Best Outdoor and Camping Apps for iPhone

The best iPone apps for camping and the great outdoors

Let's face it, iPhone apps have restructured the way we live our lives, how we travel and how we search for a campground; and camping apps can make going camping a lot easier. There are a lot of great apps and quite a few that aren't worth your download. Our favorite apps help us find a campground, download maps for traveling and suggest a new camping recipe. We love learning new campfire songs and how to tie a knot. And what camper can resist an iPhone flashlight app?

If you are looking for camping or outdoors apps for your iPhone. check out this list of our favorites and let us know if you have a favorite app that helps you explore the great outdoors.

  • 01 of 08
    ••• © Big Nerd Ranch

    This campground app helps you locate and reserve public campgrounds in the United States and Canada. With detailed listings and information on 11,500 public campgrounds, it is one of the more comprehensive apps for finding a campground. It includes maps, directions, and campground listing, as well as RV info, elevations and weather reports. and is the highest rated campground finder in the iTunes store.

    Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

  • 02 of 08
    ••• © Campfire Songs| Scout Apps.net

    This app has a collection of 200 classic campfire songs. It is great for family camping or camping with boy scouts or girl scouts. Songs are organized by type, by an alphabetical index, or by their tune.

    Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

  • 03 of 08
    ••• © Coleman

    Find new camping recipes with the Coleman Cookbook app for the iPhone. You can search by ingredient, type of meal, or by the cooking method. If you love campground cooking, this is a fun app to look at from home, and plan your next camping meal.

    Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

  • 04 of 08
    ••• © Flashlight | iHandy Inc.

    Yep, this app is as simple as it sounds. The Flashlight app turns your phone's light on, so it acts as a flashlight. This app is extremely handy when you are in a dark area and don't have a real flashlight and it also has a compass, so you can find your way in the night. The flashlight app acts as a backup to your real flashlight, which is most likely battery powered. While it doesn't shine as bright and does not replace a good headlamp, the flashlight app is free and very useful.

    Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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  • 05 of 08
    ••• © Roadtrippers

    You can plan a camping road trip with the assistance of the Road Tripper iPhone app. The app will help find places like restaurants, attractions, and accommodations, but our favorite feature is the nature category. Here you can search for beaches, hiking trails, lakes, and forests, or national and state parks within in a range of miles, which you set.

    Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

  • 06 of 08
    ••• © Columbia

    Campers and outdoorsmen might need to tie a number of knots for a variety of reasons but the craft of knot tying has almost disappeared. Learn more than 70-knots in six different categories. This knot tying app from Columbia is the most comprehensive and it's free.

    Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

  • 07 of 08
    ••• © recreation.gov | NPS

    One of our favorite camping apps is the Recreation.gov app. There are apps for almost everything, so it makes sense that there is an app to help campers and RVers browse and locate campgrounds at national parks, forests and other federal recreation facilities.

    Favorite feature: The Recreation.gov iPhone app displays current availability information for federal campsites, cabins, day-use areas and other sites.

    Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

  • 08 of 08
    ••• © Reserve America | The Active Network

    Looking for a campground? Reserve America's mobile app will search for available campsites in state, federal and private campgrounds across the United States. You can search by location, date or amenities, and display search results on a map. To book a campsite, the app will redirect you to the website.

    Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.