The Granby Land Trust has undertaken a massive remapping effort on all of its hiking trails. The result is a series of new, interactive maps that can track you, via your phone or tablet’s GPS, so that you can always locate yourself on the trail.
GLT member Steve Perry has been loading all GLT trails into Avenza Maps, a mobile app that allows you to download maps for offline use on iOS or Android phones and tablets. With the Avenza Maps app, you can use your device’s built-in GPS to track your location, even when you are out of range of a network or internet connection. The app is free for recreational use.
In addition, a team of GLT members has been “boots on the ground,” clearing blow-downs, cutting back overgrowth, and marking trails with new, brightly-colored directional markers. The organization also is creating vivid new print maps for all of its hiking properties. “We want to make our properties as welcoming and easy to navigate as possible,” says GLT President Rick Orluk.
Currently, you can use the Avenza app to navigate the Seth and Lucy Holcombe Preserve on Silver Street, the Western Barndoor Hill Preserve on Kettle Pond Lane (please park on Barndoor Hills Road), and the Godard Preserve on Donahue Road. Soon, the Mary Edwards Mountain Property on Mountain Road will be remapped and available in Avenza as well.
Downloading the Avenza Maps app
You can download the Avenza Maps app from your app store (both iOS and Android). Click “allow” to give it access to your location. You do not need to sign in. You can simply go to the Avenza store (within the app), search for Granby Land Trust, and download GLT maps for free. You may load up to three maps at any given time for free; and these maps can be swapped out as often as you like.
More detailed directions on Avenza maps can be found at: granbylandtrust.org, where you can find the latest versions of the print trail maps, if needed.
The GLT hopes this makes it easier for you to get outside, get some fresh air and exercise, and enjoy the beauty of some of Granby’s most beautiful properties. See you out on the trails!