|highway = path|
|A generic multi-use path open to non-motorized vehicles.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: In use|
|Tools for this tag|
highway=path is a generic path, either multi-use or unspecified usage, open to all non-motorized vehicles. The path may have any type of surface.
This includes walking and hiking trails, bike trails and paths, horse and stock trails, mountain bike trails as well as combinations of the above.
Also included are other modes of transportation like local and regional trail infrastructure non appropriate for motor-vehicles in more remote areas of the world.
This tag is used for paths for which all and any of highway=footway, highway=cycleway and highway=bridleway would be inappropriate or inadequate (or simply not sufficient), but which are nonetheless usable for travel or navigation. They might be not intended for any particular use, or intended for several different uses. Intended uses can be indicated with the various access keys, e.g., bicycle=designated and foot=designated. Check the description about the inadvisability of using the tag access=designated.
If a path is wide enough for 4-wheel-vehicles (width > 2 m), and it is not legally signposted or otherwise only allowed for pedestrians, cyclists or horseriders, it is often better tagged as a highway=track or highway=service.
If you are mapping Public Rights of way in the UK (specifically England and Wales) see UK public rights of way.
|access=*||*||Access values are used to describe the legal access for highway=*.|
|informal=*||yes/no||Distinguish purposedly built paths from informal ones.|
|surface=*||*||Additional information about the physical surface of roads/footpaths.|
|A difficulty rating scheme for hiking trails.|
|A difficulty rating scheme for mountain-biking.|
|This key describes attributes regarding trail visibility and orientation.|
|For marking a way's incline (or steepness/slope).|
|width=*||number||Describes the actual width of a way. By default, values will be interpreted as metres|
Usage as a Universal Tag
Integrated in JOSM:
|Signposted foot and bicycle path|
|Signposted foot and bicycle path with dividing line.|
||Signposted foot and bicycle path with additional permission of mopeds.|
|A generic multi-use path open to non-motorized vehicles, implicitly allowed for pedestrians, cyclists, ..., see OSM_tags_for_routing/Access-Restrictions|
- See also: Highway examples
A path for bicycles and horses could be tagged as:
A UK bridleway could be tagged as:
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- highway=track - for roads for agricultural use, gravel roads in the forest etc.
- Path controversy gives explanation how this is different/similar from highway=footway and other types of ways.
- Approved_features/Path - the original proposal from 2007
- Proposed features/Trail (new proposal) - hiking trail proposal under way