Apps, Gear, and iTunes Picks for Heading into the Woods
AllTrails (Free) If you're looking for a dog-friendly beach with activities for the kids, AllTrails has you covered. From Muir Woods to the Grand Canyon, AllTrails guides you to great hikes across North America. Find and even add your own trails for hiking, bird watching, cycling, and running, and share your hikes with friends.
Project Noah (Free) Dubbed the digital butterfly net of the 21st century by the Wall Street Journal, this location-based field guide lets you identify the wildlife around you—from birds to plants to bugs— with the help of the Project Noah community. This app is a popular resource among scientists, with a research mission that helps track the world's biodiversity.
SAS Survival Guide ($5.99) The SAS Survival Guide app teaches you everything you need to know to survive, whether you're hiking a mountain or trekking a desert. This app includes tested techniques from survival expert John Wiseman, a collection of photo galleries, a sun compass, 16 videos, and a 100-question quiz to test your outdoor acumen.
Camp Finder ($3.99) For those who prefer a more laid-back camping experience, Camp Finder helps you locate campgrounds and RV parks while you're on the road. The app features 18,000 camping sites, which you can search by location, price, and amenities. Read other campers' reviews and find activities for the family.
Star Walk ($2.99 ) After hiking in, setting up camp, and building a fire, campers are rewarded with a spectacular view of the night sky. The Star Walk app helps campers identify constellations, find the North Star, and spot planets in view. Just point your iPhone up at the sky and Star Walk will tell you all about the glimmering space above.
AccuWeather (Free) Since camping means essentially living in the great outdoors, you're going to need to keep an eye on the weather. AccuWeather offers hourly forecasts and tracks local weather system using detailed radar maps. Plan your activities around the upcoming weather conditions and get notified when it's time to hustle back to camp.
Apps for the Great Outdoors