NY State Parks Explorer 4+

New York State Office of Information Technology Services

Designed for iPad

    • 3.9 • 54 Ratings
    • Free



From the oceanfront shores of Long Island to the mighty Niagara Falls, 250 parks, historic sites, trails, golf courses, boat launches, campgrounds and more are just a few taps away. With the New York State Parks Explorer App, you can plan getaways, explore favorite regions and discover new adventures and cultural gems with easy access to enhanced trail mapping, must-sees, things to know before you go, apparel and merchandise, and regularly updated information about special events and alerts.

What’s New

Version 3.0.1

This new update will now refresh the Empire Pass expiration date on the Wallet screen. There was also a Accessibility text size update on the Search screen.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

IBM i guy. ,

“Where have you been!”

Just downloaded it and was scrolling through the apps. Very nice.

But to my subject line. You should have a “check in”.. the “been there, done that” view. Nice that you have the favorites but tracking and “checking in” would be great.

Also, might have users submit more local suggestions that you can review for accuracy. Did a hike south of Albany the other day. Small preserve with about 5-7 miles of trails but super remote.( Keleher Preserve). If I was In the area and search for beginner/intermediate hikes, would be a great local resource.

I realize that’s a some overlap with other hiking apps but still would be useful.

Otherwise, looks like a very good start.

Dave9284 ,

Solid but needs improvement!

Overall the app is solid. Overall layout could use a update as it seems a bit dated. The basic info provided on each park is good but simple, although again could be a bit more polished ascetically. Empire pass ability is awesome and easy to use! Although the ability to add Empire pass to wallet on iPhone would be nice. There are many improvements that can be made though.

Would highly recommended looking at the National Parks app for some inspiration (overall layout of app, parks visited checklist, interactive maps (showing top attractions, trails, restrooms, etc), offline ability, lists for easier planning of visits, etc)

Must improve map showing all parks in NY and all park maps in general (pdf external link just doesn’t make the cut). Current option of simply selecting by region for all parks leaves much to be desired. The ability of zooming in on location and seeing what’s around would be much easier.

Love NY Parks and look forward to seeing improvements in the parks and on the app!

fabled27 ,

Empire pass

I have been so frustrated with this and unable to add my empire pass to the app. Finally got it to work by deleting the app and adding it again, which brought up a box to allow the app access to my camera. It would be nice if the state parks feature also included DEC parks and campgrounds as we are in the adirondacks and visit a lot of DEC campgrounds. Not just the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation areas.

App Privacy

The developer, New York State Office of Information Technology Services, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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