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Missouri State Parks asking assistance from trail users to test trail app

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 21, 2019 – Missouri State Parks is asking for assistance from trail users to test a new trail app. Missouri State Parks is testing the new mobile trail app at four of its state parks. The four state parks that will be included in the test phase are Rock Bridge Memorial and Finger Lakes state parks, located near Columbia, and Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka state parks, located in the Lake of the Ozarks region.

The mobile app being tested is Easy2Hike, which uses Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping to provide detailed trail maps and real-time information about trail conditions, points of interest and other area facts to trail users. Once trail users have downloaded the app and begun using it at any of the four pilot parks, Missouri State Parks is asking those users to evaluate the app by completing a short survey at and answering questions about its maps and features.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to test the Easy2Hike app," said Mike Sutherland, acting director for Missouri State Parks. "We have an incredible trail system of nearly 270 trails with over 1,100 miles spread throughout the state, and we’re looking for the best way to provide the public with easy-to-use trail maps so that they can start exploring these amazing trails."

The Easy2Hike app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App and Google Play stores. The testing phase will occur until Jan. 15, 2020. Missouri State Parks will use the feedback it receives from app users to determine the feasibility of using the Easy2Hike app system-wide for all of its trails.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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