The lure of fall activities once the leaves start to change color and the air begins to chill is undeniable, especially if you live in a part of the country where the seasons sashay on and off stage with remarkable flourish.
Although the peace and solitude of the woods has its appeal, the ability to harness CX technologies to enjoy nature’s splendor can be just as attractive – especially if you can take advantage of the latest apps and connected technologies designed to improve your experience while also educating you about the environment around you and keeping you safe at the same time.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the most intriguing apps for fall exploration, and how they can enhance your fun this autumn.
Peep in style
Leaf peepers – the term used to describe the thousands of Americans who flood back roads and forest trails each year to bask in the soft, radiant glow of the yellows, reds, and oranges hanging from tree branches – used to have to rely on a combination of guesswork about temperatures and good old fashioned folk knowledge to seek out the best viewing spots.
That’s no longer the case, thanks in large part to apps like Yankee Magazine’s Leaf Peepr. Leaf Peepr crowdsources photos and foliage reports from across New England to build a zoomable map that plots where the colors are at their brightest.
“While the exact day or moment of when the foliage will peak in an exact location is not possible to predict, the general pattern that foliage development follows every year is more predictable,” Yankee foliage reporter Jim Salge told TripSavvy.
Curious about what kind of leaves you’re looking at? You can use Leafsnap to identify the trees around you, and then mark particularly beautiful spots using MotionX GPS so you can share them with your friends and the leaf peeper community.
Climb every mountain
Maybe you’ve decided to get deeper into the foliage this year and are curious about which hiking trails offer the right mix of challenge and length. The AllTrails app not only helps you map out where you want to go and how you want to get there, but it includes real-time updates from actual trail-walkers who have encountered obstacles like fallen trees or washouts on the path, letting you avoid surprises mid-hike.
While you’re out there, why not get a little geography lesson, too? PeakFinder presents an augmented reality look at the mountains around you by overlaying their names with the image displayed by your phone camera, keeping you both informed and oriented during your fall activities.
What’s that bird?
Leaves aren’t the only cool things you can peep in the fall. Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly what the beautiful bird was that you saw hopping down the trail, or singing at you from a branch high overhead? The Merlin Bird ID app walks you step-by-step through the stages of putting an ornithological name to the wildlife around you, even offering an off-line photo identification feature.
What about the creatures you didn’t see? Don’t worry – Pocket Tracker has you covered when it comes to figuring out the animal trails you come across in the woods.
The fall is a great time to enjoy nature before winter descends and locks you indoors for several months. So get out there and take advantage of these apps that make it that much easier to have fun outside.