North Carolina is a state located in the southeastern United States. With an area of over 139.000 square miles and a population of more than 10 million people, North Carolina has hundreds of roads, trails, and paths running through state and private lands. Property owners affected by these trails often have questions about their rights and responsibilities regarding access and use of these trails.
A “Guide to Rights of Way in North Carolina.” Is intended to be a useful resource for property owners, helping them better understand their rights and responsibilities. The guide includes information on the different types of trails and pathways that exist in North Carolina, as well as the laws and regulations that govern their use. The guide is also intended to provide answers to frequently asked questions, such as what to do if a trail is blocked or damaged, or how to request permission to create crossings for service roads such as agriculture or forestry.
What are rights of way?
Rights of way refer to the right to cross, enter, or use a particular area of land. This right can be acquired or granted in a variety of ways, including contracts, easements, or through regulatory approval.