Date Of Visit: October 16, 2016
Location Nelson Memorial Park
Hours: Open everyday, dawn until dusk
Highlights: biking and walking trail, flowers, scenic views, stones with words and phrases of encouragement on them
The G.R.A.C.E. Trail in Plymouth, MA, is not your average walking or biking trail. Standing for Gratitude, Release, Acceptance, Challenge and Embrace, the idea for this trail is the creation of author, life coach and TED X speaker and Plymouth, MA, resident Anne Jolles. The trail is designed to help people reflect on and overcome their struggles. According to Ann Jolles’ website, the trail is meant to get people from, “a state of confusion and overwhelm to one of hope and possibility.” Now, inspired by Jolle’s trail, GRACE trails are appearing all over the country.
There may be many grace trails but this one in Plymouth, MA, is where it all started.
Located next to Nelson Memorial Park, GRACE trail appears like any other trail. However, upon closer inspection, it is very different. Rocks and stones with words of encourage and placed along the side of the trail. At the entrance of the trail, there are rocks with words of encouragement (these rocks have gratitude and “just breath” written on them) and a notepad to write your own words of encouragement. The person who left a message on the notepad about how he or she left someone who was abusive and “free” is written underneath the message. It’s very inspiring and for the cynics out there who think that may have been a “faked” message (I know you may be out there), who cares? It’s something people could still draw inspiration and maybe a nudge to do the same thing. And that is what this trail is all about; inspiring others and grace.
Along the trail, you’ll find other signs of inspiration and grace.
I love how one of the rocks says to “accept…or not.” You don’t have to and should not accept certain things in your life.
These rocks encourage you to embrace the possibilities and “hang on” to hope.
There are messages of hope and inspiration everywhere
I know I could really use a place like this with all of its positivity and inspiration. I would go everyday if I lived closer to the trail.
The trail are very easy and level along at Grace Trail.
In addition to the pretty stones and encouraging words, there are scenic views and trails that go off into other areas like the trail below that leads to the beach. The views are very pretty along the trail.
The beach offers views of Plymouth Harbor and the surrounding area.
Since it was such an unseasonably warm autumnn day, there were an assortment of boats (motor powered and otherwise) in the water.
There is also remnants of a railroad that used to go by the area. Flowers and grass now grow where the train used to run.
The Grace Trail is also dog friendly. Lilly, a 9 year old Palmarin, enjoyed walking along the trail.
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