WikiProject United States Long Distance Trails

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The United States of America is home to many world famous long distance trails, but maps for can be difficult to find. Open Street Maps could solve that dilemma.

A trail in the US implies a primary focus on Walking Routes, but many allow horse, mountain bike, and other types of trail travel as well. For a focus on cycling see WikiProject US Bike Route System.

Rendered Trail Maps

  • Waymarked Trails map of marked hiking trails around the world includes trails in the United States.
  • provides hillshading overlay with Lonvia's hiking trials layer.



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.

Key Value Explanation
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")
network iwn
International walking network: long distance trails that cross several countries
National walking network: National scenic trails
Regional walking network: medium distance trails that cross several regions (e.g. New England Trail)
Local walking network: short walking trails in National/State parks, city parks or gardens
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 trial 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. "12.5km")
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

Symbol tags

Picture Symbol osmc:symbol=* lonvia wander
Blue stripe.png blue stripe blue::blue_stripe ok  ?
White stripe.png white stripe white::white_stripe ok  ?
Yelow stripe.png yellow stripe yellow::yellow_stripe ok  ?
Orange stripe.png orange stripe orange::orange_stripe ok  ?
Blue stripe red dot.png blue stripe with red dot blue_red::blue_stripe:red_dot  ?  ?
Blue stripe red rectangle lower.png blue stripe with lower red rectangle blue_red::blue_stripe:red_rectangle_lower  ?  ?
Blue stripe yellow rectangle lower.png blue stripe with lower yellow rectangle blue_yellow::blue_stripe:yellow_rectangle_lower  ?  ?
Blue stripe white rectangle lower.png blue stripe with lower white rectangle blue_white::blue_stripe:white_rectangle_lower  ?  ?

National Scenic Trails

Routes have at least been started for these trails:

Other Inter-State Trails

Regional Trails

Outside Resources