WARNING: If You See a Tree or Fence Post With Purple Paint, Get Outta There As Fast As You Can

WARNING: If You See a Tree or Fence Post With Purple Paint, Get Outta There As Fast As You Can

Sometimes I see the weirdest things online, but on a rare occasion, the weird stuff can actually be informative…This is one of those times.


I saw the title of this article, and it was warning about staying away from purple fence posts or purple trees, and I thought “Oh boy, this outta be a doozy, what is it, Big Foot’s dandruff?…”

But actually, it turned out to be helpful advice if you don’t know about this “law” or universal message – so I thought I’d share it with people who might not know – because I sure didn’t have a clue.

And after I read the article, I started researching to make sure it was true, and sure enough, it was legit.

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So, apparently, if you’re out walking around, say on a hike or something, and you come upon a post or a tree that has purple paint on it, that means “no trespassing allowed” and you should not go any further.

America’s Freedom Fighters reported that all across the country, purple fence posts and trees can be found throughout the woods, and they have a rather important meaning that you need to know.

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The odd-colored posts have a very distinct purpose, and if you ignore them, there’s a good chance you could wind up in trouble – with the law. KETK reports they property owners paint their posts or trees to let others know they’ve gone too far and it’s time to turn back around, and it’s 100 percent legal to do.

“It holds the same weight and the same law violations apply. It’s no trespassing period,” Ashley Pellerin, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s extension service in Prairie View, Texas, told KETK.


Used in place of a “No Trespassing” sign, the practice dates as far back as 1989 in Arkansas, when the “Purple Paint Law” was first enacted to give property owners an inexpensive alternative to marking their boundaries. At least ten different states have similar laws on the books, including Texas, and property owner Jonathan Kennedy explained the laws were adopted because traditional signs are too easily destroyed.

I had no idea about this, and prior to this, if I saw a purple tree bark, I’d have thought some kids vandalized it or something, and I’d keep walking, and God knows what could happen at that point – because you can get into a lot of danger if you just wander onto someone’s property, especially if they’re unfriendly or paranoid.

To me, it seems like a strange thing to use as a universal “no trespassing” sign unless, of course, I am just an oddball who’s never heard of this…


Here’s the list of the states that recognize purple, orange, and even lime green as colors that mark “territory.”

North Carolina


I gotta say, big thank you to America’s Freedom Fighters for posting this article.


For me, it was really educational, and I think that it’s something that could help people to be safer and more aware of their surroundings.

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