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Hiking Asheville NC With Your Android Phone

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One of the most well liked sports today that can be enjoyed alone or with family is hiking. It is cheap and doesn’t require any special equipment except a good solid pair of trainers, comfortable attire and most significantly, a map. It is always useful to carry terrain maps of maintained tracks and to take a break continually to test the area. Map-reading is more significant when one ventures off a well trodden path. On adventure walks, plotting a course becomes much more crucial and significantly complicated. Hiking on a deserted natural area alone and without a map is inviting catastrophe as the prospect of getting lost is high. The introduction of GPS-enabled devices changed the way we all travel.

Since the launch of GPS-enabled Android cell phones, the mobile market has gone through a gigantic transition. Among various features of an Android phone, the most valuable is its capacity to function as a navigation device. Android phones have already made a contribution to the amazing transition in the way folk hike. The Android GPS can receive location from GPS satellites with no regard for the location. If you’re in areas with no signal your GPS will work, but you will need a program that stores maps on the phone to utilize it. With an ideal Android hiking app to read pre-downloaded maps even without network coverage, an Android phone turns into a able out of doors GPS machine.

One of the best and must have Android hiking app is the kind that can let you store hiking maps and aerial pictures to your storage card and use it while out of doors even without network coverage. With the use of GPS for navigating, you can see the hiking terrain and your location on those maps. Support for radio-based connectivity is also one of the serious traits of a good Android hiking app. It must enable the user to download GPS maps and info on the go and must also have the capability of storing custom way points. Another critical feature that a good Android app must possess is access to topo maps of USA and Canada among the selection of map sources because all of these maps are free or public domain.

Nevertheless if you download maps using your cellular phone, the correspondent information transference charges incurred will be billed by your service supplier. An Android hiking app with wi-fi capacity is another feature that everyone should look for. This can give users an opportunity to download maps when hooked up to wi-fi hot spots away from home, store it, and then view it through through the same hiking app even in areas without network coverage. Having a GPS-enabled Android telephone together with a good hiking app is really helpful when you go for a hike especially if you’re not familiar with the place. A good hiking app must support current and future Android powered telephones with GPS capacities.

One of the best hiking applications for Android can be purchased and downloaded from the Android Market. An Android phone and a trusty Android hiking app is an ideal pair for hiking fans. It not only guides them with their exact location and point of direction, it also shows them other places which they can add to their list of future walks.

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See the Splendors of the Blue Ridge Mountain Host Region Near Asheville

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is a gateway to the mountain splendor and foothills fun of Rutherford County in the Blue Ridge Mountain Host Region. Off of the Parkway, exit close to the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center between mileposts 384 and 385 and head East on Highway 74-A. Be sure to stop in Chimney Rock Village, where visitors can make a brisk tubing run down the roaring Rocky Broad Brook. Then visit Chimney Rock State Park, lately preserved as North Carolina’s most recent state park.

Perched high on top of Chimney Rock, capture a spectacular view of Hickory Nut Gorge and 720-acre Lake Lure. Visitors can also see Hickory Nut Falls, distinguishable landscape from the final dramatic scenes of “Last of the Mohicans,” filmed here in the early ’90s. Other outdoor activities range all the way from dinner cruises, fishing and water skiing on Lake Lure, to play golf, horse riding and hiking. The town of Lake Lure, NC has long drawn visitors with its inviting lake, beach, golf courses and other recreational prospects. Lake Lure, which covers 720 acres and has a shoreline of roughly 27 miles, is the town’s gem, ringed by mountains in a sparkling setting.

Lake Lure was originally formed by making a dam on the Rocky Broad Stream. It now draws folk to frolic on the beach, swim, boat and fish. On ship tours of the lake, you’ll learn all about the cultural and natural history of Lake Lure, NC, and see some of the locations employed in filming the movie “Dirty Dancing.” Lake Lure hotels, hotels and other accommodations offer a profusion of experiences for the weary traveler. Whether or not it’s a room just steps away from a plunge in the Rocky Broad River, a mountain cabin on a gravel road, a stunning historic hotel, a resort besieged by golf courses and other facilities, a vacation rental on the lake that sleeps fifteen guests, a convention hotel, or a notable camping experience, decisions abound.  And be sure to check out the amazing bed and breakfasts in Asheville, too.

For the foothills piece of your journey thru Rutherford County, stop by the fascinating boroughs of Rutherfordton, Forest City and Spindale – classic American small towns, each with a proud history. Walking the sidewalks of Rutherfordton is like stepping back to a time when things were better… Easier. There are quaint shops and genial restaurants and even an interactive museum for the youngsters.

On Forest City’s Main Street you can enjoy the seasonal flowers, relax by the fountain or take the short drive to the Rutherford County Farm Museum for a taste of standard rustic life in the foothills. When you head up the way to Spindale you can check out the melons at the Rutherford County Farmer’s Market or cool off with a to-die-for milk shake at the vintage pharmacy.

Of course, be sure to journey on to nearby Asheville and stay with us at the Reynolds Mansion, one of the top rated bed and breakfasts in Asheville, NC.