Indiana national park discourages visitors from leaving behind painted rocks

VINCENNES, Ind. — A national park in southern Indiana is discouraging visitors from taking part in a scavenger hunt-type fad where people paint rocks and leave them places.

The rock-painting trend has recently become a problem at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes. Joe Herron is the park’s chief ranger and he’s not a fan of the rock-painting fad.

He tells the Evansville Courier & Press that park employees have “had to be a party pooper” and pick up and remove painted rocks left in the park that honors a Revolutionary War hero because they aren’t consistent with the National Park Service’s “leave it as you found it” policy.

Herron says the rocks have also been placed at the bottoms of the park’s stone stairways, creating a tripping hazard.