Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Tallahassee

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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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  • Visited for the first time in December. My husband and I were looking for a spiritual experience for his birthday. Decided to visit here since we both have indigenous ancestry in our immediate bloodli...  more »
  • This is an excellent place for a picnic, as there are lots of tables available. There is also a covered pavilion and very nice bathrooms - real ones, not portable ones. We like to explore the trails a...  more »
  • This is a beautiful park. we didn’t hike the long trail but we hiked the short one and it is kid friendly and great if you want to just get out and about and get into some nature. It also has nice pic...  more »
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  • This is a great state park. It is in a residential area and acts as something of a neighborhood park. It is popular for dog walking, jogging and nature excursions. It has a few hiking trails, a berm associated with a historic mill and most importantly several American Indian Mounds. The largest of these mounds has an observation platform which has a commanding view of the surrounding area. The top of the largest mound is about forty feet high from the base. Additionally this park has a bathroom, some picnic tables and potable water.
  • Awesome place. Great place for dogs and great hiking trails. Clean, neat and bathrooms. Great scenery.
  • Great examples of remaining Native American architecture. The mounds are the remaining footprint of the Lake Jackson Peoples who lived on the fertile lake bottom before Europeans arrived. Picnicking, great hiking and views of deep ravines as well. Ask the great staff questions about the park.
  • Fantastic trails, pavilions, and bathrooms. Great place for a family BBQ.
  • There's 2 mounds you can see. It's overgrown with weeds/high grass. The bathrooms are clean. The view would be awesome if it wasn't overgrown with trees and grass/weeds!
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