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Description - **Note: This information was provided by www.floridastateparks.org.

Visitors to this archaeological site will see Florida's tallest Native American ceremonial mound-46 feet-built between 1100 and 1800 years ago. The people who built the mound are believed to have been members of the Weedon Island Culture, a group of Native Americans who lived in North Florida between 200 and 800 A.D. The park offers picnicking, birding, and hiking. A nature trail winds around the perimeter of the ceremonial mound. The picnic area and platform viewing area for the mound are wheelchair-accessible. Located 15 miles east of Tallahassee, off U.S. 90 on 4500 Sunray Road South.

Attractions - Picnic tables are available.

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park.

Recreation - Hiking trails are available.

Climate - Florida's weather is dominated by the water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Gulf of Mexico in the west provide a stabilizing force that maintains the mild climate. Northern Florida is considered sub tropical, although it does receive some snow. This area is drier than the rest of the state. Southern areas of the state, definitely the Keys, lie within a tropical climate. Humidity is high, a characteristic of the climate, although the temperatures usually don't extend past 90 degrees F.

On the average the state receives 50 to 65 inches of rain. Summer is the rainy season, which extends into October in the south. Hurricane season begins in late August. Some hurricanes can bring up to 25 inches of rain. An average of two hurricanes per season reach the Florida peninsula. Most often these storms reach the Atlantic Coast rather than the Gulf Coast.

Location - Letchworth Mounds Archaeological State Park is located in Jefferson County, approximately 6 miles west of Monticello. From Monticello go west on U.S. 90. Turn left onto Sunray Road South and proceed .5 mile to the park entrance. From Tallahassee take U.S. 90 East for approximately 15 miles past Interstate 10, then turn right onto Sunray Road South and proceed .5 mile to the park entrance.


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Contact Information:
Letchworth Mounds Archaeological State Park, 4500 Sunray Road South , Monticello, Florida, 32344, Phone: 850-922-6007
, michael.strivelli@dep.state.fl.us

Additional Information:
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

Links:
Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website

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