Guide to iPhone Outdoor Apps

By Justin Powell

The true joy and benefit from spending time outdoors is disconnecting from the distractions of daily life and instead connecting with your natural surroundings. Leaving technological distractions at home is, generally speaking, an important aspect of the experience.

Nevertheless, some electronic devices can enhance your family's time outdoors. Key among them are smartphones like Apple's iPhone. These mobile devices are mini computers that can run programs (called apps), provide internet access and feature built-in GPS functionality.

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. We've compiled a list of some great iPhone apps designed to enhance your family time outdoors.

To read more about an app or download it, be sure to click on the iOS app icon!

App Categories:
Trail & Mapping Apps
Camping Apps
Bird, Animal & Plant Guide Apps
Park Guide Apps
Weather Apps
Fishing Apps
Biking Apps
Wilderness Survival Apps
Outdoor Education Apps
Outdoor Publication Apps



Trail & Mapping Apps:

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



Camping Apps:

Camp Finder
Camp Finder - Camping Road Trip, LLC
The Camp Finder app by Camping Road Trip, LLC allows to find campgrounds and RV parks while they are on-the-go.
Price: $2.99

Coleman Campfire Tales
Coleman® Campfire Tales - Marvel Apps, LLC
The Coleman Campfire Tales app provides a series of scary stories to read around the campfire.
Price: FREE

Coleman Classic Camping Cookbook & Meal Planner
Classic Camping Cookbook & Meal Planner - The Coleman Company
Coleman's Classic Camping Cookbook & Meal Planner app provides meal planning, recipes and shopping lists for campsite meals.
Price: FREE

MI Camping and Recreation Locator
MI Camping and Recreation Locator - State of Michigan - Department of Technology, Management and Budget
MI Camping and Recreation Locator is an official app provided by the state of Michigan and that allows families to search for locations for camping and boating.
Price: FREE

NY Campground & RV Park Guide
NY Campground & RV Park Guide - AppFury, LLC
Provided by the Campground Owners of New York, this app allows users to search for nearby campgrounds, see detailed photos and lists of amenities, get special deals and save specific campgrounds to a favorites list.
Price: FREE



Bird, Animal & Plant Guide Apps:

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

Fotopedia Wild Friends
Fotopedia Wild Friends
Candid photographs of European wildlife captured by Wild Wonders of Europe, a photography-based conservation communication initiative.
Price: FREE

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 Guide Apps:

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 Cape Cod National Seashore 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 Grand Canyon National Park
Chimani Grand Canyon National Park - Chimani, LLC
Chimani Grand Canyon National Park is a comprehensive guide to Grand Canyon National Park. The GPS-enabled app features points of interest, an audio tour and trail guide.

Chimani Yosemite National Park
Chimani Yosemite National Park - Chimani, LLC
Chimani Yosemite 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

Fotopedia National Parks
Fotopedia National Parks
Fotopedia National Parks provides a visual slideshow of U.S. National Parks that features 3000 photographs from famous professional photographer QT Luong.
Price: FREE

National Geographic Society National Park Maps HD
National Park Maps HD - National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society National Park Maps app provides detailed maps for 15 popular National Parks.
Price: $4.99

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder™
Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder™ - American Park Network
Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder is an app for searching parks by location and activities.
Price: FREE

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

Pocket Ranger - Approved NC State Parks Guide
The Approved NC State Parks Guide- Pocket Ranger™ - ParksByNature Network
The Pocket Ranger Approved NC State Parks Guide app was created in cooperation with North Carolina State Parks & provides maps, GPS features, activities in each park and event calendars.
PRICE: FREE (Can be upgraded to PRO EDITION for $3.99)

Pocket Ranger - GA State Parks & Historic Sites Guide
GA State Parks & Historic Sites Guide - Pocket Ranger™ - ParksByNature Network
The Official GA State Parks Guide app Pocket Ranger was created in cooperation with North Carolina State Parks & provides maps, GPS features, activities in each park and event calendars.PRICE: FREE

Pocket Ranger - New York State Parks Guide
NY State Parks Guide - Pocket Ranger™ - ParksByNature Network
Pocket Ranger's New York State Park Recreational Guide provides detailed information about parks, access to online reservations, calendar of events and GPS mapping.
Price: FREE

Pocket Ranger - NJ State Parks & Forests Guide
NJ State Parks & Forests- Pocket Ranger™ - ParksByNature Network
The Official NJ State Parks & Forests Guide is powered by Pocket Ranger and features GPS mapping, facility information, calendar of events and more.
Price: FREE

Pocket Ranger - The Official CT State Parks Guide
CT State Parks & Forests- Pocket Ranger™ - ParksByNature Network
The Official CT State Parks & Forests Guide by Pocket Ranger offers cacheable maps with GPS functionality, park information and calendar of events.
Price: FREE

Pocket Ranger - The Official DE State Parks Guide
The Official DE State Parks Guide- Pocket Ranger™ - ParksByNature Network
The Pocket Ranger Official DE State Parks Guide app was created in cooperation with Delaware State Parks & provides maps, GPS features, activities in each park and event calendars.
PRICE: FREE (Can be upgraded to PRO EDITION for $3.99)

Pocket Ranger - The Official KY State Parks Guide
The Official KY State Parks Guide- Pocket Ranger™ - ParksByNature Network
The Pocket Ranger Official KY State Parks Guide app was created in cooperation with Kentucky State Parks & provides maps, GPS features, activities in each park and event calendars.
PRICE: FREE (Can be upgraded to PRO EDITION for $3.99)

Pocket Ranger - Official Guide for Pennsylvania State Parks & Forests
The Official Guide for Pennsylvania State Parks & Forests- Pocket Ranger™ - ParksByNature Network
The Pocket Ranger Official Guide for Pennsylvania State Parks & Forests was created in cooperation with Pennsylvania State Parks & Forests and Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation. The app provides maps, GPS features, activities in each park and event calendars.
Price: FREE (Can be upgraded to PRO EDITION for $3.99)

Pocket Ranger - RI State Parks Guide
RI State Parks Guide - Pocket Ranger™ - ParksByNature Network
Pocket Ranger's Official RI State Parks Guide provides GPS mapping, park information and policies, calendar of events and more.
Price: FREE

Pocket Ranger - VA State Parks Guide
VA State Parks Guide - Pocket Ranger™ - ParksByNature Network
Navigate through VA State Parks with the official guide from Pocket Ranger. This app features cacheable maps and advanced GPS functionality, plus detailed information about each park.
Price: FREE

Pocket Ranger - WY State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails Guide
WY State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails Guide - Pocket Ranger™ - ParksByNature Network
Pocket Ranger's Official WY State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails Guide is a detailed resource offering contact information, park policies, activities, trails, maps and more. GPS mapping also provides a photo waypoint feature to mark the coordinates of landscape views and other outdoor photos.
Price: FREE



Weather Apps:

AccuWeather.com
AccuWeather.com
Price: FREE

Pollen.com Allergy Alert
Pollen.com's Allergy Alert - SDI
Pollen.com Allergy Alert app help adventurers get pollen forecasts for their local area and stay informed of other environment factors like ultraviolet intensity.
Price: FREE

Sun Alert
Sun Alert - Orlin Kolev

The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel®
Price: FREE

Zyrtec AllergyCast
ZYRTEC® AllergyCast - McNeil-PPC, Inc
The Zyrtec AllergyCast App provides local pollen forecasts including top allergens.
Price: FREE



Fishing Apps:

Cabela's Recon Fish
Cabela's Recon Fish - Trimble Navigation Limited
Cabela's Recon Fish helps anglers track their fishing trips, share photos, view weather reports, and mark fishing hot spots. An optional Recon Elite membership provides detailed depth contours for thousands of lakes.
Price: FREE

MyNature Fishing Knots
MyNature Fishing Knots - MyNature Inc.
MyNature Fishing Knots provides an animated guide to common fishing knots and their use.
Price: $0.99



Biking Apps:

B.iCycle - GPS cycling computer for Road & Mountain Biking
B.iCycle - GPS cycling computer for Road & Mountain Biking - Valley Development GmbH
B.iCycle is a best-selling cyclometer app for your iPhone that features maps from OpenCycleMap.
Price: $9.99

cyctastic GPS cycle computer
cyctastic GPS cycle computer for racing, road and mountain biking - runtastic
cyctastic is a GPS cycle computer for racing, road and mountain biking that records time, distance, calorie consumption, speed and elevation of your rides.
Price: $5.99

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 Apps:

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

Bear Grylls - Bear Essentials
Bear Grylls - Bear Essentials - Chillingo Ltd
The Bear Grylls Bear Essentials app provides survival hands-on advice, interactive instruction manual and a wilderness quiz.
Price:$2.99

Bear Grylls - Knots
Bear Grylls - Knots - Chillingo Ltd
Bear Grylls provides a comprehensive guide to knots for many different scenarios.
Price:$0.99

iSurvive Wilderness
iSurvive Wilderness - NNOBW
The iSurvive Wilderness app serves as a reference for outdoor survival and includes information about first aid, navigation and rescue techniques.
Price: $1.99

Wilderness Survival Skills, a Sierra Club deck of Knowledge Cards
Wilderness Survival Skills, a Sierra Club deck of Knowledge Cards published by Pomegranate Communications - AA+
This app from the Sierra Club offers 48 knowledge cards for treating injuries in the field and other wilderness survival skills.
Price: $2.99



Outdoor Education Apps:

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



Outdoor Publication Apps:

Field and Stream Online
Field & Stream Online - The Zumobi Network
Companion app to Field and Stream Magazine.
Price: FREE


Updated: January 19, 2013. Please note that app details and prices are subject to change.