Known as one of the
most important archaeological sites discovered in Florida, the Lake Jackson Mounds have
yielded some of the most significant artifacts in the state. The site was once a large
ceremonial center dating back to the Fort Walton period of Florida's history (1000
A.D.-1450 A.D.). The entire complex consists of six earth temple mounds and one possible
burial mound. At least part of the village and trading area, the two largest mounds and a
third smaller mound are located within the state archaeological site. Pottery, stone tools
and the location and shape of the mounds have been used to identify the age and culture of
The remains of important tribal members have been found at the site with a rich array
of burial objects including items such as copper breast plates and shell beaded necklaces.
Such artifacts provide evidence of religious and trading ties with other large,
pre-historic Indian ceremonial centrs in the southeastern United States.
Lake Jackson Mounds State Archaeological Site is located off U.S. 27, two miles north
of I-10 in Tallahassee.
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Lake Jackson Mounds State Archaeological Site 1022 Desoto Park Dr. Tallahassee, FL
CLIMATE, RECOMMENDED CLOTHING
Summer - Dress cool, temperature in the 90s, insect repellant recommended, drinking
water if hiking, suntan lotion if planning on extended outside activity.
Winter- normally mild in the 40 to 76 degree range, wear layers of light clothing.
Occasional drops into the 20's and 30's.
FEES, COSTS, RATES
Interpretive programs and guided tours are given upon request, and visitation to the
site is free of charge. Guided tours and interpretive programs are given upon request with
two weeks notice by calling (904) 562-0042.
Pets are not allowed in camping areas, on bathing beaches, in concession areas and may
be restricted in other designated areas of the park. Where pets are allowed, they must be
kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash and well-behaved at all times. Service dogs are
welcome in all areas of the parks.
ADJACENT VISITOR ACTIVITIES
San Luis Archeological and Historic Site;
Lake Jackson Mounds State Archaeological Site, 1313 Crowder Road, Tallahassee, Florida
For more information on archeology, visit the National Park Service Southeast Archeological Center.
State Parks WWW Site