Rockin’ the Ozarks creator Kate Falter has placed about 200 of these rocks herself. With her two daughters Faith and Rose, Kate paints rocks (some with inspiring messages) and hides them all over the Lake area for others to find.

If you look hard enough, you might stumble upon one of these colorful, hand-painted rocks placed in random locations around Lake of the Ozarks. There is a reason they are there — to brighten your day.

Rockin’ the Ozarks creator Kate Falter has placed about 200 of these rocks herself. With her two daughters Faith and Rose, Kate paints rocks (some with inspiring messages) and hides them all over the Lake area for others to find.

After getting sick of seeing negative posts on her Facebook feed, Falter came across a group in Jefferson City that was posting beautifully-painted rocks and hiding them around the community. This real-life scavenger hunt was making a positive impact in a fun way.

“These rocks were spreading happiness like wildfire,” she said. “I asked the lady who started the Jefferson City group if she minded if I started one here and she said ‘Spread the love.’”

Hundreds of people have joined the Rockin’ the Ozarks Facebook group, taking photos of their painted rocks, often giving clues of where they will be hidden. So far well over 1,100 people have joined the group. These rocks can be found just about everywhere — parks, in front of busy shopping areas, schools, gas stations and other businesses.

“They make a person’s day whether they hunt for them or stumble upon them after work or while out on an errand,” Falter said. “It brings me joy to think that hopefully it made someone smile.”

To participate all you have to do is join the Facebook group Rockin’ the Ozarks and start documenting your journey. Falter recommends using acrylic paint followed by a coat of weatherproof sealer to protect your rocks. Write on the back with a permanent marker the group name (Rockin’ the Ozarks), hide it somewhere and leave a clue on the group page or just wait to see who picks it up. If you find one, take a picture, share on Facebook, and keep it or re-hide the rock.

“One day the girls and I hid over 30 from HH to the end of Osage Beach. It took us over three hours but it’s a great time to relax and spend time with your family.”

Other rock groups to join

JC Rocks

USA Rocks