A new Trails App gives users information on the over 180 miles of trails in the Allegheny County Parks System. Using their mobile devices, residents and visitors alike will be able to discover and navigate park trails both in advance of a hike, and while in the park too. The app focuses on navigation information for all users at each of the county’s nine parks. All trails – blazed, unmarked and paved – are shown in the map. Information on the blazed trails also includes length and difficulty (based on a hiker’s perspective). When the mobile device’s GPS is turned on, the app can also provide live elevation information when on a blazed trail. Additionally, users will have access to current weather conditions, alerts and upcoming forecasts from the National Weather Service. Work on future versions of the app will include information on trailheads, parking options, shelters and restroom facilities. The map-based, GPS-enabled app is available and free to download in the Apple App Store for iOS users, and the Google Play Store for android devices.
Feedback on the tool via email is appreciated by the County’s GIS Division.