4 mobile apps for campers

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Screenshots of the USFS and BLM Campgrounds app by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management

Pull out the lawn chairs and tents: camping season is here are and these four apps can help you enjoy your time in the great outdoors.

  1. USFS and BLM Campgrounds app

The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management come together in the Campgrounds app to show you more than 5,800 campgrounds throughout the United States. You can easily find low-cost and/or free campgrounds nearest your location. Each location displays the local weather, elevation, and internet images. You can also download PDF maps of many National Park Service parks and view them over the current map, even when offline. This app will cost you 99 cents. However, the helpful ability to explore campgrounds before your visit is priceless.

  1. What Knot to Do app

Have you ever wondered how to secure your tent with an anchor bend knot? Then download the What Knot to Do app.

"It's knots. It literally is knots, like slip knot, square knot—they're incredible names for knots," tech expert Lance Ulanoff said. "All knots are not alike. Some are meant to get tight, some a meant to slide along like a slip knot."

Learn to tie the perfect knot, whether for fishing, sailing, or backpacking. The app has step-by-step instructions for 70 knots in six categories. The detailed illustrations and the glossary of terms will help make you an expert knotter in no time.

  1. Coleman Get Outdoors app

All that knotting will have you hungry and ready to cook up a meal. Find plenty of camping recipes on the Coleman Get Outdoors app. Find out what ingredients you need and how to plan campsite meals, from cheddar drop biscuits with sausage gravy to maple bacon pecan popcorn balls. Your fellow campers will salivate.

  1. Campfire Songs app

Finish of the night by the fire with the Campfire Songs app. Find lyrics for more than 200 classic campfire favorites. Songs can be found by title and even by type, like patriotic songs. Tap on the musical note to hear a piano accompaniment to the chosen song.

It is a fun end to a fun day outdoors!

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