15 Must-Have Outdoors Apps

While You Hike

BackCountry Navigator PRO GPS: Android, $10

What sets this app apart from your standard GPS is its ability to work with no network coverage. Which is why it may be worth the money. Ranked among the top paid apps in the travel category, this hiking app has over half a million users, and growing. Download the topographic maps beforehand and use them to navigate, no GPS required.

EveryTrail: iOS and Android, Free

Improve every aspect of your trek with this hiking app. Map your route and save it for later, add photos to your map as you go, and share the trips that you take with fellow campers and hikers. 

Leafsnap: iOS, Free

Make a family trek more educational with Leafsnap. This electronic field guide was developed by researchers at Columbia University, University of Maryland and Smithsonian Institute to help you recognize leaves, flowers, fruit, bark and more. High-resolution images make it easy for you and your kids to locate and name each plant you walk by.

Birds PRO: iOS and Android, $9.99

A compilation of 1,029 North American bird species, 3,000 pictures, facts and audio calls make it fun to identify birds as you stroll through the woods. Use GPS coordinates to collect information about where and when you saw the bird, and take a quiz to see how much you know about these singers.

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Jessica Sanders

Jessica Sanders is the Associate Online Editor for ReserveAmerica.com. After many years of camping and hiking in the Northeast, she's exploring what the West has to offer and sharing all of her knowledge with you. She's a s'mores master, campsite connoisseur, writer, runner and lover of all things outdoors.

Jessica Sanders is the Associate Online Editor for ReserveAmerica.com. After many years of camping and hiking in the Northeast, she's exploring what the West has to offer and sharing all of her knowledge with you. She's a s'mores master, campsite connoisseur, writer, runner and lover of all things outdoors.

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