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DEP's New App Helps Hikers Navigate Ringwood, West Milford Trails

A new app will help hikers navigate New Jersey state park trails, like this one in Ringwood.
A new app will help hikers navigate New Jersey state park trails, like this one in Ringwood. Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson
DEP Deputy Commissioner David Glass and Heather Merring, a Park Service staff member who helped develop Trail Tracker, discuss the tool.
DEP Deputy Commissioner David Glass and Heather Merring, a Park Service staff member who helped develop Trail Tracker, discuss the tool. Photo Credit: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

RINGWOOD, N.J. – Visitors to New Jersey State Parks – including those in Ringwood, West Milford and Mahwah – now have a new tool to help them navigate the terrain.

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry officially launched a new smart device app Thursday to help users make detailed plans tailored to trails, activities and terrain.

The Trail Tracker app may be downloaded to smart devices.

It will assist visitors in finding activities available at state parks and forests during each season, as well as search for trails by difficulty ratings and points of interest, and access detailed geographic maps that provide information on terrain and natural features along trails.

The tool also enhances safety by enabling visitors to maintain their bearings while hiking and by providing emergency contact numbers.

"Having used Trail Tracker myself while hiking recently in Swartswood State Park, I'm confident that all levels of outdoor enthusiasts will find it useful and fun," said Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner David Glass. "With just a few swipes on your device, you can find attractions and plot out a hike to meet your abilities - and know where you are all the time."

State parks in Passaic and Bergen Counites include: Ringwood, Wawayanda, Abram S. Hewitt, Long Pond Iron Works, Ramapo Mountain and Norvin Green.

For more information on the app, visit: www.spstrailtracker.nj.gov or www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests .

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