waypoints and locate friends within the park. There is even an option to cache GPS maps in advance to ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception.

“This is an exciting new feature that will increase public access to DEP’s award-winning park system,” said DEP Secretary Vinyard. “Being able to plan your trip to one of our parks, trails or historic sites from your phone makes experiencing Florida’s natural, cultural and historical resources easier.”

The apps provide plenty of other features to maximize visitors’ outdoor adventure:

–          Educational information, 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.

“With the new Florida State Parks Pocket Ranger® mobile app, essential state park information will be in the palm of our visitors’ hands, allowing them to further enjoy the natural and cultural resources our state has to offer,” said Donald Forgione, DEP’s Florida Park Service Director. “We are excited to provide this app so that Florida residents and visitors can have a more in-depth and enhanced experience while visiting our state parks, trails and historic sites.”

New features such as GeoChallenge games and a photo share option will be added in the coming months. Follow FLStateParks on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

The Florida State Parks Pocket Ranger® app is available now on iTunes and Android Market by searching “Official Florida State Parks” and is identified under ParksByNature Network. It is also available on PocketRanger.com and is formatted as a Mobile Website: http://fl.pocketranger.com.

The Florida Park Service partnered with ParksByNature Network™ and PocketRanger.com to create this app free for the public. For a tutorial on how to use the app, please visit www.pocketranger.com. It is recommended to use Wi-Fi or a strong wireless connection when downloading the app. 

To receive free entry, please show the ranger station or staff at the park entrance booth the app downloaded on your mobile device. Mobile App Free Entry offer is available on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 only.

*Skyway Fishing Pier State Park in St. Petersburg is not included in this special offer.

 

Highlights of the new Florida State Park mobile app features include the following:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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