Tag:highway=path

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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = path
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Description
A generic path
Used on these elements
use on nodes unspecified
may be used on ways
use on areas unspecified
use on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Implies
motor_vehicle=no

emergency=destination

Status: Approved

Description

If you are mapping Public Rights of way in the UK (specifically England and Wales) see UK public rights of way.

A route open to the public which is not intended for motor vehicles, unless so tagged separately. This includes snowmobile trails, ski trails, hiking trails, horse trails, bike trails and paths, mountain bike trails as well as combinations of the above and other modes of transportation.

These routes may have any type of surface.

The default access restriction of highway=path is "open to all non-motorized vehicles (motor_vehicle=no), but emergency vehicles are allowed (emergency=destination)". (Although it depends on each country what vehicles are allowed by default).

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 access=designated keys.

If a path is wide enough for four-wheel-vehicles, and it is not legally signposted or otherwise only allowed for pedestrians, cyclists or horseriders, it is often better tagged as a highway=track.

Tagging

highway=path

Optional tags
Key Value Comment
access=* * Access values are used to describe the legal access for highway=*.
surface=* * Additional information about the physical surface of roads/footpaths.
sac_scale=* hiking
mountain_hiking
demanding_mountain_hiking
alpine_hiking
demanding_alpine_hiking
difficult_alpine_hiking
A difficulty rating scheme for hiking trails.
trail_visibility=* excellent
good
intermediate
bad
horrible
no
This key describes attributes regarding trail visibility and orientation.
incline=* value%
up
down
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

Examples

See: Highway_examples

A path for bicycles, horses, snowmobiles, and cross-country skiing could be tagged as:

A UK bridleway could be tagged as:

Rendering

Mapnik OSMAnd Osmarender
Path osm.png

Dark gray dashed lines

Path osmand.png

Black dashed lines

Path osmarender.png

A highway=path with any of horse=designated, bicycle=designated, foot=designated can be rendered equally to a bridleway, a cycleway or a footway, if desired.

There is a proposal to agree on a extended rendering scheme for any highway=path without one of those.

See also

Related terms: <route> <avenue> <pass> <street> <road> <passage> <trail> <track> <path>