Chimani Great Smoky Mountains National Park Travel App Review (iOS, Free)

  • Category: Travel
  • Publisher: Chimani, LLC
  • Updated: May, 25 2011
  • Version: 2.5
  • Size: 72.13 MB

Languages: English

Seller: Chimani, LLC

-bug fixes
-content updates
-performance improvements

Customer Ratings

All Versions:
23 Ratings


"The Chimani Guides are really first rate apps...frankly, travel apps don't get much better than these." - Mel Martin, TUAW

"Chimani's National Parks apps are a worthwhile addition to your smartphone." - Casey Schreiner,

Over 270 unique points of interest (POIs) throughout Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A 60+ minute audio/auto tour, GPS-enabled/custom-made map which work without a cell/wifi connection, daily Ranger-Led events schedule, sunrise/sunsets data for over a year, 125+ photographs, 45 hiking trail descriptions, waterfalls guide, a special Safety section, and details on camping, bicycling, fishing, horse riding, restrooms, and picnicking.


+ Content has been written by a professional travel writer - not copy-and-pasted from the Park Service website!
+ Over 125 photographs of park, featuring the works of Ron Hutchinson
+ Descriptions for 45 of the most popular hiking trails with the park.
+ Unique Safety section which details all the concerns while visiting the park.
+ Location and description of EVERY restroom in the park!
+ Location and description of EVERY picnic area lot in the park!
+ Details on camping, fishing, and horse riding throughout the park!

+ High resolution, custom-made map of the park. 
+ Designed to work 100% without a cellphone/WiFi connection. 
+ Over 30,000 map tiles pre-loaded to allow for detailed zoom levels.
+ All trails labeled and displayed based on National Park Service supplied geographic information system data (GIS)
+ Interactive map annotations. 
+ GPS "where am I" function for the entire Park (does not work on non-GPS enabled devices such as the iPod Touch)
+ Ability to turn on/off all points of interest "layers" on the map. 


+ 60+ minute audio tour by a professional voiceover artist. 
+ 100 points of interest on the HIstory of the Park, Cades Cove, New Found Gap Road, and Roads Less Traveled in the park.


+ Daily National Park Service Ranger-led events are pre-loaded 
+ Includes the time, optional fees, accessibility, meeting location, and description.
+ View multiple days of events
+ Updated on a regular basis


+ Sunrise and sunset data for three of the best locations in the park
+ View any date within 365 days into the future
+ Updated on a regular basis

+ Three "swipeable pages" of National Park Service symbols  
+ Search all content within the app
+ Favorites feature

+ Weekly push notification for Great Smoky Mountains National Park events, alerts and facts.
+ Update notifications as soon as they are available

Customer Reviews

  • Hiker

    by Calhoosier

    Loved having this app while visiting the Smoky's. I discovered trails and falls. I even used it while hiking, when I was momentarily lost.

  • Great app

    by nababyna

    My son and I visited the Smokies to do a little hiking. This app was invaluable in identifying the trails that suited our needs and skill level.

  • Excellent app

    by Spikeehair

    This is an excellent app, and it does have maps. Ignore the idiot who can't see the giant map icon right on the home screen. In fact, I love how you can go into a sub category, say waterfalls, and click on the map icon on the right upper corner to filter out only waterfalls on the map. The app also doesn't need internet connection to run. It was especially cool during the driving tour when I hooked the iPad to the car's audio system. I could drag along the map, see the attractions coming up and click on it to go into the details, then click on the audio icon to play the tour for everyone in the car. If only they could add some music in the background, it would feel like the official national park tour. Overall, a great app, especially for a free one.

  • Love it!

    by Hike moms

    Awesome app. Have been to park many times but discovered some new trails with app. Easy to use and love the map feature with locator. Nice way to find trails suitable for the whole family.

  • Highly recommended for quick info.

    by SmokyMtnMom

    Very useful, easy to use and concise info. We're on our last day of a wk long vacation & have used the app literally every day for trailhead info, hike descriptions & distances.

  • No map

    by summer0104

    Many useless pictures. Totally unusable!

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