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A trailhead is a designated or customary place where a trip on a trail begins or ends. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
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A trailhead is a designated or customary place where people can stop or start a trip on one or more trails or routes. Its position may be marked by a shelter, pole, special design, flag, banner, or parking area. Often there will be a board with a name and a reference to an operator. Parking space will usually be available. Some trailheads are unmarked and known only by word-of-mouth or from information provided on a list or website.

How to map

The highway=trailhead tag is used on a node or an area to identify the position where people prepare to start their trip.

Basic Trailhead node

A trailhead node (example on the map) is placed at a location visibly designated or customary for starting a trip on a waymarked route. It is up to the mapper to decide the exact location: it may coincide with a board or guidepost, or maybe a gate or a pole, or a corner of a parking area. Alternatively, a way could be drawn along the outline of the trailhead.

Recommended tagging

Tag Usage Description
highway=trailhead ! Required This tag is used on a node (sometimes a closed way is used) representing the place or area where people are supposed to or used to start their trip on a trail, track or route.
name=*  Important If exists, specific name of the trailhead as indicated or customary
operator=* ? Optional Name of the operator if exists.

Additional tagging

As trailheads vary widely across the globe, it is up to local mappers and communities to decide on additional tagging on the node itself and the amenities or facilities which may accompany the trailhead, such as parking area, benches, banner, information board, map board, trail register, toilets, guidepost(s), shelter, ...

Tag Usage Description
access=* ? Optional Any access restriction the trailhead may have. Use this list of values.
fee=* ? Optional Fees associated with this trailhead.
website=* ? Optional Website associated with this trailhead.
drinking_water=* ? Optional Is there drinking water at the trailhead?
toilets=* ? Optional Are there toilets at the trailhead?
bin=* ? Optional Are there garbage bins at the trailhead?


See also