sun shining through trees by water at frank jackson state park in alabama

Peeking sun at Frank Jackson State Park. Photo: Park Facebook page

Frank Jackson State Park is a public lakeside recreation area in Covington County, only 26 miles east of Enterprise and 78 miles north of Destin, Florida.

The lake is naturally stream fed and considered to be an excellent place to fish by local anglers. Other popular activities at this picturesque park include camping, hiking and boating.

The park itself makes up an area of 2,050 acres and wraps around Lake Frank Jackson forming the northernmost portion of the city of Opp.

Both the lake and this Alabama park were named for local businessman and politician, Walter Frank Jackson, because of his efforts to bring about the realization of the lake and state park.

They were originally known as Lightwood Knot Creek when the park opened in 1970 and renamed during the 1980s.

Activities

This well maintained and clean park is popular year round but especially during the warmer months. The lake and wooded park provides a refreshing escape from the heat and a chance to swim, boat, fish and camp out.

The park also features 2 large pavilions, scattered picnic areas and a new gazebo and garden area that is ideal for weddings and large gatherings. And a new playground provides extra entertainment for the little ones.

Whether you visit for the day or spend the night listening to the peaceful waves of the lake you’ll thoroughly enjoy your time spent at this serene and beautiful park.

Here are some of the activities that await you at Frank Jackson State Park:

Fishing at Frank Jackson State Park

Fishing is probably the main attraction at Frank Jackson State Park, especially in April when the park holds their annual bass fishing tournament.

The lake is specially stocked and managed for prime freshwater fishing so bass, catfish, bream and crappie are abundant in these waters. Fish from boat, shore or pier. An ADA fishing pier is located at the northwest end of the dam and is accessible from highway 42.

Remember to pick up a fishing license before heading to the park. Licenses can be purchased online here.

Boating at Frank Jackson State Park

Bring your canoe, kayak or paddle boat for a nice relaxing day on the lake. Launch ramps are conveniently located in the beach area. If you don’t have your own boat you can rent one at nearby Blackwater Canoe. They have rentals of tubes, canoes and kayaks available.

Swimming at Frank Jackson State Park

The lake can be easily accessed from the grassy beach area. Or walk across the boardwalk to the island and swim. Just be aware of wildlife, especially snakes and alligators.

Trails at Frank Jackson State Park

More than 3 miles of trails are located inside of Frank Jackson State Park. Most of this trail system, part of a trail masters project, is considered easy walking.

A boardwalk bridge leads from the boat ramp near the parking area out to the island (a unique feature inside of the park). Another short walking trail loops around the island and provides limited access to the shoreline. Each of the park trails is named after a flower, such as the Magnolia Trail, which is an easy mile long loop.

Check out the educational kiosk located at the trail entrance. It provides information on the birds and small mammals which may be seen in the park.

Looking for more trails to explore? Take a drive over to nearby Conecuh National Forest.

Scarecrows in the Park at Frank Jackson State Park

During October and November the trails at Frank Jackson State Park are lined with decorative scarecrows. These scarecrows are proudly handmade by local individuals, schools, organizations and businesses. Definitely worth the visit to check them out!

Wildlife at Frank Jackson State Park

squirrel in a tree at Frank Jackson State Park in Alabama At the entrance to the trails you’ll find a kiosk with information on the wildlife that you may encounter at the park. Some you may come across are deer, squirrels, raccoons, snakes and alligators.

You’ll also see many species of birds, especially waterfowl and shorebirds. A great place for wildlife viewing is from the pedestrian bridge. From here you can see above and below (wetlands).

Camping at Frank Jackson State Park

Frank Jackson State Park has 32 lakefront RV campsites with full hookups and cable tv. Tents are allowed on these sites and 3 of the sites are handicapped accessible.

Another 8 tent only campsites are available along with space for hammocks. And a modern bathhouse is conveniently located nearby.

Cabins are also available to rent for overnight stays in the park. These cabins have 3 bedrooms, full kitchens (including utensils), satellite television, central heat and air conditioning. Plus each has a grill and picnic table right outside. You will need to bring your own pillows and bed linens.

Pets at Frank Jackson State Park

Pets are allowed but must be leashed and cleaned up after.

Attractions Near Frank Jackson State Park

Florala State Park is practically next door (514 Lake Shore Dr). This small lakeside park offers more of what is already available at Frank Jackson State Park – swimming, fishing and boating. And they have paddle boat rentals.

Conecuh National Forest is made up of 83,000 acres along the Alabama-Florida line, and is full of longleaf pines, shallow ponds and bogs and lots of wildlife. Activities include hunting, camping, fishing, hiking and picnicking.

Boll Weevil Monument is located at 101 Main St in Enterprise. This prominent landmark is dedicated to the boll weevil insect for its profound influence on the area’s agriculture. After you visit this unique monument stay in Enterprise for some shopping and good food!

Park Location

Frank Jackson State Park
100 Jerry Adams Drive Opp, AL 36467
Phone: 334.493.6988
1-800-252-7275

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Video

Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Frank Jackson State Park: