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

Create paths in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) with the Island Designer app on your NookPhone. Learn tips and tricks on how to make custom path designs in the Island Designer app!

How to Unlock and Create Paths

Step Instruction
1  Unlock the Island Designer app.
2  Choose a path option.
3  Press A to construct paths.

1. Unlock the Island Designer App

ACNH - A resident accesses Island Designer App on NookPhone

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

2. Choose a Path Option by Pressing the + Button

ACNH - A resident thinks about which permit they
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
ACNH - Grass Path Grass
Unlocked from the beginning
ACNH - Dirt Path Dirt Path
Unlocked from the beginning
ACNH - Stone Path Stone Path
2,000 Miles
ACNH - Brick Path Brick Path
2,000 Miles
ACNH - Dark Dirt Path Dark Dirt Path
2,000 Miles
ACNH - Arched Tile Path Arched Tile Path
2,000 Miles
ACNH - Sand Path Sand Path
2,000 Miles
ACNH - Terra-Cotta Path Terra-Cotta Path
2,000 Miles
ACNH - Wooden Path Wooden Path
2,000 Miles
ACNH - Custom Design Path Custom Design Path
22,300 Miles
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3. Press A to Construct the Path

ACNH - A resident constructs a path
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

ACNH - A resident rounds off the edges of a path
To round path edges, press A on the tile to round the edge. To do so, there must an adjacent tile of the same path type.

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

How to Delete an Existing Path

ACNH - A resident deletes a path
Press A using the same path permit, or select the Grass to bring back the original grass.

Path Construction Tips and Tricks

Palm Trees Grow on Sand Path

ACNH - Palm trees growning on sand paths
With the Sand Path, feel free to plant Palm Trees anywhere! We recommend 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

ACNH - A constructed path in front of a building
Create paths under bridges and building entrances such as houses and facilities.

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

ACNH - A constructed path in front of Nook
Unlike most buildings, you cannot create paths under the entrance of Nook's Cranny.

Use Round and Straight Edges to Create Shapes

ACNH - A resident constructs a heart-shaped stone path
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

ACNH - A resident rejoices on top of an incline
Paths of different types will not merge when they are next to each other. Use this to mix and match path types to create fun paths!

Personalize Paths with Custom Designs

ACNH - A resident claps after having finished constructing a custom terracotta path

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.

Top Custom Design Patterns for Paths, Floors, and Ground

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