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!
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.
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 the WDNR’s Adopt-a-Trail Program click here.