If you’re planning to spend your summer wandering through woods and mountains, this is something you should know.

If you’ve ever taken a stroll through the rural areas, you probably have walked past a certain markers without even noticing them. And let me tell you – you’re lucky if you didn’t get into trouble!

1989 in Arkansas, the “Purple Paint Law” allowed landowners to paint the boundaries of their property. And it’s equivalent to a “no trespassing” sign in the eyes of the police. Soon most of the states including Texas started using similar laws. In short, this law says that landowners are allowed to paint fence posts or trees instead of placing no trespassing signs all over their property. The most often used color is pink.

Landowner Jonathan Kennedy explains why this law is important:

“The reason the Texas legislature did that is they were trying to keep landowners from constantly having to replace signs. In Texas as we know, people like to take target practice at signs so they are having to replace them frequently.”