a wood path is temporary to management (Holzeinschlag) of the forest or way durably put on.
For the evacuation of gefällter trees flight corridors are struck into the forest. Such a flight corridor, the wood path, can be regarded erroneously as normal forest, connecting or moving way, particularly wood paths to better trafficability by horse carts (in former times) or wood transporters (today) partly planed or fastened are. Contrary to regular ways a wood path ends however suddenly in the wood and leads otherwise to no goal.
- source: Duden 11 of 1992, idioms and proverbial phrases, page 348.