Sports & Recreation
In 1998, the Jackson Generals were born when the formerly Memphis-based Southern League franchise moved to Jackson. The AA minor league team is an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. "The Ballpark at Jackson" is extremely fan-friendly. The last row of seats is a mere 30 feet above the playing surface. There are great sightlines and a well-stocked concession area. Corporate boxes round out the offerings.
Other sports – from college football to a host of adult and children’s recreational leagues – also vie for the town’s attention.
Jackson also offers golf courses, indoor swimming pools, tennis courts, two bowling centers, and well-kept fields for baseball, T-ball, softball, soccer and other activities.
Jackson is home to the West Tennessee Healthcare Baseball/Softball Sportsplex it is located on approximately 65 acres adjacent to Pringles Park. It includes a 17-field facility that is used for local play, and also hosts national and regional tournaments.
Jackson’s park system is a well-kept gem. The Jackson Recreation and Parks Department has been nationally recognized for its variety and depth of program services and its parks system. It has been ranked in the top 20 nationally for cities of similar size. The Department operates 12 parks, covering 800 acres. Major parks include:
- Muse Park, 100 acres in the central city that offers playgrounds, and courts and fields for many activities.
- Kate Campbell Robertson Memorial Park, 317 acres on the east side of town with plenty of open space for enjoying the outdoors. It offers basketball courts, fields, pavilions and playgrounds.
- Cypress Grove Nature Park, which features over a mile of winding, elevated boardwalk into an unspoiled 165-acre cypress forest. The park features an Rockwell Observation Tower, 24 acre Wood Duck Lake, Killdeer Pond and an Aerie Trail Raptor Center, for non-releasable birds of prey.
Jackson’s residents also are within an hour or two drive from several state parks, including Reelfoot Lake, which America’s bald eagle calls home in winter; and Chickasaw State Park and Natchez Trace State Park with their rustic trails and picnic areas. Paris Landing State Park and Pickwick State Park – northeast and southeast respectively from Jackson – sit on the scenic Tennessee River and offer boating, golf courses, lodging and other recreational activities.