What's New

Improved performance speed and minor bug fixes.

App Description

Explore the state’s beautiful shoreline with the new Florida Coastal Beaches section! Also, the new GeoChallenge feature is here!

The Official Florida State Parks Pocket Ranger® App was created in a collaborative effort between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Division of Recreation and Parks, and ParksByNature Network™.

Outdoor enthusiasts can now experience nature in a whole new way with this FREE mobile guide powered by Pocket Ranger® technology. This all-inclusive app offers an environmentally friendly way to enjoy the parks. Users can decide which park to visit using a comprehensive list of activities or search for nearby parks or parks within a particular region. Advanced GPS Map technology invites users to track trails, mark waypoints, and locate landmarks in the great outdoors, while interactive features guide users through the parks and keep them informed.

Park goers can access rich GPS features, such as:

•Advanced GPS Maps, complete with an accuracy and distance indicator, 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.

WHAT’S NEW

The Florida Coastal Beaches section offers valuable resources such as:

•A complete list of more than 2,000 beach access points, searchable by Region and County
•Info about each beach access points, shows what amenities are available, and directions
•Beach access points can be searched by the Amenities they offer
•A Good-To-Know section provides beachgoers additional info about things such as Rip Current status, Surf Zone forecast and Florida Hurricane information

The new GeoChallenge feature offers:

•A fun, eco-conscious way to explore the parks, utilizing advanced GPS features to guide users through a series of outdoor sites and destinations, creating the ultimate virtual tour.
•An all new, totally unique way to discover the intrinsic beauty of the parks.
•The opportunity to earn prizes along the way to redeem toward big rewards.

Pocket Ranger® technology also provides plenty of other standard features that make exploring the great outdoors a breeze, including:

•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.
•Plus so much more!

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

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•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.

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App Changes

July 19, 2013 New version 5.1.1
May 06, 2013 New version 5.0
November 30, -0001 Initial Release

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