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Frühlingslandschft Aaretal Schweiz.jpg
Roads for agricultural use, forestry use, etc. Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in openstreetmap-carto
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 landcover, allotments [2], parks, etc.), but they must fit the definitions described here.

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=*

  • 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

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.