Now When a Fellow New Yorker Tells You to 'Take a Hike,' You Really Can

By Jamie Epstein May 15, 2012

As warm, star-filled summer nights are almost in reach here on the East Coast, residents of the most amazing city in the world — New York City — are attempting to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Biking, relaxing in parks disbursed throughout the city, people watching at an outdoor restaurant or simply taking a long walk around the neighborhood to see how it has changed in recent months, are a few of the most popular activities in the city that never sleeps, and, even in the busy lives of these tech-savvy individuals, everyone is doing their best to take in some fresh -- rather semi-fresh --air. 

Due to the fact that many New Yorkers have iPhones, a brand new and totally free app has just been released that enables them to gain access to over 20 trails located throughout The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, which boasts over 2,000 miles of open trails that the public can use. By the end of the summer, 30 more trails will be added to the application by Trail Conference Cartographer Jeremy Apgar, Newsday reports.

Don’t have an iPhone and still want to get your walk on? Don’t fret, PDF downloads of the maps can be found at, although the app offers some pretty nifty features, including the ability to pinpoint exactly where you are on the trail, as well as highlighting cool spots where you can catch your breath in the shade. For you Android users out there who might be wiping away the tears as you are lost somewhere in the wilderness, cheer up, because apps for the Android and other platforms will be making their debut sometime before the end of the year. Hopefully, you have some supplies with you.

Since its launch early this month, over 1,000 maps have already been downloaded, according to Ed Godell, executive director of the Trail Conference.

Nothing stinks more than finally beginning your hike only to be caught in a vicious rainstorm. To avoid this, be sure to first download WeatherBug Elite, an app that can purchased for a steal at $.99 and features radar, future forecasts, weather warnings, and much more to ensure nothing interrupts your oneness with nature.

Edited by Rich Steeves

TechZone360 Web Editor

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