If You See a Painted Purple Fence, This Is What It Means

Knowing about purple paint laws can help you stay on the right path when driving or hiking in an unfamiliar place.

During the summer, a lot of people enjoy traveling, vacationing, camping and other outdoor adventures while the weather is warm and comfortable. If you’re somewhere new or unfamiliar, it’s always good to get a proper idea of your surroundings. Better safe than sorry, right?

The next time you’re out exploring with your friends and family, keep an eye out for purple fence posts.

What Does a Purple Fence Mean?

The laws vary from state to state, but generally, a purple fence means no trespassing. While property owners may still choose to use “No Trespassing” signs, the signs are likely to be stolen, damaged or worn out over time. A quick coat of purple paint has staying power, though.

It can be easily applied to different land markers, too. In addition to purple fence posts, you might even see purple trees. The color purple can also be distinguished by those who are color-blind.

How to Use Purple Paint on Your Fence

You should acquaint yourself with the local laws in your area, because only about half of states have purple fence laws. The purple stripes need to be vertical and at least 1 inch wide, 8 in. long, 3-5 feet off the ground and no more than 100 feet apart.

Any paint will work if you’re using it on a fence, but use latex or spray paint for trees. Make sure your paint is clearly visible and marks the correct boundary. And when you’re hiking or driving in an unfamiliar place, remember to stay safe and observant.

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