A Quick Guide to the Best iPhone Outdoor Apps

Apps and iPhone: Two words that have become not only a day to day activity for most of us, but an obsession. But who’s to say we can’t use our new found addiction to our benefit to further enhance the fresh air and soothing sounds of the dirt under our soles. Not me… – Tony

A growing library of apps have been developed for the outdoor-minded. They range in purpose from mapping to bird identification and everything in between. Here’s a list of some great iPhone apps designed to enhance your family time outdoors.

Trails & Mapping:

AccuTerra
AccuTerra - On Demand Maps & GPS Tracker - AccuTerra by Intermap
AccuTerra provides GPS tracking and on-demand maps for hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowboarding and camping.
Price: FREE; Map downloads cost extra.

EveryTrail
EveryTrail - GlobalMotion Media, Inc
EveryTrail allows users to track their hiking trips and share the GPS tracks. There are also downloadable audio guides.
Price: FREE

iHikeGPS
iHikeGPS - James Associates Inc.
iHikeGPS makes GPS tracks on topographical maps optimized for mobile use.
Price: $7.99

iTrail
iTrail - Justin Davis
iTrail provides GPS recording and sports performance tracking.
Price: $2.99

Bird, Animal & Plant Guides:

iBird Explorer Plus
iBird Explorer Plus - Mitch Waite Group
Awarded Macworld Magazine’s “Best Reference App 2009″, iBird Explorer Plus is the premier bird identification app. It has detailed bird descriptions and 5 hours of audio bird songs.
Price: $19.99

MyNature Animal Tracks
MyNature Animal Tracks - MyNature Inc.
MyNature Animal Tracks is an award-winning app that aids in the identification animal tracks. There is a searchable database of tracks with integrated range maps and animal descriptions.
Price: $4.99

MyNature Tree Guide (Read Review)
MyNature Tree Guide - MyNature Inc.
MyNature Tree Guide aids in the identification of over 200 trees in North America. There is a identification wizard that steps through the identification process.
Price: $4.99

Park Guides:

Chimani Acadia (Read Review)
Chimani Acadia National Park - Chimani, LLC
Chimani Acadia is a comprehensive guide to Acadia National Park in Maine. The GPS-enabled app features points of interest, an audio tour and bus schedules.
Price: $4.99

Chimani Cape Cod National Seashore
Chimani Cape Cod National Seashore - Chimani, LLC
Chimani Acadia is a comprehensive guide to Cape Cod National Seashore. The GPS-enabled app features points of interest, an audio tour and beach guide.
Price: $2.99

Chimani Yosemite National Park
Chimani Yosemite National Park - Chimani, LLC
Chimani Acadia is a comprehensive guide to Yellowstone National Park. The GPS-enabled app features points of interest, an audio tour and shuttle bus schedule.
Price: $4.99

Park Guides
Park Guides - Shearwater Marketing Group
The National Parks Conservation Association free field guide provides information about 50 National Parks.
Price: FREE

Weather:

AccuWeather.com
AccuWeather.com

The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel®

Sun Alert
Sun Alert - Orlin Kolev

Biking:

Ride the City – NYC
Ride the City - NYC
Ride the City – NYC provides bike routes through New York using the OpenStreetMap project. Users can enter start and end points and and a custom route is generated based on current traffic conditions and the presence of dedicated bike lanes.

Wilderness Survival:

Army Survival for iPad/iPhone
Army Survival for iPad/iPhone

Educational:

Let’s Go Chipper
Let's Go Chipper - It's all Good media
Award-winning educational app to aid children in connecting to the natural world around them.
Price: $4.99

Source: Outbound Family

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