App offers insights into San Mateo County parks and trails

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A new free app provides San Mateo County residents with everything they need to know before they head out to local parks, trails and facilities. The app uses offline mapping and navigation, so users can use it even when cell service is not accessible, county officials said.

County parks and trails are now featured on the OuterSpatial app. It allows users to discover new places, locate parking, restrooms, drinking water and picnic areas, receive notifications about closures, hazards and other timely information, and navigate while on the trail.

Supported financially by San Mateo County Parks Foundation, the new service is useful amid the COVID-19 pandemic. County officials are encouraging visitors to use the app to discover lesser-known parks and trails in order to mitigate large crowds at popular parks such as Crystal Springs Regional Trail, Coyote Point Recreation Area and Edgewood Park and Nature Preserve. The number of visitors to those parks are double what they were last year as residents seek to relax and exercise, the County said.

Photo: San Pedro Valley Park