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Roads for agricultural use, forestry use, etc. Edit or translate this description.
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Group: Highways
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Status: de facto


This tag represents roads for mostly agricultural use, forest tracks etc.; often unpaved (unsealed) but may apply to paved tracks as well, that are suitable for two-track vehicles, such as tractors or jeeps.

If the way is not wide enough for a two-track vehicle, it should be tagged as highway=path.

Do not use tracks to represent unpaved streets in built-up areas [1], that would be considered tagging for the renderer. In this situation, classify them as usual according to the conventions in your country, and also provide a surface=* tag. This isn't to say that tracks are never located in urban areas, many of them are (especially in grass landuse, allotments [2], parks, etc.), but they must fit the definitions described here.

Some highway=track are used for various leisure activities - hiking, cycling, or as jeep/ATV trails.

How to map


To map track ways nothing else than a simple way is required.

  • Add the highway=track tag to it and a name=* if appropriate.
  • To specify the surface of the way use the tag surface=*
  • For the maintenance intensity and construction type the tracktype=<grade1-grade5> key can be used.
  • ref=* may be used for tracks which have a reference number or code


Default access restrictions are country specific and depend on ownerships, landuse and other factors. See OSM_tags_for_routing/Access-Restrictions.

Consider explicit access=* type tags.

highway=track versus other classes of highway=*

Example of an unpaved road that is not highway=track
Example of an unpaved road is Nevada that is neither for agricultural nor forestry use - and therefore not a highway=track
  • See highway=unclassified for minor public roads which connect small settlements, such as villages, hamlets, or isolated dwellings.
  • Residential roads which primarily provide access to multiple residential properties should be tagged highway=residential instead.
  • Roads which provide access to a specific property, such as residential driveways or industrial access roads, should be tagged highway=service or a higher road class.
  • Tracks are generally wide enough to be accessible to vehicles with wheels in two rows, such as tractors, cars, small trucks, all-terrain vehicles, horse-drawn carriages, or motorcycles with sidecars. Consider highway=path for ways so narrow that they can only accommodate pedestrians, equestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycles without sidecars.
  • Where the OSM road class is unclear or undetermined - for example, when mapping from aerial imagery, use highway=road.

Other kinds of tracks

See Track for other kinds of tracks.

Race tracks

If you came here looking for information about tagging race tracks for running competitions, etc, see leisure=track. For motorized racing, see highway=raceway.

iD Editor

Maintained asphalt forestry road. Correctly tagged as highway=track + surface=asphalt + tracktype=grade1. Incorrectly described by iD as "Unmaintained Track Road"

The iD editor preset describes this feature as "Unmaintained Track Road". However, this description does not always match the usage of this tag. Many highway=track used for forestry and farming are well-maintained. There is an interesting analysis by Roland Olbricht of that case posted on the OSMF mailing list.