If you’ve been tempted to join in the painted rock hunting craze, but aren’t quite sure where to start, look no further.
Artists young and old hide painted rocks throughout the city, especially in many of the Tacoma Metro Parks. Some rocks are hidden in plain sight, but others can be found in tree stumps and other devious hiding spots.
If you’re worried about searching and coming up empty handed, you’ll be glad to know about rock walls!
Rock walls are simply area walls (or benches or so on..) where you can leave, take, or trade painted rocks.
Rock walls have made it easier for young children and persons with limited mobility to get in on the fun. They are also a great “back up” if your hunt for rock art in the wild leaves you disappointed. Avoid meltdowns, temper-tantrums, and whining by offering, “one last place to look” at one of the following locations.
Kindness Rocks, the original art trading wall, can be found on 54th Street between G and Fawcett Streets in Tacoma. Numerous rocks, and even a decorated seashell on a recent trip, are colorfully displayed on the edges of a retaining wall. This wall has no rules—so if a little one falls in love with a piece of art and has nothing to trade for it, they can have it! It’s a great place to get your rock hunting/trading journey started. It is street parking and private property, so please be considerate of the neighbors when visiting. #KindnessRocks
Tacoma ROCKS! also has a rock wall. A former bus stop, less than a half mile from the parking lot at Titlow Park, is now home to hand decorated gems. This wall can be found along 6th Ave, just past N. Sunset Dr. Just like the trading wall, parking immediately surrounding the wall is all street parking surrounding private residences. It is definitely walkable from Titlow Park (which with its large parking lot, clean restrooms, and great play structures is a great destination already). #RockStop
In Puyallup, there are rock walls at Etc Gifts and Treasures downtown and in front of several private homes (see below for how to find locations).
Ready to join in on the rock painting and hunting craze? Read our original rock painting and hunting post here!
Amanda Lattin is the mom of twin girls, Madeline and Molly, and enjoys exploring the outdoors. Follow her crazy adventures on Instagram @Momma2twincesses.