How to Build a Wood Walkway

Updated February 21, 2017

Wood walkways are often designed to resemble structures found in traditional Japanese gardens, but they can also be built to resemble more modern designs. The purpose of wood walkways is to enhance the atmosphere of your yard or garden by adding a sense of harmony to the space. If you have a large garden or you want to spruce up the landscaping of your yard, a wood walkway can be just the extra touch you need.

Decide where you want your wood walkway to be. Mark a path in your garden or yard using a length of twine or rope. This will help you determine how much wood you need to purchase for your walkway.

Use a tape measure to find the length of the twine or rope you use to mark the path for your wood walkway. Also measure the width of the walkway, so you know how wide the wood you purchase needs to be.

Purchase landscaping timbers and either walkway boards or pre-made wooden walkway squares from a home improvement store. Make sure the boards or squares you choose are the correct width for your wood walkway. The width of the timbers doesn't need to be exact, but make sure they're not wider than the boards or squares. Purchase enough timbers and boards or squares to cover the length of the walkway. For example, if your walkway is going to be 12 feet long and each piece of wood is three feet long, you need to purchase four pieces.

Place the landscaping timbers down the middle of your walkway, with one end on the left side of the path and the other end on the right. As you do this, remove the twine or rope that you placed along the walkway in Step 1. Keep the timbers spaced properly, so one walkway board or square will be placed between each pair of timbers.

Place the walkway boards or squares over the landscaping timbers. Use your nail gun to nail the boards or squares to the timbers, overlapping the ends of two boards or squares on each timber. This will secure your wood walkway in place.


Use railroad spikes or long metal rods to secure your landscaping timber to the ground if your path will be on a hill or in an area that might flood. You will need to drill holes in the timbers for the spikes or rods. Purchase pretreated wood for your wood walkway. Pre-treated wood will look nicer, last longer and won't need to be stained.


You may need to cut the landscaping timbers to fit with the curves of your wooden walkway. Use extreme caution when cutting the timbers, or have them pre-cut at the store where you purchase them.

Things You'll Need

  • Twine or rope
  • Tape measure
  • Landscaping timbers
  • Walkway boards or squares
  • Nail gun
  • Nails
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