|Status:||Proposed (under way)|
|Definition:||An established place where one can access a recreational trail|
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.
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.
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:
- amenity=toilets or toilets=yes/no
- amenity=drinking_water or drinking_water=yes/no
- amenity=bicycle_parking or bicycle_parking=*
- access=* (including conditional restrictions)
Trailheads could be rendered using a symbol modeled after , an icon from the NPMaps Places collection.
Many existing nodes may represent trailheads and it may be appropriate to tag them as such.
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