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Old 12-31-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Murphy NC
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Perhaps someone can illuminate me on this subject. We've been here (Murphy) a year in January. We enjoy driving around and looking at the area but the road system in this part of the state is perplexing. We will drive miles down a 'State' road, as indicated on the road sign, only to have it end in a dead end, or sometimes in someone's driveway. Occasionally there will be a dead end sign, or no outlet sign but usually there is no warning at all.
Then there are the 'private' roads, as indicated again by the corner road signs. We stay off them entirely, as they are marked private.
I am hearing now that this means they aren't maintained by the state, so they are not actually private, as in NO Trespassing.
It's confusing, and I'm wondering if we are missing out on viewing some nice areas because we are observing these 'private' road signs.
Anyone?
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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I would at least ask for permission before joyriding on someone's private road.

Regardless of access rules and laws, the home/land-owners are solely responsible for the very expensive road upkeep and maintenance.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:34 PM
 
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Perhaps someone can illuminate me on this subject. We've been here (Murphy) a year in January. We enjoy driving around and looking at the area but the road system in this part of the state is perplexing. We will drive miles down a 'State' road, as indicated on the road sign, only to have it end in a dead end, or sometimes in someone's driveway. Occasionally there will be a dead end sign, or no outlet sign but usually there is no warning at all.
Then there are the 'private' roads, as indicated again by the corner road signs. We stay off them entirely, as they are marked private.
I am hearing now that this means they aren't maintained by the state, so they are not actually private, as in NO Trespassing.
It's confusing, and I'm wondering if we are missing out on viewing some nice areas because we are observing these 'private' road signs.
Anyone?

Word to the wise, do not trespass on any roads that say private... because that is exactly what they are. There are so many beautiful roads in Western NC that you can do exploring on, no need to venture into backwoods territory and take any chances. In some mountain areas, you might meet up with a shotgun or several watchdogs. Seriously. People are very territorial about their property here.

Try and get a few up to date road maps, print out maps from Google or MapQuest, or Bing ... or go to the County office and have them explain to you how the roads are marked. There is also GPS, but that is not always current in this area; many undisclosed and unmapped roads show up as dots.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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The roads in the neighborhood we live are technically private (for now), as they are maintained by he homeowners here. But, they are not posted as private and there are no restrictions on who uses them (although the don't go anywhere). I suppose someone could be asked to leave, and at that point they would be trespassing, but not before since they would have no reasonable way to know they are on a private road.

I would assume a road posted as "Private" should not be used by the owners and those granted access.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Murphy NC
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Our little sub-division has a street sign that indicates it as a private road, we all kick in to a road fund to maintain it, yearly. The sign at the corner has the name of the road, with the prefix PRI as opposed to other roads that have the prefix Sta. (I think that's how it goes) and it is a dead end, although there is no sign indicating that.
Other roads I've looked up on Google maps that are 'private' go on for miles. The GPS has directed us on them at times.
It's not like we are roaming into a gated community or such. I would venture to guess that the majority of the roads are marked private. At least in this area, anyway.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:26 PM
 
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Our little sub-division has a street sign that indicates it as a private road, we all kick in to a road fund to maintain it, yearly. The sign at the corner has the name of the road, with the prefix PRI as opposed to other roads that have the prefix Sta. (I think that's how it goes) and it is a dead end, although there is no sign indicating that.
Other roads I've looked up on Google maps that are 'private' go on for miles. The GPS has directed us on them at times.
It's not like we are roaming into a gated community or such. I would venture to guess that the majority of the roads are marked private. At least in this area, anyway.

If you're out exploring for views, etc., no need to go up private or what "looks like" private roads. The views are everywhere. Get up on the BR Parkway, but check w/the forest ranger office first. Or drive Rt. 64 into Franklin and beyond, Follow the river from the Nantahala Outdoor Center; drive around the lake at Nantahala, get a nice map of the waterfalls in your area. Neat. Visit Cades Cove. Etc. etc.

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Old 01-01-2013, 06:49 AM
 
Location: N. Ga
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If you venture down our way (Blairsville) the color of the street sign will tell you. If it's Green it's a public road and maintained by the county... if it's Blue, it's private. The most interesting thing we found was when using the GPS. Plain and simple, it doesn't work in the mountains. LOL. While it didn't particularly take us down private roads, it also would take us to a place and tell us... "Turn right, your destination is on the right." Wrong.. there would be no road and no destination.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Murphy NC
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Thanks for that info about Blairsville, we seem to wind up there nearly every time we go out for a ride. We also got a dog from the rescue shelter there and the VA clinic is there too. I like that town.
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