Download the Official Pennsylvania State Parks Pocket Ranger® app to enhance any of your state park visits!

This FREE all-inclusive outdoor guide was created in a collaborative effort between Pennsylvania State Parks and ParksByNature Network™.

Powered by Pocket Ranger® technology, the app gives outdoor enthusiasts an environmentally friendly way to enjoy the parks. It contains everything you need to plan a trip to the state parks, navigate them once you get there, and share your experiences afterward.

Highlighted features include:

•Sleek user interface (UI) -- more photo-centric home screen design.
•Photo galleries on each park description page.
•A search feature to optimize search capabilities, allowing various ways to search by locations, activities, category, and site name. Making it easier to find the perfect recreational destination.

The app also has rich GPS features, such as:

•Advanced GPS Maps, complete with an accuracy and distance indicator, which allow you to access trail data, record tracks from hikes, runs, or bike rides, and view elapsed time and distance traveled.
•Easy-to-cache GPS Terrain Map tiles, which ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception.
•Photo waypoint feature allowing you to snap a photo and mark and record the coordinates of plant life, animal species or landscape views. Post or share these remarkable finds with family and friends with the click of a button.
•Friend Finder features that tracks friends and family around the parks.
•Built-in compass.
•Potentially life-saving Alert feature that supplies GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency.

Other standard features make exploring the great outdoors a breeze:

•Thorough information on all state parks including general policy, contact information, activities, trails, park maps and much more.
•Detailed, cacheable maps of park facilities, trails and campgrounds.
•Up-to-date news, park advisories and weather information.
•Sharing features for sharing current positions, waypoints and recorded tracks via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
•A real-time Calendar of Events.
•Access to online reservations that make it easy to secure overnight visits.
•Plus so much more!

With the Pocket Ranger® in hand, prepare to bask in the vast natural wonders of Pennsylvania State Parks & Forests!

•The enhanced pro features on the app are designed to function in areas with little to no mobile reception; however, some of the features require mobile data reception in order to function properly.
•Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What's New

Version 6.6.0

Performance enhancements and bug fixes!

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
112 Ratings
112 Ratings

Great App!!


This is a great app, especially if you are an active individual looking to spend some time exploring the State Parks. It has very useful information with detailed park maps and what activities are available/allowed at each park. My only beef is that it "requires" you to turn on your GPS in order to function. Otherwise it defaults to an offline mode that only has maps you may have previously downloaded. I can't figure out why that should be important if you are just researching a particular place. But it isn't a deal breaker for me.

I'm going to get the app for NJ as well since I still live fairly close.

Amazing App

Wishful Wednesday

I've been using this app for a little over a month and it's amazing. I love that you can download the maps ahead of time (really helps when camping with no signal) and you can do a lot of offline things with the app.

The only thing I wish it had was a way to sort activity by proximity to location rather than alphabetical.

Download the app, you won't regret it!

Extremely helpful!!


Very informative, easy to use, and very concise. Real-time weather info is accurate. The trail descriptions helpful. The park and trail maps are perfect. I can look it up on my iPad, do a screen shot, and have the trail or park map there when I need it, cell signal or not. Well designed.


ParksByNature Network LLC
92.7 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Spanish
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Unrestricted Web Access
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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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