|information = guidepost|
|Used to mark a guidepost/signpost|
|Rendering in openstreetmap-carto|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
Guideposts (aka fingerposts or finger posts) are often found along official hiking/cycling/riding/skiing routes to indicate the directions to different destinations. Additionally they are often named after a region or place and show the altitude.
The position of a signpost can be used by a hiker/biker/rider/skier as a confirmation of the current position, especially if he uses a printed map without a GPS receiver.
How to map
Create a node at the exact position and tag with the following values. Please do not tag a crossroads as a guidepost.
To describe the type(s) of the shown route(s), use the tags hiking=yes, bicycle=yes, mtb=yes, horse=yes or ski=yes. Note that these tags don't describe the legal access to the guidepost. To make this explicitly clear instead of e.g. hiking=yes you could alternatively use guidepost:hiking=yes or guidepost=hiking, though this is less common, not widely supported and would add no additional meaning.
|tourism=information||required||To define it as touristic point.|
|name=*||optional||The name of the place inscribed on the guidepost, if there is one.|
|ele=*||optional||Inscribed height of place above sea level in metres.|
|ref=*||optional||Reference number of the guidepost.|
There are currently three options how to tag the contents of the signs. These are mostly complementary and not competing, because they all offer different amounts of detail:
- destination=* on the signpost. Note that no information about the direction the sign points to is given, so this describes the signpost itself, but not its relation to ways or intersections. If several destinations are given, they are separated by a ';'.
- The Italian CAI uses a modified scheme including a '|' character as detailed at CAI#Luoghi_di_posa.
- Relation:destination_sign is used for the most complete description. Distances, walking times, symbols and also directions can be given explicitly. This is the most complex tagging scheme as it requires its own relation with at least three members for each direction the sign points to. There are about 100k relations of this type in the database (Aug 2019)
- There is a third scheme that was added to the German Wiki page some years ago that combines simple tagging and gives an approximate information about direction (direction_north=*, direction_east=*,... direction_northeast=*.). As of August 2019, there are about 20k uses of these tags.