Town of Spectre, Jackson Lake Island, Alabama
Town of Spectre, Jackson Lake Island, Alabama | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures
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Nestled on the tranquil, cypress lined banks of the Alabama River lies the movie set used to film the hit 2003 movie Big Fish. Jackson Lake Island is home to the movie set Town of Spectre and dozens of free range goats. Campers can even spend the night, go fishing and enjoy the peaceful island retreat. 

Jenny's House at the Town of Spectre, Jackson Lake Island, Alabama
Jenny’s House at the Town of Spectre, Jackson Lake Island, Alabama | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

History

The island was scouted as an ideal spot for the filming of Big Fish in the early 2000s. Soon after a mock town center of buildings were put together and used to film the hit film. Over the years the set has been left to withstand nature and time. Some of the buildings have fallen apart and Jenny’s house was washed away by flooding of the Alabama River years ago. 

Town of Spectre, Jackson Lake Island, Alabama
Town of Spectre, Jackson Lake Island, Alabama | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

However, the buildings were recently stabilized to make an excellent tourist attraction for fans of the movie. Today, visitors can emerge from the swamp in the same spot where star Ewan McGregor first arrived in the Town of Spectre. Also, stroll the streets and see the line of shoes dangling up above. There are several plaques around the island that document the places that are of significance for the movie.

Plus, don’t forget to find a herd of goats. These free range goats roam the island and movie set making it an even more memorable experience. 

How to Visit

The Big Fish Town of Spectre is located on Jackson Lake Island in Millbrook, Alabama. The town is open for visiting but the insides of the buildings are closed for safety reasons. There are plenty of camping sites at the park both across the river and on the island. 

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Goats at the Town of Spectre, Jackson Lake Island, Alabama
Goats at the Town of Spectre, Jackson Lake Island, Alabama | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures
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Ashley Gary
Greetings, fellow adventurers! I'm Ashley, and I'm delighted to share my journeys and knowledge with you. As a passionate travel writer and devoted adventurer, I'm constantly fueled by the excitement of discovering new destinations and uncharted territories. With a heart full of curiosity and a suitcase packed with dreams, I've wandered through bustling marketplaces, hiked mist-covered mountains, and wandered down cobblestone streets in search of stories waiting to be told. Through my travel chronicles, I hope to not only transport you to the farthest corners of the globe but also inspire you to embrace the thrill of stepping into the unknown. Adventure awaits, and I can't wait to share it with you to help you find your adventure!

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