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NY State Parks Explorer App
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Free State Parks Explorer App Connects Visitors with the Outdoors

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation launched a mobile app to provide visitors and prospective visitors helpful information about the variety of destinations, activities and adventures available throughout the Empire State's state parks and historic sites.

Some key highlights include:

  • The Parks Explorer App is free for both iOS and Android devices, available in the Apple and Google Play stores;
  • The app is a user-friendly resource for visitors to plan outdoor adventures while staying connected to long-time favorite parks and sites;
  • Users can discover new must-see locations with rotating curated content, and will enjoy quick access to park information, including directions, hours, fees and rates, trail maps, and helpful know-before-you-go details;
  • Visitors can also save their Empire Pass to a wallet feature for digital payment and entry into many park properties. View the brief how-to videoLeaving New York State Parks [Please note: An Empire Pass can be added to the wallet of one device, maximum.]
  • Link directly to online camping reservations to book a stay, and
  • Users will have the ability to build a growing list of most-loved places and receive important updates and alerts.

Press Release: New York State Launches New State Parks Explorer Mobile App for Visitors

New for 2021:

New York State Parks Explorer App

The latest release of the Explorer app has new mapping tools to orient visitors and provide helpful wayfinding information when in the parks and on the trails. The new features include offline maps for use when connectivity is a challenge, and live maps for use on Wi-Fi or with good connectivity.

Interactive map elements now provide visitors:

  • Easier wayfinding: When the user's mobile device's location services are turned "on", visitors can easily follow along with where they are on the map;
  • The ability to zoom in on and around each map to learn more about the facility;
  • Information about trails, park features and amenities by simply tapping on a trail or icon;
  • Trail segment distance (by long-pressing each trail segment); 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 brief videoLeaving New York State Parks to demonstrate the new mapping features.