Fort Toulouse Jackson
Fort Toulouse Jackson is an Alabama State Park and is located near the confluence of the Coosa River and Tallapoosa River. The park has military forts, prehistoric mounds (some more than 1,000 years old), and is also home to the William Bartram Nature Trail, a pathway built for hikers and birdwatchers.
Fort Toulouse Jackson proves to be an immersive experience that transports visitors back to the early 18th century Fort Toulouse, as well as 19th century Fort Jackson. During historic re-enactments at the park, you’ll find weavers, soldiers, blacksmiths and bakers. In fact, Frontier Days, one of the most popular events at the park, brings thousands of visitors and school children from miles around.
First built by the French in the early 1700’s, the fort acted as a commercial, religious and diplomatic center for the French from 1717 until 1763. It was also an important location for French merchants to trade their goods with neighboring Creeks, helping to strengthen the relationship between the two trading partners. In the early 19th century, the fort was re-established and named Fort Jackson and was where Red Stick leader William Weatherford surrendered to Andrew Jackson, resulting in the Treaty of Fort Jackson.
The park has many different unmarked paths, as well as a 39-site campground, equipped with bathhouses, picnic tables and grills. Two major events held at the fort each year are Alabama Frontier Days and the French and Indian Encampment.