Located just south of Jackson Tennessee in the small community of Pinson is the Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park. The park encompasses nearly 1,200 acres along the South Fork of the Forked Deer River, and includes the largest Woodland Period prehistoric archaeological site in the American Southeast.

The site was occupied during the period from around 200 B.C.-A.D. 400, and consists of at least twelve earthen mounds, and a large palisade or enclosure. The mounds at the site range from 7 to 72 feet in height. Much of the central portion of the site around these mounds was empty of houses or habitation, and likely served as a ceremonial center. 

The main mound at Pinson is known as Saul’s Mound, and stands 72 feet tall. At the time it was built (around 100 A.D.) it was the tallest man-made structure north of the Rio Grande. It remained the tallest structure in what would become the United States for nearly 1000 years, until the construction of the site of Cahokia near St. Louis, MO. 

Pinson Mounds has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park has a group camp that can accommodate up to 32 persons. This area includes cabins, a kitchen and meeting area, and restrooms with showers. The park features six-miles of hiking trails, including a nature trail and a boardwalk.

The park has a museum built to resemble a Native American mound. It includes exhibits, an archaeological library, and an 80-seat theater. Each year the park hosts Archaeofest, a celebration of Native American culture and archaeology.

TripAdvisor provides a link to Pinson mounds associated with the town of Pinson; however, the site is less than 10 miles from Jackson and should be included in the list of things to see.