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New York hikers have a new app

A new app, for trails in the New

A new app, for trails in the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. (Credit: Handout)

Just because you're going for a hike doesn't mean you have to leave the beloved iPhone at home. In fact, New York hikers have a new reason to keep that gadget close at hand.

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, home to more than 2,000 miles of public trails, has made a good number of its maps available through the Avenza Map Store. Download the free app and you'll have access to 20 trails -- some free, others in the $2 to $6 range. The remaining 30 trails should be available by summer's end, says Trail Conference cartographer Jeremy Apgar.

PDF downloads of the maps are available at nynjtc.org, but the app allows for interactive features such as pinpointing where you are and placemarking notable spots.

More than 1,000 maps have been downloaded since the May 2 launch, says Ed Godell, executive director of the Trail Conference. And Android users need not despair: Apps for the Android and other platforms should be available by the end of the year. Until then, keep your iPhone/iPad/iPod friends close and hit the trails. Goodwell has a great suggestion for the weekend: Take the Metro-North, get off at Breakneck Ridge "and hike up the ridge with our iPhone app in hand."

To get that app: itunes.apple.com

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