I recall a case study which im sure the details are not very accurate but overall it was this- for years kids have been using a path to get to their bus stop, the path went through someones yard and every owner of the house in the past didnt mind at all. But a new owner didnt like the kids using this path that went through his yard. A court case followed and the ruling was since it was a a path for x amount of years, it would remain a path. Or something like that. Details are probably wrong but the point is the established path won out. my inlaws have property on a lake and behind their property is a community dock. The thing is, the first half of the dirt road is on their property. The dirt road then turns away from their property and goes to the community dock. They cant stop people from going down that road. Theres all sorts of people that go down the road about half are pretty sketchy. Not to mention the late night partiers.