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    Seasonal Road Takeovers.

    Ran across this today and I've seen this other times while riding. A seasonal road that someone has laid claim to and now calls it a "Private Road", apparently because they own the land that the road goes through and they don't want anybody on it. I wonder about the legality of this. Oh well, there is a gazillion other places to ride.

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    They have the same problem with old rail road right of ways. Even though they no longer revert to the former land owner people forget that and claim them as their own.
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    Too bad, looked like it would have been a nice road to explore.
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    We see it all the time here in MI. People gate state land right of ways. If I know the gate is BS, I ride through it. Only challenged once so far, I told them it was BS, call the sherrif. Guy just said, keep off, I just kept riding.
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    Any lawyers on the forum that could explain this trend of blocking seasonal roads? I don't mind crossing a barrier but I would want to be sure that I have a legal right to do so.
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    In some states it is legal, others not so. In some places if they can prove the road is unused for a long enough time , they can claim it.
    So they lock it up so no one can use it and that makes their case. If you can, challenge them in court to prevent this.
    In North Kohala there is Pratt road. It parallels the only thorofare from the Airport to a harboreast about ten miles. It used to pass through sugarcane fields until the eighties when
    the sugar business failed and the land was parceled out. The new owners put gates all over the place and no one could pass. After a time the road just became private property.
    Pratt Road had been a main route for nearly 100 years and now is private property because no one challenged it.

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    Most of the land I am referring to is owned by the state , I don't think by putting up a closed sign you can assume ownership of a state forest, but I could be wrong.
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    If the state leased the land to logging companies they can close it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotti158 View Post
    Any lawyers on the forum that could explain this trend of blocking seasonal roads? I don't mind crossing a barrier but I would want to be sure that I have a legal right to do so.
    You don't need a lawyer. Seasonal use roads are the property of the state or county and all you need do is go to the town highway super and ask if the road is open or closed. I have them all around me here and instead of gates they just drop trees across them figuring the town will get tired of having to send the highway crew to remove the trees and hand the road rights over.

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