Adopt-a-Trail

Roche-a-Cri  State Park

Adams County may not be known for much, but if there is one thing that this area should be better known for is its unique plants and animals that find a home in our local natural areas!

To engage our local community and park goers and share our enthusiasm about the natural features Central Wisconsin has to offer, we have adopted another series of trails at Roche-A-Cri State Park through the WDNR Adopt-a-Trail Program. 

One unique aspect about Roche-A-Cri State Park is that over three-quarters of the park’s 605 acres are  designated as State Natural Areas: Roche-A-Cri Woods and Roche-A-Cri Mound. 

From the winter parking lot, our first trail begins in a restored prairie that was planted in 1996. If you visit in the middle of summer, you can see the compass plants blooming in the prairie. Compass plants are one of our favorites and an important component of tall-grass prairies. Some have been known to live over 100 years!

State Parks

Purpose: Outdoor Recreation

State parks are natural areas that cater to a variety of outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, horse-back riding, swimming, among many others.

 

 

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State Natural Areas (SNAs)

Purpose: Conservation, Research

A SNA is an area designated to protect Wisconsin’s prime natural features, such as rare plants and animals, natural communities, geological formations, and archaeological sites.

Turkey Vulture Trail winds through a transitional zone between the forest and prairie and offers an elevated view of some of Central Wisconsin’s most pristine old-growth forest. Carter Creek runs year-round through the park and has carved undulating topography of oxbow ponds and terraces through Roche-A-Cri Woods. Spring Peeper Trail offers the best viewing experience of the beautiful Carter Creek floodplain landscape.

An oxbow is a U-shaped bend that was formed by a former channel of a creek or river

We encourage local community members and park visitors to enjoy and explore the natural areas that Adams County has to offer, and invite those who are interested in helping with or learning more about our activities at the park to contact us!

Stay tuned for updates, events, and other information.

 

 

For more information about Roche-A-Cri Mound SNA click here, or check out theSNA Project.

For more information about Roche-A-Cri Woods SNA click here, or check out theSNA Project.

For more information about the WDNR’s Adopt-a-Trail Program click here.

Adopt a Trail

East Bluff

We are happy to announce that we have adopted the East Bluff  and East Bluff Woods Trails through the WDNR’s Adopt-a-Trail program. Combined, we adopted three miles of trails – one even passes through the East Bluff State Natural Area! Our volunteer efforts will be focused on developing a strategic approach, monitoring, and controlling undesirable and invasive species, recording existing native plants, and helping to clean-up litter and assist with basic trail maintenance.

Our decision to adopt a trail was an easy one to make. We wanted to use our skills to help care for, maintain, and protect the natural areas that we, and millions of others, have hiked and enjoyed over the years. We don’t know of a more scenic and ecologically rich trail of its length in the entire Midwest!

The East Bluff Loop starts in a rich, mesic forest (characteristic of Devil’s Lake State Park), skims alongside exposed cliff faces, and passes through some of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. It was also a great excuse to visit Devil’s Lake more often!

State Natural Areas (SNAs)

What is a state natural area? A SNA is an area designated to protect Wisconsin’s prime natural features, such as rare plants and animals, natural communities, geological formations, and archaeological sites. To learn more about SNAs,  click here.

About one-third of our adopted trails run through the East Bluff State Natural Area (SNA) that features a dry prairie and a bedrock glade – some of the best examples of these natural communities in the state. Another interesting feature of the East Bluff SNA is the pygmy forest. Although the short stature of these trees gives the appearance of a younger looking woodland – don’t let it fool you – these trees are over 120 years old!  

East Bluff Rock Formations

  • Elephant Rock
  • Devil’s Doorway
  • Balanced Rock Trail (connects to East Bluff Trail)

We hope to keep nearby residents and park visitors involved with our efforts, and invite those who are interested in helping with or learning more about our activities at the park to contact us!

Stay tuned for updates, events, and other information about our newly adopted trails!

For more information about East Bluff State Natural Area visit theWDNR’s website, or check out theSNA Project.

For more information about the WDNR’s Adopt-a-Trail Program – click here.