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James asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 5 months ago

How can I identify whether the place I want to visit is private property.?

I was trying to find a place to walk my dog that wasn't overcrowded the other day and Google maps showed a green square next to the river at Abbott's bridge in Gwinnett county Georgia. I assumed this was showing a park that I could drive into so I drove over there but upon arriving I saw the whole section of forest was blocked by a fence with no trespassing signs all over it. How exactly can I know for sure before driving all the way over to a place if it's private property or not. I have tried researching online but I can't find any helpful information 


What about places that aren't marked with private property signs. how can I know if this is private property. I have been run out of a few places that wasn't clearly marked as private when my GPS took me there because it was supposedly a shortcut.

Update 2:

I realize the property I visited was private. Read and understand the question people!

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  • 5 months ago
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    You can access mapping tools (such as the one linked below). From that, you can search for the area of interest and see all the different property boundaries that the government recognizes. You can click on the individual properties of interest and get the parcel ID number for them. You can then check with the county to find out who owns that parcel.

    The property to the northwest of the park appears to be owned by the Woodward Academy North and would be private property.

  • Foofa
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    5 months ago

    Your county records surely have proof of who owns that lot. 

  • 5 months ago

    Who do you think went to the expense of posting those signs if it wasn't the property owner?

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Wouldn't it be easier to walk your dog in the park while following CDC protocol?  Wear a mask and maintain social distancing.  Problem solved.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Why does it matter?  "No trespassing" means no trespassing no matter who owns it.  Call the County and ask.

  • 5 months ago

    I would say that the fence and "No Trespassing" signs would be indication enough that the area is off limits to dog walking or public access.

    If you're really curious I suggest taking a closer look at the signs....if they also reference a city code or the include the words "by order of (insert city or county authority)", then the property is likely government owned/managed.  If the sign appears to be commercially made (bought from a Home Depot, for example), then the area is likely private property.

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