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Roche-A-Cri State Park Activities and recreation

Hiking Hiking

From the observation platform atop Roche-A-Cri, you can see for many miles.The park has more than five miles of trails that can be hiked. The stairway to the top of the 300-foot Roche-A-Cri mound is one of the highlights of the park and offers spectacular views. The stairway is open from 6 a.m. to sunset.

Visitors can stop at the park office to check out a handheld GPS unit that is preloaded with geocaches at both Buckhorn and Roche-A-Cri state parks. There are also packets to check out with local caches.

Rock art

Roche-A-Cri State Park has the only interpreted rock art site in the state. The observation area is west of the office on the main park road. The accessible ramp and observation deck allow all visitors to view the petroglyphs and pictographs. Rock art consists of a number of stylized birds, bird tracks and other bird symbols. One painting depicts a connection between a human and a thunderbird. The mound also has numerous more recent carvings, from the mid-1800s to the 1950s.

Camping Camping

Camping at Roche-A-Cri State Park

Picnicking Shelters Playground Picnic areas

There are three picnic areas in the park; near the office, near the mound stairway and by the Chickadee Rock trail head. A reservable picnic shelter is near the mound stairway. The main picnic shelter area has a paved picnic pad with an accessible grill by the office parking area and is accessible for people with disabilities.

There is play equipment at the park office picnic area, in the campground and at the kiosk area. Volleyball and horseshoe courts are near the picnic shelter. Visit the park office to check out a volleyball or set of horseshoes. Please return the equipment at the end of each day.

Fishing Fishing

Brown and brook trout and a variety of panfish can be caught in Carter Creek. Fishing licenses apply.

Hunting Trapping Hunting and trapping

Hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the park during the Wisconsin state parks hunting and trapping time frame. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails. Certain trap types are restricted on state park properties. For more information, please see:

Winter Activities Winter activities

Winter hiking, snowshoeing and ungroomed cross-country skiing are popular in the park. During winter, the main entrance is closed and visitors should park in the lot on the north side of Czech Avenue, west of State Highway 13.

Last revised: Thursday March 24 2016