I'm looking at possibly purchasing a parcel of woodlands in Connecticut that is land locked. There is an access road (gravel and dirt) that extends up to the parcel next to the one I'm looking at. I asked the seller if he has ever been on the land and he said "no, since it is a private road no-one can access the property until they seek an easement". I think he is incorrect. My research suggests "private roads" ARE open to the public and to automobile traffic... subject to the terrain. They are "private" only in that the town does not maintain them. Who is correct for my state of Conneticut?
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I have never heard of a private road being "public" subject to terrain. I would think you need to get an easement.