Butler Mill Trail

3600 Indian Mound Rd
Tallahassee FL 32303

Traverse through old plantation grounds, ceremonial mounds, and changing terrain on the Butler Mill Trail. Located in Lake Jackson Mounds State Park, Butler Mill Trail is a short yet extremely pleasant hike. It’s a meandering 0.8-mile loop, offering surprising changes in landscape that add to the fun. The trail passes remnants of Florida’s Territorial Period and early statehood (1825-1860), back when the land was part of a large plantation owned by Colonel Robert Butler. Hikers can see the old plantation’s waterworks, passing the site of the mill and crossing an earthen dam once used to irrigate the fields. This trail starts at the very end of the parking area and heads right into the shade of the hardwood forest. In spring, this is a perfect place to see trillium and columbine blooming.

While hiking through the Butler Mill Trail, be sure to see some of the largest ceremonial temple mound complexes in Florida. There are six earthen temple mounds, the tallest being 36 feet.


Featured uses: Trail running, hiking, walking and wildlife viewing. Leashed dogs are permitted.

Trail access: Lake Jackson Mounds State Park
3600 Indian Mounds Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
(850) 922-6007
For more information on Lake Jackson Mounds State Park, click here.

Amenities: Interpretive exhibit, historic site, tours, parking, and pavilion with picnic tables.

Cost: $3/day for parking.

 
ACTIVITIES
Hiking
SURFACE
Un-paved
LEVEL
Easy

Traverse through old plantation grounds, ceremonial mounds, and changing terrain on the Butler Mill Trail. Located in Lake Jackson Mounds State Park, Butler Mill Trail is a short yet extremely pleasant hike. It’s a meandering 0.8-mile loop, offering surprising changes in landscape that add to the fun. The trail passes remnants of Florida’s Territorial Period and early statehood (1825-1860), back when the land was part of a large plantation owned by Colonel Robert Butler. Hikers can see the old plantation’s waterworks, passing the site of the mill and crossing an earthen dam once used to irrigate the fields. This trail starts at the very end of the parking area and heads right into the shade of the hardwood forest. In spring, this is a perfect place to see trillium and columbine blooming.

While hiking through the Butler Mill Trail, be sure to see some of the largest ceremonial temple mound complexes in Florida. There are six earthen temple mounds, the tallest being 36 feet.


Featured uses: Trail running, hiking, walking and wildlife viewing. Leashed dogs are permitted.

Trail access: Lake Jackson Mounds State Park
3600 Indian Mounds Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
(850) 922-6007
For more information on Lake Jackson Mounds State Park, click here.

Amenities: Interpretive exhibit, historic site, tours, parking, and pavilion with picnic tables.

Cost: $3/day for parking.

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