Now that the weather has got us thinking about being outdoors, a new app has arrived to help us navigate Ohio’s trail systems.
According to a release, the new DETOUR trails app, crafted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, will serve as a mobile and web-based resource for outdoor adventurers.
“With the DETOUR app, it’s like having a personal trails guide in your pocket,” said ONDR Director Mary Mertz in a prepared statement. “The app highlights nearby trail systems and promotes lesser-known trail gems found throughout the state.”
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For now, trail routes include those managed by ODNR as well as the city of Columbus, Cleveland Metroparks, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Great Parks of Hamilton County, Lake Metroparks, Medina County Park District, MetroParks of Butler County, Wayne National Forest, Metroparks Toledo, Central Ohio Greenways, and Summit Metro Parks. The inventory is expected to continue to expand.
On the app, you can browse featured parks or look for those that are nearby. You can filter any search results by trail type, activity type, difficulty, trail length, and suitability (for example, dog friendly or wheelchair friendly). You can also record trips to track length, time, and speed.
The web app can be accessed by visiting DETOURtrails.ohiodnr.gov. The free mobile app can be found in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.