Roche-A-Cri Mound is part of Roche-A-Cri State Park and is the steepest hill in the State of Wisconsin according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR). This Adams County Mound was formed by ice and water from the diminishing glaciers of Old Lake Wisconsin during the last Ice Age. Ancient Native American rock art known as glyphs, petroglyphs, pictographs and hieroglyphs of where found at the base of Roche-A-Cri Mound as early as the mid 1800's. Like any natural and man-made attraction both the natural elements (erosion, water and wind) and accidental damage from visitors takes it toll over time.
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Roche-A-Cri Mound in not just a natural attraction anymore but a manmade one as well. Because of the concern of climbers' safety back in the 1970's the mound became off limits to visitors. So, to utilize this natural attraction the State of Wisconsin in the early to mid 1990's added a stairway of 303 steps from the basis of the mound all the way to the flat top on the north edge where an observation deck was placed offering a great view of the area. From this view point, you can see for miles and observe several other Wisconsin Rock Formations in the area including Rabbit Rock, Minnie Rock, Ship Rock, Cottonville Rock, Dorro Couche Mound (aka Dyracuse Mound), Necedah Mound and Petenwell Rock. There are large panoramic information plaques to help you identify what you are looking at in the Adams County area.
The mound is surrounded by Roche-A-Cri State Park which consists of several miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, a playground, sand volleyball courts, shelters, about 41 overnight camping sites and Carter Creek trout stream winds through the park just south of the mound. The park has several areas with historical and educational information posted for visitors to see. Roche-A-Cri Mound is not just a tourist attraction or natural artifact, but home to the area Wisconsin Wildlife including; Eastern Wild Turkey, Whitetail Deer, Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles, Raccoons, Possums or Opossums, Squirrels and a variety of small birds & hawks.