Roche-a-Cri State Park

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Roche-a-Cri State Park
Wisconsin State Park
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Adams
Location Friendship
 - coordinates 44°0′9″N 89°49′10″W / 44.00250°N 89.81944°W / 44.00250; -89.81944Coordinates: 44°0′9″N 89°49′10″W / 44.00250°N 89.81944°W / 44.00250; -89.81944
Area 605 acres (245 ha)
Founded 1948
Management Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape

Roche-a-Cri State Park (from the French for crevice in the rock) is a state park north of Adams and Friendship in central Wisconsin. The park, 605 acres (245 ha) in area, was established in 1948.

The park features a 300-foot (91 m) rock outcropping with Native American petroglyphs—the Roche-a-Cri Petroglyphs—and a wooden stairway to the top, as well as more than 5 miles (8.0 km) of hiking trails.[1]

Natural History[edit]

The striking 300-foot (91 m) bluff is a hard core that remains from a larger sheet of Cambrian sandstone which has mostly eroded away. Around 19,000 to 15,000 years ago it was an island rising above Glacial Lake Wisconsin. On top of the bluff grow red oak, black oak, white oak, red pine, white pine, and jack pine. Buzzards also haunt the top.[2]


  1. ^ "Roche-a-Cri State Park". WilderNet. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Roche-A-Cri State Park: Nature". Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 

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