Virtual trekking in DuPont State Recreational Forest

By on March 9, 2015

High Falls is among the landmarks at DuPont State Recreational Forest you can visit virtually using Google Maps.

High Falls is among the landmarks at DuPont State Recreational Forest you can visit virtually using Google Maps.

DuPont State Recreational Forest is now offering virtual tours along with some of America’s most important places — its parks, waterways and even battlefields. The tour went online last week in Street View in Google Maps.

The Conservation Fund unveiled a host of sites across the Eastern Seaboard that were hiked, paddled and explored with the Street View Trekker, a mapping tool from Google. The tool allows anyone with a screen and Internet access to journey beyond the road for a tour of iconic American sites where The Conservation Fund played a role in permanent protection, including DuPont State Recreational Forest.

Last year, forest staff and The Conservation Fund borrowed and set out with Trekker, a 4-foot-tall, 40-pound camera and backpack that’s part of Google’s project to create a digital reflection of the world for people to explore and enjoy.

“Our goal is to have the forest be as accessible as possible for everyone,” said Jason Guidry, forest supervisor. “The Street View Trekker allows people who may not ordinarily get to visit DuPont the opportunity to view three of our nicest waterfalls, arguably the nicest in North Carolina, if not the country.”

These spectacular places are now online for the world to see, including virtual tours of eight sites stretching from Delaware to North Carolina.

“We hope that panoramic, fully navigable imagery of these places on Google Maps enables people to explore and learn about these sites of historic significance and national pride,” said Deanna Yick, Google Maps Street View program manager. “The imagery collected with The Conservation Fund and its natural resource partners truly brings DuPont State Recreational Forest to life.”

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