NY State Parks Explorer 4+

New York State Office of Information Technology Services

Designed for iPad

    • 3.2 • 83 Ratings
    • Free



From the oceanfront shores of Long Island to the mighty Niagara Falls, more than 250 parks, historic sites, trails, golf courses, boat launches, and campgrounds 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 including special events and alerts. Discover your next adventure, download the NY State Explorer app today.

Key highlights and recent enhancements include:
• Users can discover new must-see locations with rotating curated content, and will enjoy quick access to park information, including directions, hours, fees and rates, trail maps, and helpful know-before-you-go details;
• Empire Pass holders have the option to digitally add their pass to the wallet within the NYS Explorer app.
• Expansion of the search function so that visitors can search for parks and historic sites from multiple regions at a time.
• Link directly to online camping reservations to book a stay, and
• The option to favorite select properties to receive important updates and real-time alerts.
Interactive map elements now provide visitors:
• Easier wayfinding: When the user's mobile device's location services are turned "on", visitors can easily follow along with where they are on the map;
• The ability to zoom in on and around each map to learn more about the facility;
• Information about trails, park features, and amenities by simply tapping on a trail or icon;
• Trail segment distance; and
• The ability to change base layers in live maps from satellite view, simple street view, or topography.

What’s New

Version 6.0.1

A new Spotlight Event was added

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

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.

cjp7417 ,

App Seems to get Worse Over Time

I can’t search in the app anymore, not sure if they took that feature out or if it’s a bug fix but it’s been like that for awhile now. I have several parks favorited and those are the only parks I can see that aren’t featured on the first dashboard. The app freezes and doesn’t let me scroll so often it’s frustrating and all together resulting in getting rid of the app. The app used to work great for me, I used it mainly to find state parks close to me/their trail maps but it hasn’t been a good app since last year at the least.

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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