A new web app gives hikers, bikers, equestrians and other forest users the ability to search trail stats for the Tsali Recreation Area, the Jackrabbit Recreation Area and two sections of the Appalachian Trail that pass through Nantahala National Forest.
Forest Trail Explorer, provides details such as trail type, length, difficulty and elevation, as well as downloadable trail files that users can view on mobile devices using Google Earth. The app was developed by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station, National Forests in North Carolina and the University of North Carolina Asheville National Environmental Modeling Analysis Center.
The app also includes a section called Learn About Nature, giving users information about ecosystems, forest products, climate and more. This information comes from a regional assessment called the Western North Carolina Vitality Index, which uses metrics to report on the unique aspects of the region’s natural and socioeconomic environment.
In addition, Forest Trails Explorer connects visitors to forest safety alerts and includes camping information.
The Forest Service designed Forest Trail Explorer for planning purposes only. Forest visitors should always carry a map and compass when in a national forest.
The new web app is available at www.nctrails.org.