Hike Location: Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park
Geographic Location: east of
Tallahassee, FL (30.52067, -83.99126)
Length: 0.7 miles
Difficulty: 0/10 (Easy)
Last Hiked: December 2012
Overview: A flat nature trail touring several small Indian mounds.
Park Information: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/letchworth-love-mounds-archaeological-state-park
Hike Route Map: http://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=147678
Directions to the trailhead: East of Tallahassee, take I-10 to SR 57 (exit 203). Exit and go north on SR 57. Take SR 57 north to US 90 and turn right on US 90. Drive US 90 1.2 miles to the signed entrance road for
on the right. Turn right, drive down the entrance road, and park at the paved parking lot at the end of the road. Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park
The hike: Located in a rural area east of
Tallahassee, protects one of the tallest great temple mounds constructed by a people we know today as the Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park people. The Weeden Island people are linked together by a common type of pottery first unearthed on Weeden Island in Weeden Island The mounds at Letchworth-Love were constructed between 200 and 800 A.D., several hundred years before some of the other mounds located in this area. Pinellas County, FL.
Established only in 1998, the small state park protects not only the temple mound but also several other smaller nearby mounds constructed by the
people. The park has no facilities except a restroom building, a small picnic area, and the single short nature trail described here. The nature trail is quite new, as evidenced by the soft lightly-trampled ground that serves as the trail surface. The trail was built in October 2011 by David Messler as an Eagle project, and it provides a nice walk past some of the smaller mounds east of the temple mound. Weeden Island
Begin by walking the concrete path that heads southeast through the grassy picnic area. The trail passes a small mound and a picnic shelter with some interpretive signs before arriving at the 50-foot great temple mound. This land was farmed extensively after the mound was built. The plow has taken its toll, but some of the mound’s detailed features are still distinguishable. An interpretive sign at a wooden overlook platform helps you find the main features.
|Great Temple Mound|
|Blue arrows on the Weeden Trail|
|Smaller Indian mounds|