Proposed features/trailhead

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Status: Proposed (under way)
Proposed by: geobrando
Tagging: highway=trailhead
Applies to: node
Definition: An established place where one can access a recreational trail

Rendered as: NPS trailhead.svg
Drafted on: 2015-04-11
RFC start: 2015-04-12

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A trailhead is an established and officially condoned place where one can access a trail or trail system. Trailheads often include various amenities such as parking, restrooms, drinking water, guideposts, and information kiosks. These amenities are available to facilitate the transition to a recreational mode of transportation such as hiking, mountain biking, or equestrianism.

A developed trailhead
A developed trailhead with small signs identifying the routes that start here and their approximate length, a larger informational sign, toilets and parking (not in image)


Trailheads are points-of-interest that help designate well-established places to start or end a trip. If mapped in OSM, a start of a path marked as highway=trailhead would differentiate it from other path/road junctions that may not be suitable recreation starting points. Additionally, a trailhead designation would help further advertise the existence of an established recreational trail network.


Observable trailheads are frequently present on trails found in regional or national parks. Park authorities such as the U.S. National Park Service maintain a database called Places in which employees can add/edit trailheads and other points-of-interest located in national parks.


A trailhead should be mapped as a node or a node that is part of a trail segment (i.e.,highway=path) and should be tagged primarily as highway=trailhead.

The following may optionally be tagged directly on the trailhead:

Associated attributes or features can be represented by additional tags applied to a trailhead node, or on a separate object as part of a relation depending on the how the trailhead is modeled.

Appropriate tags may include:

Applies to

When mapped as a Node, it identifies the location of the trailhead. The node should be connected to the trail ways that start from this trailhead.

When mapped as a Relation, it is made up of member elements that together define the trailhead. These may include information signs, barriers, parking, toilets, and other features commonly found at trailhead locations.


Trailheads could be rendered using a symbol modeled after NPS trailhead.svg, an icon from the NPMaps Places collection.

Features/Pages affected

Many existing nodes may represent trailheads and it may be appropriate to tag them as such.

Pages affected:


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