New Jersey Launches Trail Tracker Smart Device Tool to Enhance Park Visits

Dec 20, 2017

The N.J.  Division of Parks and Forestry has unveiled a new smart device tool to enrich outings to state parks by helping users plan their visits around the park system’s network of trails. The Trail Tracker application can be downloaded to smart devices to assist park visitors in devising detailed plans tailored to trails, activities and terrain of interest to them.

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“The Trail Tracker tool helps visitors find activities available at state parks and forests during each season, 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,” a N.J. Department of Environmental Protection press release explained. “The tool also enhances safety by enabling visitors to maintain their bearings while hiking and by providing emergency contact numbers.”

According to DEP Deputy Commissioner David Glass, who used Trail Tracker while hiking recently in Swartswood State Park, “I’m confident that all levels of outdoor enthusiasts will find it useful and fun. 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.”

Trail Tracker was developed by the Division of Parks and Forestry’s Geographic Information System department as part of a project to map and highlight amenities in the state park system, which has nearly 1,000 miles of officially designated trails.

“The State Park Service gathered information on our vast network of trail over the past 10 years, and now we’re excited to debut Trail Tracker and put this tool in visitors’ hands, too,” said Division of Parks and Forestry Director Mark Texel.

New Jersey’s park system is comprised of 50 parks, forests, recreation areas and marinas, from High Point State Park in Sussex County to Cape May State Park at the southernmost tip of the state. Some trails are designated for foot traffic only while others also accommodate bicyclists and horseback riders.

As the DEP noted, “Hiking opportunities range from the rocky woodlands of the Highlands and Skylands regions to secluded sojourns through coastal marshes, Revolutionary War battlefields, and Pine Barrens forests.” —J.K.-H.

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