Missouri State Parks and trail users testing trail app
Missouri State Parks is testing the new mobile trail app Easy2Hike, at four of its state parks beginning in October. The four state parks included in the testing phase are Rock Bridge Memorial and Finger Lakes state parks, located near Columbia, Mo., and Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka state parks, located in the Lake of the Ozarks region. Easy2Hike 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.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to test the Easy2Hike app,” said Mike Sutherland, Deputy 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 testing phase will occur from Oct. 17, 2019 to Jan. 17, 2020. Missouri State Parks is asking users to evaluate the app by completing a short survey and answering a few questions about its maps and features. The feedback received during the pilot phase will determine the feasibility of using the Easy2Hike app system-wide for all of its trails.