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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park app review: your travel guide



If you are planning to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park then you'll want to make the most of your time. With more than 60 trails to discover you certainly don't want to miss out on the gems. The Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone ensures that you have all the information you need to plan ahead and use while visiting the park. The app has been designed to be quick and easy to use so that even while on the go it can be used as a handy travel guide.

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Find All the Trails

This app makes it possible to discover and then experience all the best trails Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer. It offers information on day hikes with a variety of information on each trail. Scroll through the 60 day hike options and view such details as a trail map, vertical profile, a trail description, a trail rating, trail difficulty, hiking distances, elevation changes, and trailhead information. This information can ensure you pick a hike that is suitable for your activity level and that you prepare properly by wearing and bringing along the right items.

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The information you will find also adjusts with the different seasons offering you weather and climate details. Again this can help dress and prepare correctly for your adventure.


Using the App

There is a lot of focus on maintaining a user-friendly feeling in this app. The app is easy to navigate thanks to the fact it is divided into four different sections of the park. View trails in the West, East, North, and South. All of the information you find can be accessed without the Internet so you can refer to it during your hike. The exception to this is the "Trailhead Locations" map and the weather information that each requires an Internet connection.

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As mentioned this is a great travel guide to use when planning your trip/visit or you can use it while you’re already at the park. It’s extremely versatile. When you are checking out the hiking maps go ahead and zoom in for greater details and pan around to familiarize yourself with the area. Do this before you even embark on your hike to prepare yourself for the journey ahead. The app has recently been updated: changes were made to to support iOS 7, update the park map, and alter the appearance of the app.


Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Pros and Cons


  • Acts as a travel guide
  • Use it beforehand to plan your hike
  • Use it while hiking for information on the trail
  • Provides detailed information on all 60 day hikes in the park



  • Not all features are available offline
  • The maps aren’t very detailed


Final Thoughts

The Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone provides you with a quick and simple travel guide that will help you plan the perfect adventure.


Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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