Locate It: Jackson

Just 40 miles south of Atlanta, outdoorsy types can explore large swaths of nature beginning with a visit to downtown Jackson in historic Butts County.

Maybe you recognize parts of the town in recent movie or television films? It’s a hot spot location in Atlanta’s film industry (think “Stranger Things”}.
Minutes from the bustling downtown, you can slip a fishing line into Jackson Lake, hike at High Falls State Park, wander to the Dauset Trails Nature Center and enjoy more hiking, boating, and camping destinations.
High Falls State Park is named for cascading water on the Towaliga River. The 650-acre lake in the park is easily accessed by boat ramps and fishing docks and is known as one of Georgia’s top fishing spots for hybrid and white bass. P.S. They have overnight yurts among their campground offerings!
Swim, fish, and boat in the placid waters of Lake Jackson, a 4,750-acre lake. Created in 1910, Lake Jackson is one of the oldest reservoirs in Georgia and is owned and operated by the Georgia Power Company.

We are grateful for the Creeks Recreational Trail System, leading us through virgin forests and connecting over 10 miles of trails to Dauset Trails Nature Center and into Indian Springs State Park (natural mineral springs).
Dauset Trails Nature Center might have just everything: 30 miles of scenic hiking and mountain biking trails, plus a 5-mile looping equestrian trail. In the 1980s, Dauset Trails started with a self-guided trail that looped through the woods by a lake. Gradually, injured and orphaned animals began to be cared for near the Visitors Center. You can visit farm animals in the barnyard exhibits: mule, donkey, cows, pigs, goats, and chickens; and buy food to feed the ducks, geese, big catfish, bream, and assorted turtles that live in the lake behind the Visitors Center.
Just two miles from Dauset Trails Nature Center, in Flovilla, is Indian Springs State Park, one of the oldest state park’s in the nation. The park’s natural artesian spring has been used by generations of people for its flowing mineral water. Park guests can enjoy wading in Sandy Creek, walking nature trails, or biking.

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Jackson - Locations

The Creeks Recreational Trail System

Historic Heartland
955 Brownlee Rd.
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-4839

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Ridgeway Christmas Tree Farm

Historic Heartland
2964 High Falls Rd.
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-3120

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3rd Street Mural

Historic Heartland
100-160 U.S. Hwy. 23
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-4839

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Lake Jackson – City of Jackson

Historic Heartland
180 Dam Rd.
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-4753

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High Falls State Park

Historic Heartland
76 High Falls Park Dr.
Jackson, GA 30233
478-993-3053

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High Falls State Park – Forsyth

Historic Heartland
76 High Falls Park Dr.
Jackson, GA 30233
478-993-3053

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Dauset Trails Nature Center

Historic Heartland
360 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Jackson, GA 30233-5926
770-775-6798

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Butts County Visitor Center

Historic Heartland
25 Third St.
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-4839

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Butts Aglow Hot Air Balloon Show

Historic Heartland
The Rivers Ranch, 1959 Hwy. 42 N.
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-4839

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