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L.L.Bean Introduces ParkFinder


In January, we announced our Million Moment Mission, an initiative to donate $1 million to the National Park Foundation. For each outdoor moment you’ve shared with us in recent weeks, we’ve donated $1 to the cause. This week, we’ve taken our commitment to helping you get outdoors one step further with L.L.Bean ParkFinder.

 

Powered by Oh, Ranger!, L.L.Bean ParkFinder is a database of all Federal and State Managed Public Lands throughout the United States, complete with directions, seasonal tips and suggested outdoor activities. Whether you’re looking for a scenic lunch spot or planning an overnight camping trip, it can help you find the perfect site for your next adventure. Thanks to the thousands of parks and 20 activities listed – from hiking and fishing locations to camping and bird-watching – you’ll likely find the right combination to enjoy a day outdoors.

 

For instance, if you’re a fishing enthusiast visiting the coast of Maine this spring, ParkFinder will give you helpful suggestions for several places to cast your line in open waters.

 

Fishing in Freeport, ME

Regardless of where you are, ParkFinder is here to help you discover the best locations for all of your outdoor expeditions. Once you’ve found a new park in your area and have had your day in the outdoors, share your memories here on the Trail Mix blog, or on Twitter, YouTube or Facebook.

 

Which parks do you plan to visit before the start of spring on March 21? Don’t forget, we’ll donate $1 on your behalf to the National Park Foundation for every comment you leave.

 




  1. Paulette | March 3, 2012 | 6:20 pm

    This is a great opportunity;

  2. Karen | March 3, 2012 | 8:09 pm

    Does this include parks in Canada too or just US?

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | March 5, 2012 | 9:34 am

      Hi, Karen. Currently, the Oh, Ranger! technology doesn’t provide park information beyond the US. ^SB

  3. KC Collins Hummel | March 3, 2012 | 10:09 pm

    DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge. It’s a beautiful place to view bald eagles, migratory waterfowl, wild turket, deer, etc.

  4. Deb from Maine | March 3, 2012 | 11:00 pm

    We’re visiting family in UT this March & plan to stop @ one of the least-visited National Parks, Great Basin (so named because no river reaches the ocean, they evaporate in the high desert instead!) Most surprisingly, Great Basin N.P. contains fabulous underground caverns – accessable year-round.

  5. Bev | March 4, 2012 | 8:45 am

    This is just the tool I have needing in my new home location of Kennett Square, PA. Have already been to a great park in Md. Will post it when I find the name of it!

  6. Kate | March 5, 2012 | 12:07 am

    I plan to visit the amazing Glacier National Park! I’ve yet to explore this park in the winter, and it spring comes slowly in Northern Montana. Hoping to see some bald eagles, snowshoe hares, and maybe even an illusive lynx. There is endless room to ski and snowshoe, and I am looking forward to seeing the Park in this quiet season.

  7. Heather Speaks | March 5, 2012 | 10:26 am

    We plan on going to Wye Oak State Park in MD

  8. Rhon Bell | March 12, 2012 | 8:53 pm

    I love this. I’ve used it twice already. Making some great summer escape plans! Thanks for the outdoors tool!

  9. carolyn stock | April 5, 2012 | 7:56 am

    this is an awesome resource that we plan to bookmark

  10. Ed | April 5, 2012 | 8:13 am

    How about a section on Moose watching?

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | April 5, 2012 | 11:52 am

      Hi Ed, Thanks for your feedback! We’ll take your suggestion into consideration for future updates to ParkFinder.

  11. Cayleu | April 5, 2012 | 8:38 am

    This sounds great and I couln’t wait to try it when I got the e-mail this morning. I entered our zip and the first park that came up is one that is in the wrong location, the info is right, but the location and therefore the directions are wrong. How do you fix that?
    I look forward to using this and have plugged it into my favorites list, but I will probably need to double check directions…

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | April 5, 2012 | 11:52 am

      Hi Cayleu, Let us know which park has the wrong location and we’ll look into it. Thanks for checking out ParkFinder!

  12. V.J. Ike | April 5, 2012 | 9:02 am

    Do you have or arrange any tours of the natrional Parks>

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | April 5, 2012 | 11:54 am

      We do not provide National Park tours, but you can find more information about exploring the National Parks here: http://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/ Thanks for your question!

  13. Paco | April 5, 2012 | 9:03 am

    This is great! I like to go camping in the NE particularly Maine & NH

  14. Alexandra | April 5, 2012 | 9:09 am

    Is this available as an app for smartphones?

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | April 5, 2012 | 11:53 am

      Hi Alexandra, ParkFinder is available as an iPhone app through our partner, Oh, Ranger!

  15. Lee Tirpak | April 5, 2012 | 9:31 am

    Gunpowder Falls in Monkton, MD area – great hiking and fly fishing.

  16. Nicole HH | April 5, 2012 | 10:00 am

    The Park Finder is great. I just found a park 13 miles from my home that I never knew existed. Thanks LLB!

  17. Billy’s Mom | April 5, 2012 | 11:21 am

    LL Bean should put into these parkfinder notes some information about recreating with your DOG. LL Bean sells dog-related items so I know you are aware many people consider their dogs as a part of their family, and we do hike and recreate with our dogs. We also like to vacation with our dogs! The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) does have access for people with their dogs, and we locals have fought long and hard to maintain this access despite repeated attempts by the National Park Service to remove our access with our dogs. So, I personally welcome all Americans to vacation here in the Bay Area, enjoy the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with your kids and dogs and tell the Park Service what a great experience you had! Within a few minutes drive within the GGNRA you will experience some of the most amazing sights and experiences Mother Nature has to offer!

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | April 5, 2012 | 11:57 am

      Thanks for checking out ParkFinder! We’ll be sure to take your suggestion into consideration for future updates.

  18. Peter (Boston) | April 5, 2012 | 11:40 am

    Add yet another reason to love Bean. This is such a great resource. Thank you.

  19. Barb | April 5, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat’l Park in west Michigan was recently voted the most beautiful place in America and it meets all expectations. The vast size and expanse of dunes are breathtaking. There is something for everyone from hiking to fishing. History buffs will love the restored communities and lighthouse tours. Children and pet friendly clean camping and local accomodations are plentiful.
    Additional visits to Traverse City wine country and the straits of Mackinac and Mackinac Island are nearby. Camera ready!

  20. Kit | April 5, 2012 | 12:36 pm

    Activity icons for lodge and/or cabins would be helpful for noncamping nonrv’ing families.

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | April 5, 2012 | 4:23 pm

      Thanks for your feedback, Kit! We’ll take your suggestion into consideration for future updates to ParkFinder.

  21. Leslie | April 5, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    We’ll be at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis this weekend, my husband and I have photos hanging in the gallery there. In May we’ll be off to Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We’ve been in summer and fall but not spring. In February we were at the Grand Canyon for winter pictures.

  22. Charlie M. | April 5, 2012 | 3:33 pm

    Sixty three years ago in June by train from North Station in Boston, a friend and I arrived in Millinocket, Maine with our hand made wooden pack racks, supplies, a pup tent, and copy of the Appalachian mountain guide covering Mt. Kahtadin in Baxter State Park. Hikes to Roaring Brook, Chimney Pond, the Knife Edge, Northwest Plateau, and Russell Pond will be an everlasting vision. Now I see it from I-95 and respect its glory. L.L.Bean archives have those artifacts and chronicle of a long ago but a not forgotten life experience. Pamola is the resident guardian!

  23. Charlie M. | April 5, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    Sixty three years ago in June, a friend and I travelled from Noth Station in Boston to Millinocket, Maine. Carrying hand made wooden back racks, supplies, a pup tent, and an Appalachian Mountain Guide covering Mt. Kahtadin in Baxter State Park we hiked to Roaring Brook, Chimney Pond, the Knife Edge, Northwest Plateau, and Russell Pond. Now I see it from I-95 and revere its glory. L.L.Bean archives hold those artifacts and chronicle of a life experience, long ago but never forgotten. Pamola remains the resident Guardian!

  24. Scott Knowles | April 5, 2012 | 4:11 pm

    You should check the location of the marker for Mt. Rainier NP. You have it located in the Josephine Creek basin in Green Park north of the Sunrise visitors facilities in the northeast quardrant of the NP, and not anywhere near the label of “Ashford” which is outside the southwest (Nisqually River) entrance. You should use either the Paradise area with the Jackson Visitors Center, at 46.78609 deg. N, 121.73512 deg W, or the NPS headquarters west of the town of Ashord, at 46.75530 deg. N, 122.11962, both NAD 1927. As for the description of the activities in the NP, bicycles are allowed in the NP on the roads and in the areas permitted, which includes all the paved roads where drivers are warned to be aware and make room for them, and on the two unpaved roads, the Mowich Lake road from the NP entrance to the campground and the Westside Road from the the junction over Round Pass to the end at the North Puyallup River, a 14 mile trip (a great mountain bike ride too).

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | April 5, 2012 | 4:44 pm

      Thanks for flagging the Mount Rainer National Park error, Scott. We’ll be sure to pass the information you provided along to our developers!

  25. Alan | April 5, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    is there an android version?

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | April 10, 2012 | 9:13 am

      Hi, Alan. An Android version of the ParkFinder mobile application is not available at this time.

  26. AM | April 6, 2012 | 5:56 am

    Our summer vacations have always included visits to National Parks. A great way to see the country and make family memories.

    I couldn’t find any national parks when I tried using the park finder? What am I doing wrong?

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | April 10, 2012 | 9:19 am

      Hi AM, The National Parks are included in ParkFinder. Try using the “Search by park name” feature, or switch to the list view if you’re having difficulty locating a park on the map.

  27. Anne | April 6, 2012 | 6:44 am

    Great idea. I am currently on a quest to visit every state park and Trustees of Reservations property in Massachusetts, but love National Park vacations as well. Looking forward to getting and sharing tips.

  28. David Strom | April 6, 2012 | 9:13 am

    Thanks for the neat new park finder application.

    One small suggestion — you ought to have a simple URL to get to it, like llbean.com/parkfinder (which now returns 404 Not Found). Please.


    Dave

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | April 10, 2012 | 9:05 am

      Thanks for your feedback, David! We’ll take your suggestion into consideration for future updates to ParkFinder.

  29. M | April 6, 2012 | 9:50 am

    Visited the park at Great Falls, VA on a cool, misty morning in late winter — falls, rapids, old canal trail…

  30. peggy | April 9, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    would like to visit anywhere i could watch (probably from a distance if need be) Wolves. they are so maniciefient!!!!

  31. Elisa | April 13, 2012 | 10:00 am

    This park finder is awesome! I do have one quick question though, if a park is run by a community organization is there a way to add it to this list? Or does the park need to be Federally or State managed? There are a lot of wonderful parks that are geared toward communities that aren’t listed here. Will L.L. Bean consider expanding the listing to include non-Federal/State parks?

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | April 19, 2012 | 8:13 am

      Thanks, Elisa. That’s a great question. We’re looking into the answer and will get back to you soon!

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  33. Brenda | November 3, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    sweet!

  34. Lynne O. | November 9, 2013 | 9:29 pm

    Elm Park in Worcester, Massachusetts. It is a local City owned and managed park, which may be why it does not come up on your parkfinder. It is an historic park, dating back to 1854, making it one of the first public parks in the United States. Only one of the parks that came up nearby is an actual park…the others are more or less ball fields and playgrounds, but I think this database is terrific, especially when traveling.

    Thank you, Lynne


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