More than eight centuries ago, Native Americans inhabited the area around Lake Jackson, just north of Tallahassee. The park site was part of what is now known as the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex. Today, it encompasses six earthen temple mounds and one possible burial mound. The largest mound is 278 feet by 312 feet at the base and approximately 36 feet in height. Artifacts of pre-Columbian societies have been found here including copper breastplates, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and cloaks. Visitors can enjoy a short hike past the remains of an 1800s grist mill or picnic on an open grassy area near the largest mound. Guided tours and interpretive programs of the park are available upon request.

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4 days ago

Trails is poorly taken care of and the three dollar fee is a dot steep for what you get. Hopefully they put the three bucks per person into equipment and manpower to remove the brush/fallen tree blocking the trail returning it into a loop.

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1 month ago

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10 months ago

Very nice. Not all that difficult, but really enjoyable none the less. If you go during the wet months be prepared for potentially wet feet. The paths leading to the largest mound is atop soggy ground.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Short, easy trail for beginners. ..just watch out for those sneaky roots. Lots of history to learn and see. well kept picnic area with bathrooms. Great place to take the kids and dogs.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I live near this trail and often, my family and I hike it. With so many cool geological features and plenty of sloping terrain, very long history, it's a nice place to stop a lot and look. Don't miss the misty steep head, which creates it's own micro environment. Lots of gray and red clay. Crawfish, freshwater muscles, and other Neat creatures! Geocache in there I still haven't found yet. It's a great trail for kids and adults. Great birding, botany, and temple mounds! Nice pavilion for picnics or gatherings. Had my sons birthday here once. Never crowded or creepy. Good bathrooms.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

This short interpretive trail offers a chance to view many native trees and plants along with a wonderful archaeological site. The Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park is the home of several mounds dating back to the "Southern Cult". The area was the political and religious center for Native Americans of this location during the period A.D. 1200 to A.D. 1500. I rate this trail as easy with the only challenge is navigating the numerous roots found on the trail.