Roche-A-Cri State Park, established in 1948, protects a 300-foot-high rock outcropping and Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. The name "Roche-A-Cri" comes from French words meaning "crevice in the rock." The park has 41 rustic campsites and five miles of hiking trails within a forest of large oaks and pines. Carter Creek in the park offers fishing opportunities
Activities and recreation
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.
The family campground has four electric sites, two walk-in tent sites, one tent-only campsite and 33 rustic camping sites that can accommodate trailers or tents. Three campsites are non-reservable. One site is accessible to people with disabilities and has electricity available. The accessible site has a hard surface pad with a grill next to the tent area and an asphalt path to the toilet.
There is a dump station near the park office building. All campers must register at the park office or use the self-registration box in the office parking lot before setting up.
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.
Brown and brook trout and a variety of panfish can be caught in Carter Creek. Fishing licenses apply.
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.
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.
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