This Online Group Celebrates The “Paths That Humans Prefer, Rather Than The Paths That Humans Create”, Here Are 102 Of The Best Ones

Merriam Webster dictionary defines a desire path as “an unplanned route or path (such as one worn into a grassy surface by repeated foot traffic) that is used by pedestrians in preference to or in the absence of a designated alternative (such as a paved pathway).”

This may sound like a pretty formal definition, but in its heart, desire paths show so much more than our daily shortcuts and preferred ways to reach destinations. They reflect routines, habits and presence of a living being, whether it’s a human or an animal. They stand like lines of traces carved well into dirt, grass, and anywhere, really.

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There’s even this mesmerizing corner of Reddit, “Desire Paths,” “dedicated to the paths that humans prefer, rather than the paths that humans create.” Below we wrapped up some of the most interesting examples that capture our imagination.

#1 The World’s (Actual) Greatest Desire Path! He Carved A Road Through A Mountain Over 22yrs To Shorten The Distance From His Village To The Nearest Hospital From 70km To 1km

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#2 Ux vs. Design

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#3 The Ants In My Garage Built A Bridge Over My Glue Trap

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#4 The Oval Walkways At Ohio State University Were Paved Based On The Students’ Desire Paths

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#5 My Cat Passed Away Last Night. These Were His Paths

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#6 At The Student Residence. I Tried To Walk The Intended Path For Once. It Was Long

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#7 Superstition

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#8 Desire Stairs

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#9 This Path In Russia Is Very Desired

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#10 If You Try Sometimes, You Get What You Need

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#11 After Our Dog Passed, We Turned His Desire Path Into A Forever Path

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#12 Restrictions In Poland Hitting Hard

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#13 People Made A Desire Pentagram Inside A Big Roundabout

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#14 Found This Beautiful Path Earlier This Year

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#15 Does This Count? A Footpath So Badly Constructed Nobody Wants To Use It

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#16 Well Worn Wall Mart Path. Deepest I’ve Ever Seen

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#17 Generations Of Bunnies Have Worn A Perfect Groove In My Neighbor’s Fence

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#18 Doggo Desire Path At A Local Off-Leash Park. Remember That Pavement Can Be Too Hot For Paws On A Sunny Day!

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#19 Was Told To Post This Here, So Here I Am Posting This Here

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#20 Found This As A Post On Facebook. Elephant Paths Anyone?

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#21 This Attempt At Making A Pathway Through A Park

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#22 One Step Desire Path. Shortest One Ever

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#23 Google Acknowledges The Desire Paths On Our Campus

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#24 Yes Yes Yes!!

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#25 My Dad Shoveled A Path But The Rest Of The Family Decided It Was Too Far

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#26 It Took 4 Years

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#27 I’m In A Long Distance Relationship With My Girlfriend, And This Is Where I Walk When I’m On The Phone With Her Every Night

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#28 Desire Path Of A 17yo Kitty

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#29 Found A Lovely One In Dorset

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#30 The Real Path Does Not Even Exist Anymore

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#31 Will You Take The Desire Stairs Or The Desire Ramp? (South Downs, England)

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#32 Somebody Really Thought This Design Would Be A Good Idea

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#33 The Sidewalks On My School’s Quad Are Not Symmetrical Because They Were Installed Based On Where The Grass Was Worn Out…

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#34 Technical University Delft (Nl) Paved All Desire Paths

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#35 If This Isn’t A Big Enough Sign That You Need To Trim Your Hedges More Often I Don’t Know What Is

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#36 This Desire Path Has Slowly Disappeared Now That No One Is Coming To The Office Due To Covid… Wonder How Many Others Are Disappearing

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#37 Check Out The Size Of This Absolute Unit

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#38 The Never Ending Path

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#39 Honestly I’m Not Sure What They Expected

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#40 My Moms Path For Entering And Leaving The Lake

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#41 I Took This Two Years Ago But Just Discovered The Sub So I Thought I’d Share. Just A Bike Path Behind My Old School

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#42 Dutch Anti-Cobblestone Bicycle Desire Path

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#43 Does This Count? Ants Walking The Same Path Over And Over Again Made A Mark On These Dusty Tiles

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#44 She’s Made A Few Desire Paths. I Like This One The Most

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#45 This College Paved Over The Desire Paths After Waiting A Year To See Where Mud Trails Formed

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#46 You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

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#47 I’m Putting Desire Paths Everywhere I Don’t Follow My Paths In Animal Crossing

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#48 Do People Finger Tracing Their Desired Path Count?

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#49 They Really Re-Sodded The Path

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#50 In North Korea Satellite Imagery You Can Clearly See Where People Walk Across Deserted Motorways

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#51 Desire Paths Left By People Walking Away And Stumbling Back To Their Tents At Glastonbury

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#52 My University Giving Into The Desire Path

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#53 Been Walking To Work Everyday For 2 Years And I Just Realized I’ve Been Making My Own Path

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#54 Extreme Desire Path

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#55 No, I Don’t Think I Will

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#56 “Two Roads Diverged In A Yellow Wood”–One Shaves 250 Yards Off The Paved Trail. (See The Satellite Inset To Appreciate This One.)

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#57 Squirrel Desire Path

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#58 I’ve Never Seen A More Concise Or Humorous Example Of This Sub In Real Life

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#59 Visitors At Parc Floral De Paris Prefer To Jump The Moat Instead Of Going The Long Way Back

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#60 Dense Snow Melts Slower Than Regular Snow

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#61 When Desire Becomes Reality

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#62 What Am I To Do With The 2 Seconds I Saved Today?

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#63 Underwater Path Created By People Walkin Through About 2 Feet Of Water To Get To That Stone At A St Patrick’s Well In Ireland

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#64 My Apartment Turned A Desire Path Into An Official Path

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#65 My College Put Sod On The Path And Put Up A Sign. The Students Listened To The Sign And Created A Path Next To The Sod

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#66 My Dog’s Desire Path Is Filling Up With Flower Petals. Looks Pretty At The Moment!

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#67 Do Moles Count? The Path Is Out Of Sight, But Implied… I Sat And Waited For Half An Hour Before Movement Resumed On The Last Mound

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#68 The Path My Dog Created So She Can Say Hi To Her Neighbor

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#69 One Of The Best I’ve Seen Irl. Taken In February

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#70 What Is This, A Desire Path For Ants?!

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#71 A Slavic Desire Path That Is Toll Free

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#72 Virtual Desire Path In Red Dead Redemption 2

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#73 It Seems We Desire A Sidewalk

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#74 The Path My Dog Takes Every Day To Visit The Neigbors

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#75 Not Sure If This Is Allowed. Swimming Paths Made By A Moorhen On The Way To And From Its Nest

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#76 Bollards Were Installed Last Week At My Estate, Meaning All 450 Houses Have To Use One Road To Exit. In The Wise Words Of That Bloke From The Dinosaur Film “Life Uh, Finds A Way”

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#77 My Dog’s Everyday Path

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#78 Girlfriend Found “One Of Those Pathy Thingies You Showed Me”

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#79 What Is This, A Desire Path For Ducks?! Yes, Actually

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#80 This One Is Bound To Cause Some Heavy Breathing For You All

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#81 My Friend Sent Me This Desire Path

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#82 Social Distancing In London

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#83 I Needed A Miracle To Make It To Class On Time, And Here Is That Miracle

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#84 There’s So Much Going On Here

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#85 This Absolute Unit On The Left And His Little Brother On The Right

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#86 London Desire Path Is So Dry It’s Becoming A Desire Canyon

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#87 Kids Cheating In This Hedge Maze

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#88 These Stairs Are Terrible, I Hate Using Them. Each Step Is Like Half The Height Of A Normal Step, But They’re Too Wide To Comfortably Take Two At A Time

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#89 “Avoid The Bend” Desire Path From England

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#90 Desire Path Spotted On The Campus Of Monster’s University

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#91 A Path So Desired That The Hill Has Been Eroded Away ?

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#92 My Neighbor Has Worn This Path To His Car Over 9 Months

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#93 Desire Staircase

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#94 There’s A Sign Here That Says “Cyclists Dismount”

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#95 Prison Football Pitch

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#96 The University Said No

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#97 Doggo Path

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#98 One Of My Favorite Local Desirepaths. Over A Small Stream, On Industrial Pipe

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#99 This Walmart Parking Lot

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#100 The Rarely Seen Vehicular Desire Path

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#101 So Popular It’s Worn Down The Hump

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#102 I Pass This Desire Path Often And Every Time I Laugh At How Completely Pointless It Is

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