The Piedmont Discovery smartphone app – a joint app produced and managed by Greensboro, High Point and Guilford County – just got a lot better with new features and new details on local places to visit. 

The mobile app is a park and trail locater, and on Monday, Sept. 13, the app’s makers announced that it now includes parks, trails and recreational options in Gibsonville, Jamestown, Oak Ridge, Pleasant Garden, Stokesdale and Summerfield.

Guilford County Parks employee Matthew Wallace, who helps oversee trails and parks for the county, stated in the press release that getting people out of their houses and onto trails and parkland has a lot of plusses.

“There are significant social, economic and environmental benefits to promoting parks in our community,” Wallace said. “This project is expanding throughout the county to connect more residents and visitors with parks.”

Now, whatever type of outdoor recreation you’re looking for, the app can probably help you find. Are you one of the area’s many new Pickleball addicts?  It will help you find courts.  Want to take your kid to a playground or your dog to a dog park?  The app will tell you what you need to know.  It also provides information on indoor recreation areas and other park facilities throughout Guilford County.

The Piedmont Discovery app, which is available for iPhones and Android phones, also lets users explore trails based on their difficulty and terrain.

App users can find the parks or trails nearest to them, get directions and connect with local parks department websites.

Pleasant Garden Parks Recreation and Facilities Director David Robinette commented that huge numbers of people use the parks and visit this area each year, and this, he said, is a way for them to learn about the opportunities for recreation and to “see parts of the county that are off the beaten path.”

The public is invited to attend a presentation and app demonstration on Friday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Gateway Gardens Visitor Center, 2800 East Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro.

The app was a joint project launched in 2019 by Greensboro, High Point, and Guilford County, involving recreation departments and technology departments.