Experiences & Amenities
There are many different species of birds to view at the park which include osprey, red-shouldered hawks and northern cardinals.
Lake Jackson Mounds offers a .75 mile interpretive trail that meanders past an early 1800s Grist mill located in Butler Mill Creek. The mill belonged to Colonial Robert Butler who was the first land Surveyor General of Florida. Lake Jackson also has a 2.2 mile nature trail where you can enjoy a multitude of flora and fauna. The interpretive trail is a little more challenging due to the rougher terrain and slope of portions of the trail. The nature trail is predominantly grasslands mixed throughout with more stable grade and slope.
Lake Jackson is a beautiful park to enjoy a picnic. Numerous picnic tables are located between the two Mounds and under the pavilion. The pavilion is first-come, first-served, unless there is a paid reservation. Contact the park at (850) 487-7989 for more information on renting the pavilion.
Lake Jackson offers a one-hour Ranger guided interpretive tour with two weeks notice. We can accommodate groups up to 50 people. If your group contains more than 50, or you cannot give us a two week notice, please call the office at (850) 487-7989. We make every reasonable effort to accommodate all tour groups when the situation allows.
There are many different types of wildlife to view while you are at the park, including deer, squirrels, foxes and turtles.
There is evidence that the Lake Jackson Indians participated in a southeastern socio-religious complex known to archaeologists as the 'Southeastern Ceremonial Complex,' which flourished around A.D. 1200. The area was probably the political and religious center for Native Americans of this location during the period 1200 A.D. to 1500 A.D.
The interpretive exhibit is located under the picnic pavilion. Educate yourself about the Native Americans that once inhabited the area around Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park.