RALEIGH — The creators of the free Pocket Ranger mobile app designed for North Carolina’s state parks system have issued a geochallenge to visit as many of the state parks and state recreation areas as possible over the next year.
The online competition by ParksbyNature Network LLC is an alternative to geocaching and makes use of the mobile application’s enhanced GPS-enabled features. The geochallenge entices people to explore up to 40 state park units from the mountains to the coast with the opportunity to earn gift card and outdoor gear rewards.
Participants earn points by visiting state parks and recreation areas, with easy-to-reach parks yielding five points and more challenging, out-of-the-way locales returning 20 points. The first 10 visitors to visit 10 different parks will receive prizes.
The Pocket Ranger mobile app offers all information from the state parks system’s website as well as campground maps, event schedules and GPS-based park maps that can be downloaded and carried into the field. An alert feature provides emergency notices, and visitor groups can share locations through the app while exploring state parks.
For more information on the challenge and to download the app, visit pocketranger.com.