United States/Long distance trails
|Part of United States mapping project.|
The USA is home to many world-famous long-distance trails, but freely-available maps for these can be difficult to find. OpenStreetMap can solve that by organizing, entering and keeping updated all international/continental, national, regional and local trails.
A trail in the US implies a primary focus on Walking Routes, even as many additionally allow equestrians, road bicycles, mountain bikes, snowmobiles, roller-skates/blades, all-terrain vehicles and other types of travel modalities on part or all of it.
The network=* tag is used for Walking Routes, Cycle routes and many other types of routes. Consequently, an infrastructure segment allowing multiple travel modalities (e.g. hiking and biking) overloads the network=* tag of a single route relation. So, use separate relations (one for hiking, one for biking, etc., each with the appropriate single-value network=* tag) that include member segments where that particular travel modality is allowed. It may also be correct (for example, for a segment of Regional Walking Route which is also a Regional Cycling Route) to tag a single route relation with network=rwn;rcn but this "semicolon syntax" may not be supported by a particular renderer or router. This is analogously true for the route=* tag.
For tagging paths, guideposts, shelters, sources of drinking water, camp sites, etc., refer to general guidelines of Hiking.
Each hiking trail/route should be represented as relation. Do not add trail specific tags to ways or nodes.
|type||route||indicates this Relation represents a route|
|route||hiking||Indicates that this route is for hiking.|
|name||*||The name of the trail if applicable. (e.g. Quinnipiac Trail, Appalachian Trail,...)|
|ref||*||The route is known by this reference (e.g. "E1")|
|International walking network: long distance trails that cross international boundaries|
National walking network: National scenic trails
Regional walking network: medium distance trails that cross or link several regions (e.g. New England Trail)
Local walking network: short walking trails in National/State parks, city parks or gardens that form a cohesive network
|operator||operator name||Authority/company responsible for maintaining trail e.g. "Connecticut Forest and Park Association"|
|symbol||symbol description||Human readable description of the trail symbol, e.g., "Blue stripe"|
|colour||*||Either CSS color name (e.g. red) or an RGB color code (hex triplet) (e.g. #FF0000). If more than one color, separate values by colon (e.g. blue:yellow).|
|osmc:symbol||waycolor :background :foreground :foreground2 :text:textcolor||(optional) Machine readable description of trail symbol used by e.g. Waymarked Trails. |
e.g. osmc:symbol = blue::blue_stripe for Blue Blazed Trails
|complete||yes/no||Yes, if trail is completely mapped.|
|education||yes/no||(Optional) Yes, if trail is self-guided educational trail.|
|description||a short description||(Optional) What is special about this route|
|state||proposed / alternate / temporary||(Optional) Sometimes routes may not be permanent or may be in a proposed state.|
|distance||distance||(Optional) The distance covered by this route, if known. For information of users and automatic evaluation e.g. of completeness. Given including a unit and with a dot for decimals. (e.g. 12.5 km)|
|roundtrip||yes/no||(Optional) Use roundtrip=no to indicate that a route goes from A to B and instead of being circular (roundtrip=yes).|
|oneway||yes/no||(Optional) Use oneway=yes to indicate that the route is to be walked in only one direction, according to the signposts on the ground|
|website||*||(Optional) website that describes the route|
|wikipedia||language:page title||(Optional) wikipedia page that describes the route|
|blue stripe with lower red rectangle||blue_red::blue_stripe:red_rectangle_lower||?||?||?|
|blue stripe with lower yellow rectangle||blue_yellow::blue_stripe:yellow_rectangle_lower||?||?||?|
|blue stripe with lower white rectangle||blue_white::blue_stripe:white_rectangle_lower||?||?||?|
More information on osmc:symbol tagging:
Route relations have been at least started for these trails:
National Scenic Trails
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail:
- Arizona Trail:
- Continental Divide Trail:
- Ice Age Trail:
- Florida National Scenic Trail
- New England National Scenic Trail:
- North Country National Scenic Trail:
- Pacific Crest Trail:
- Pacific Northwest Trail:
- Potomac Heritage Trail:
Other Interstate Trails
- American Discovery Trail:
- Grand Enchantment Trail:
- Great Eastern Trail: , a collection of regional and local trails:
- Hayduke Trail:
- Sky Islands Traverse
- CO - Colorado Front Range Trail
- FL - Shingle Creek Regional Trail
- MN - Superior Hiking Trail
- NC, TN, GA - Benton MacKaye Trail
- NJ - Batona Trail:
- NY, NJ - Long Path
- Shawangunk Ridge Trail
- OH - Buckeye Trail
- VT - Long Trail
Rendered Trail Maps
- Waymarked Trails map of often-signed hiking trails (network=iwn, network=nwn, network=rwn and network=lwn) around the world, including such trails in the United States. One of the layers known as "Lonvia."
- Hikebikemap.de provides hillshading overlay with Lonvia's hiking trails layer.
- Mapy.cz shows hiking trails as colored lines (sourced from osmc:symbol) parallel with hiking paths.