I could be wrong, but I remember reading somewhere that a dirt road becomes private once the county stops maintaining it for "X" number of years. Don't remember the number of years.This example is from MS, so not sure if TN would be same.
A person had some land that a county road went thru. It was "un maintained". The landowner was tired of roadhunters riding the road, so he went to county office and somehow had them "close" the road. Now the county road dead ends into their property instead of goin thru it.
Property maps usually show an easement for a public road or access. Sometimes it’s questionable so the local area manager, forest ranger etc is probably the best person to ask. I pulled off into the grass on a dead end road last year, right in front of someone’s gated driveway and across the street from another house. The property map showed it all as public property up to the gate and fence and half way up the other people’s front yard, and the yellow T posts in their front yard confirmed it. Nobody gave me any trouble, even said hi to a guy walking his dogs. LolHow does one find out what roads are actually public access? Is there a point at which a road no longer maintained by the county becomes private to the landowner?