Where to hide painted rocks

You've painted - now, where to hide your painted rocks!

Painting rocks and placing them for someone else to find is an awesome random act of kindness. After you paint a rock, it's up to you where you hide it.

While there aren’t necessarily rules around hiding your painted rock, we suggest using common sense and following some general guidelines.

Remember, the whole point is for someone to find your rock and see where your rock travels, so places like on a park bench, on a picnic table at the playground or on the ledge outside your favorite store or library are fun spots. And, when you’re packing for vacation or for a road trip, toss a few rocks in your bag to see where they travel!

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Tips when hiding painted rocks

  • Keep others’ safety in mind (humans & critters!)
  • As fun as it might sound to prop your rock in the limb of a tree, a critter might mistake it for food and it might fall and hurt someone below.
  • Think about the person finding your rock. Don’t put them in a dangerous situation to retrieve your rock. That’s the opposite of passing along a smile!
  • When it comes to hiding rocks, make sure to adhere to local property rules and laws. For example, many zoos, museums, theme parks, hospitals and national parks prohibit rocks being hidden on their premises. Have fun hiding rocks, but be respectful.
At the base of a lamp post is a fun spot to hide a painted rock

Fun places to hide painted rocks where they're sure to be found

  • On a bench at a playground
  • Outside of your favorite store or restaurant
  • At the library (though, check first if they're okay with you hiding inside)
  • At the entrance of a rest stop - think of all the places people might be traveling to and where your rock might end up!

Follow the journey of your painted rocks

Your painted rocks are out there making others smile and spreading kindness as they travel. If you'd like to follow the journey of your painted rock, make sure to Get an ID from GoRock.com and add to your rock. You'll get a notification when it's found and can see on a map where it has traveled.

Plus, those who find your painted rocks might leave heartwarming stories, like these:

This painted rock with a rainbow heart was painted in celebration of diversity for Pride Month.

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Places you should avoid hiding painted rocks

  • In the grass. This can pose a danger if a lawn mower runs over the rock.
  • Inside of a store. Every store is different, but some stores have asked that painted rocks not be placed inside the store. On a security camera, it's difficult to determine if someone is taking merchandise or picking up a painted rock. Also, painted rocks placed on or near food can be considered a contaminant.
  • Inside of a hospital - certainly placing a rock outside of the entrance will brighten someone's day, but many hospitals have asked that painted rocks not be hidden inside.
  • Some amusement parks have asked that painted rocks not be brought inside of the park.
  • State and National parks. People visit these parks to experience nature, untouched. #LeaveNoTrace More info about this topic.

Have a fun place you've placed a painted rock? Share below! 

5 thoughts on “Where to hide painted rocks”

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  2. This is going to be so fun to do with my niece and nephew for a Homeschooling project! I live right next to a public walking trail, so we can hide a couple along the edge of the trail, as well as in other hiking areas since we live in the country, near many hiking/biking/walking trails.

  3. How fun, Nancy! Painting rocks is not only a fun activity, but your niece and nephew will also get a bit of a geography lesson when they see on a map where their rocks travel. And, a mini math lesson when they see the distance their rocks travel. And, a mini social studies lesson when they read the stories left by those who find your rocks, helping them understand that setting out that painted rock was a random act of kindness that put a smile on someone’s face. Happy painting! 🎨

  4. Yes! GoRock has many members throughout Australia. Lots of pride coming through in the designs – koalas, kangaroos, city skylines, Aboriginal art that really tells stories. All wonderful to see.

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