How to Create Paths | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Learn how to create paths on your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). Read on to see tips and tricks on how to make interesting path designs using curved paths and different path types with the Construction Permit in the Island Designer app.

How to Construct Paths

Unlock the Island Designer App

What is Island Designer
To be able to create paths on your island, you will need to unlock the Island Designer app on your NookPhone. You will get this when your island reaches a 3-Star rating, and K.K. Slider visits for the first time.
Island Designer and Terraforming Unlock Walkthrough

Choose a Path Option by Pressing the + Button

Types of Roads
Upon launching the app, you can press the + button to open up the selection menu where you can select between permits.

Unlock more path permits by exchanging Nook Miles

You can get more types of path permits by unlocking them using Nook Miles. When you unlock the app, you will have the Grass and the Dirth Path by default.

List of Path Permits
Grass Path.jpg Grass
Unlocked from the beginning
Dirt Path.jpg Dirt Path
Unlocked from the beginning
Stone Path.jpg Stone Path
2,000 Miles
Brick Path.jpg Brick Path
2,000 Miles
Dark Dirt Path.jpg Dark Dirt Path
2,000 Miles
Arched Tile Path.jpg Arched Tile Path
2,000 Miles
Sand Path.jpg Sand Path
2,000 Miles
Terra-Cotta Path.jpg Terra-Cotta Path
2,000 Miles
Wooden Path.jpg Wooden Path
2,000 Miles
Custom Design Path.jpg Custom Design Path
2,2300 Miles
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What Should You Spend Nook Miles on First?

Press A to Construct the Path

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After selecting the path type, press the A button on the ground to construct one path tile.

Tiles of the same path will automatically merge, while paths of different types will have little space between them.

Press A on a Path Edge to Round It

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You can also round path edges if there is an adjacent tile of the same path type. To do so, just press A again on the tile to round the edge.

Take note that you cannot round the edges of Custom Design paths.

How to Delete an Existing Path

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You can either press A using the same path permit, or you can also select the Grass to bring back the original grass.

Path Construction Tips and Tricks

Palm Trees Grow on Sand Path

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Palm Trees planted on the Sand path.

Originally, you can only plant Palm Trees by the beach, but with the Sand Path, you can use it to plant Palm Trees anywhere.

You can do this if you want Palm Trees on your orchard, or if you want to easily catch expensive beetles in the summer.
How to Get Palm Trees on Your Island

You Can Make Paths Under Bridges and Building Entrances

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You can even create paths under bridges and building entrances such as houses and facilities.

You cannot make paths under the entrance of Nook's Cranny

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Unlike most buildings, you cannot create paths under the entrance of Nook's Cranny.

Use Round and Straight Edges to Create Shapes

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You can play around with edges to create interesting shapes. Mix and match straight and round edges to create circles, hearts, and more!

Design Using Different Kinds of Paths

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Paths of different types will not merge when they are next to each other. You can mix and match path types to create fun paths!

Personalize Paths with Custom Designs

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A custom design for Terra-Cotta path featured on our page.

Bring personal touches to your island using Custom Designs. You can place Custom Designs on top of existing paths, and it will naturally take up the space of that path.

If you'd like to see user-submitted Custom Designs for Paths, Floors, and Ground, check out our page! Share your designs with us too!

Top Custom Design Patterns for Paths, Floors, and Ground

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