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Public-images-osm logo.svg guidepost
Marked trail pole.jpeg
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Group: Information
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: de facto


The tag guidepost=* is mostly used in addition to information=guidepost to depict what kind of guidepost it is.

tag description example
When this tag isn't set, it is supposed to be a guidepost for all user groups Signpost.jpg
For simple guidepost only consisting of a pole with either a trail mark or an arrow (without text or distances) Simple guidepost.jpgMarked trail pole.jpeg
Direction sign witout a pole using a tree as mount point Tree mounted guidepost.jpeg

  • If a guidepost carries information about destination names possibly with distances to those destinations it's a destination type guidepost.
  • Another guide type is an intermediary one that merely shows a symbol of the route or an arrow to help stay on a route. These are usually placed between two destination guide posts. Sometimes they are place for affirmation purposes and are not necessarily situated at junctions or way crossings.
  • In a node network a third type exists and/or may be combined with destination guide posts - the posts are numbered with an unique id and point to other uniquely numbered posts in the same network. The idea is to drive by numbers, i.e. the trip is planned beforehand by jotting down a list of numbers. Consecutively, each numbered guidepost is visited, essentially traveling from the place with the first numbered guidepost to the last.
  • If a destination type guide posts is combined with a numbered one, then the information written on a directed arrow consists not only of names and distances to the next places in that direction, but also of the unique number the next guidepost in that direction is numbered with.
location=overhead Quite a few usage, Maybe for guidepost over the road ?

see also