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    New Free App Enhances Visits to Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites

    Even in nature, “there’s an app for that.”  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced a new mobile app for both iPhones and Androids.  The Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger Mobile Tour Guide uses some of the most advanced GPS smartphone technology to provide outdoor enthusiasts with features to enhance their visits.  Developed by ParksByNature Network, the free app is available by visiting Apple iTunes, Android Market or Pocket Ranger Exchange.

    Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites offer gorgeous vistas, a myriad of activities and endless hours of exploration. With the release of the new Pocket Ranger Mobile Tour Guide, discovering places like Cloudland Canyon and Skidaway Island is easier than ever.

    From activity searches and park descriptions to current weather reports and trail maps, Pocket Ranger has a wide range of benefits.  App users can find state parks near them, browse events, apply for boat registration, see campground maps, purchase fishing licenses and more.

    DNR officials emphasize that the app’s extensive features, social sharing options, and safety functions make it a valuable resource for not only park users but also park rangers.  The app’s advanced GPS section allows hikers to track and share their explorations with other Pocket Ranger users, family and friends. GPS plays a pivotal role in the app’s safety functions, including an alert feature that informs designated phone contacts of coordinates in case of an emergency.

    Agency leaders also hope that Pocket Ranger will help incite a love of nature in children who typically spend a great deal of time inside with electronics.  By using the app, parents can involve the whole family in deciding which state parks to explore during free time.

    To learn more about the free app, visit Pocket Ranger Exchange and for details about Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, visit Georgia State Parks.

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