Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Tallahassee

(3.3/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park is one of the most important archaeological sites in Florida, the capital of chiefdom and ceremonial center of the Fort Walton Culture inhabited from 1050–1500. The complex originally included seven earthwork mounds, a public plaza and numerous individual village residences.One of several major mound sites in the Florida Panhandle, the park is located in northern Tallahassee, on the south shore of Lake Jackson. The complex has been managed as a Florida State Park since 1966. On May 6, 1971, the site was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as reference number 71000241.Fort Walton cultureThe site was built and occupied between 1000 and 1500 by people of the Fort Walton culture, the southernmost expression of the Mississippian culture. The scale of the site and the number and size of the mounds indicate that this was the site of a regional chiefdom, and was thus a political and religious center. After the abandonment of the Lake Jackson site the chiefdom seat was moved to Anhaica (rediscovered in 1987 by B. Calvin Jones and located within DeSoto Site Historic State Park), where in 1539 it was visited by the Hernando de Soto entrada, who knew the residents as the historic Muskogean-speaking Apalachee people. Other related Fort Walton sites are located at Velda Mound (also a park), Cayson Mound and Village Site and Yon Mound and Village Site.
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  • A hidden gem, and a truly beautiful state park. Gorgeous trees and a creek that runs by. Not very many people, quiet and calm. 
  • Variety of trails to select from. Wooden stairs to top of two of the mounds are close to parking area. One path required dexterity to navigate temporary boards on the ground through a muddy area which...  more »
  • Lake Jackson Mounds preserves several beautifully preserved "Fort Walton" or Mississippian-era mounds and has a beautiful nature trail that winds through the remains of a 19th century plantation farmi...  more »
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  • I just discovered this place, even though i have lived in Tally my whole life. Nice park in the middle of a neighborhood. My friends just had small wedding out there and it was beautiful!
  • Peaceful area. The Park has one large pavilion and about one dozen picnic tables. There is ample parking including handicapped parking. The facility was well maintained. Take good shoes of course. There is a restroom facility and refuse bins.
  • I used to take my cockerspaniels two.to this parks paths. My dogs would run wild down and about in the Ravine while stayed on the cumbersome trail. I stopped going when I noticed the dogs.. Rhett and Sampson had uncovered rattlesnakes hiding on the path on occasion actually just laying across the path in the late sunlight. Those dogs y'all. They would not mind. I had to keep trucking up and down the path until the dogs qquit harassing the rattlesnake's sleeping. It's good they made it back alive. And from there on out we just went up to the top of the mounds,and down around the lake. To check out the scenery. everytime I'd go we would chase an F. 'S.U.midget football given to us by George Mays Owner at all Chaires Cross Road and Farms.
  • Nice trails and has a sense of being removed even when being so close to town. Good afternoon hike/educational trip.
  • A great, no-frills picnic and hiking area that is worth the couple hours it requires to check out. I truly enjoy the trails there, but wish there were more of them (and that the park was much larger). The picnic area is large offering both covered and uncovered options, perfect for a group-family outing with kids.