Jake LaCaze


The Rock Art Trail and 21st-century wonder

rocks welcoming you to the Rock Art Trail Rocks welcoming you to the Rock Art Trail at Grapevine’s Parr Park

If you’ve ever sought advice to combat writer’s block or to rediscover inspiration, you’ve likely stumbled upon the advice to go on a walk. And if you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I would amend that advice by recommending you take a walk on the Rock Art Tail in Grapevine’s Parr Park.

The Rock Art Trail is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a path lined with painted and decorated rocks. The rocks come in all sizes, shapes, and flavors.

Unsurprisingly, many works professed the creator’s love of the Great State.

rocks at the entrance of the Rock Art Trail Rocks at the entrance of the Rock Art Trail

A rock with major Texas cities and regions A rock with major Texas cities and regions

Some rocks celebrated alma maters or cartoon and comic book characters. Some were pieces of larger works.

Rocks forming a rainbow at the Rock Art Trail Rocks forming a rainbow at the Rock Art Trail

Some were products of their time.

A rock dedicated to someone who died of COVID-19 A rock dedicated to someone who died of COVID-19

A rock of a heart wearing a mask for COVID A rock of a heart wearing a mask for COVID

Some were intended to be inspirational.

A rock painted with "Broken is still beautiful" A rock painted with “Broken is still beautiful “

Some sought to give practical advice.

A rock painted with "don't outsmart your common sense" A rock painted with “don’t outsmart your common sense”

And some were pure silliness.

Pet rock cemetery Pet rock cemetery

But collectively, the rocks filled me with wonder. I marveled at the work that went into creating some of the rock art. The effort to paint the scenes. The time spent to find the perfect rock. How many people poked out their chests as they boasted about their participation in a Guinness record?

The trail served as a reminder of our desire to be a part of something, and a reminder that, regardless of what some people or outlets may make you believe, there are still beautiful somethings to be part of.

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