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Best Off-Road Navigation Apps for Mobile

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For travel and hiking off-road, an ordinary navigator is often not enough. There are special apps for Android and iOS.

Using off-road apps, you can build a route by points, specify coordinates and build the way to them.

Off-road navigators contain in their database, as a rule, more non-standard routes, are well adapted to the needs of travelers and hikers.

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Gaia GPS (Topo Maps)

This app is great for hikers and skiers, truck and vans drivers. It has a lot of detailed maps for all countries, including USA, Canada and UK.

The peculiarity of the navigator is that it can be used on a tablet, computer and phone due to quick data synchronization between them.

A few features of the navigator:

  • Searching popular hiking routes for on-road and off-road travel
  • Map creation for skiing
  • Creating your own maps with offline access
  • Access to synchronized maps;
  • Different types of maps - road, topographic, aerial maps;
  • Data display in vector or topographic form;
  • Synchronization of the downloaded data on different devices - tablet, computer, smartphone;
  • Share the traveled route with friends - by e-mail, via SMS, in the social network Facebook;
  • Creating a copy of maps and routes;
  • Building of your own route to a specified point in the coordinate system.

The app stands out for its flexible settings. The user can change units, coordinate types and other parameters.

Pros:

  • Main trails and landmarks on mountain routes are marked;
  • Ability to record their own routes of movement;
  • Display of the current altitude on the map.

Cons:

  • Inconvenient controls
  • Sometimes the route is built in a straight line without taking into account the roads

Download Gaia GPS: Android | iOS

Polaris GPS Navigation

Mobile navigation app for travelers, which will help to build a route on off-road. The peculiarity of the program is that you do not need to register an account and subscribe. Polaris GPS will build a route even in places where there are no public roads.

The app is mainly used in hiking and off-road trips on skis, motorcycle or bicycle. In addition to the navigator, you can use it to track the basic stats of movement - travel time, average speed, distance covered, etc. There is also a compass. For those who go sailing on the sea or river, this will be useful.

Maps are available both online and offline. The latter option will allow you to travel off-road without fear of an internet disconnecting.

Features of the application:

  • Access to a library of vector and raster maps from around the world;
  • You can download an infinite number of maps;
  • Each map is equipped with clear icons and a detailed description;
  • Availability of a built-in compass;
  • Built-in odometer and speedometer
  • Suitable for sailing on the ship
  • Determination of the distance traveled;
  • Separate maps for bicycle travelers;
  • Nautical navigation;
  • Road navigation with street guidance.

Pros:

  • Works without internet
  • User-friendly interface
  • Extended additional features

Cons:

  • The app does not always connect to satellites

Download link: Android

Off-Road Inclinometer

The application is mainly used for off-road driving. With the help of built-in tools you can find out the current roll of the car, the slope of the road on which the driving is carried out.

The navigator has several features:

  • Automatic alerts the driver if the roll of the car has reached critical values (the parameter can be changed independently);
  • Dark and light interface theme;
  • Display in horizontal or vertical format;
  • Choice of vehicle brand;
  • Hiding of unnecessary parameters from the screen;
  • Minimum consumption of smartphone resources.

Pros:

  • Simple interface without being overloaded with unnecessary elements;
  • Determination of the roll of the car in real time;
  • Suitable for off-road driving.

Download: Android | iOS

Avenza Maps: Offline Mapping

The app is suitable for planning hiking trips, for hunting and fishing, making bicycle routes. Several types of maps are available for download. You can create your own routes, import them and use them in other navigators. Geographic coordinates are displayed in several formats.

The Avenza Maps app will be the best option for navigation in the woods and in areas where there are problems with access to the Internet. After purchasing a subscription, restrictions on importing your own maps are removed.

Features and capabilities of Avenza Maps:

  • Determination of the user's exact location using satellite data;
  • Adding notes and photos, linking them to specific points of the route;
  • Editing vector data;
  • Calculation of the traveled distance and accounting of time spent;
  • Downloading maps from 3rd party publishers;
  • Quick technical support for users;
  • Possibility to import the user symbols for the map description etc.

Pros:

  • Satellite positioning without the use of the Internet
  • Ability to download maps for offline use
  • Creating your own routes with notes and photos

Cons:

  • Information on some maps may be out of date

Download link: Android | iOS

Tracky - off-road navigation app

The app allows you to determine the user's current location, sharing the routes taken with others. Several map options are available with online or offline access. The program will allow you to build a route even in places where no one has set foot before. Access to all maps is completely free, you can share your route with other users in real time.

Hiking tracks are recorded regardless of the mode of transport on which the user travels. The app is suitable for hiking, for running, for cycling or driving. Via visual parameters, you can track the current altitude, the distance traveled, the speed of movement. It is possible to create "attention points". They will allow you to quickly find where you parked your car before starting your journey.

Features:

  • Build your own driving route using moving points;
  • Access to pre-builded routes from other users;
  • Clear visual and audible driving route instructions;
  • Quick routing to almost any address;
  • Connection to satellites and maps without internet;
  • Large compass on the main screen.

Pros:

  • Ability to share your route you've traveled with other users of the app;
  • Access to online and offline maps in different formats;
  • Creating "attention points" for important locations;
  • Graphs of speed and altitude.

Download: Android | iPad

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.