A number of new smartphone applications aim to help hikers, rock climbers, and adventurers of all kinds make their escapes. The iPhone and Android apps list campgrounds and outdoor activities in an area, and run from free to about $5 each. Some apps, such as Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder, which is free on Apple, focus on public campgrounds. CampFinder, produced by CampingRoadTrip.com, gathers together nearly 14,000 campgrounds.
Many of these apps provide information about attractions in the area, prices, and the availability of other amenities. For the average camper looking for a place to pitch a tent, Google Maps or the turn-by-turn navigation app already on your iPhone may be enough. Both systems have their flaws, though, either including some superfluous hits or missing other camp sites altogether.
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