Famous for its championship 18-hole golf course, Henry Horton also has a wide variety of nature-related activities that draw visitors to play along the Duck River Blueway, the longest stretch of free-flowing river in Tennessee, or observe wildlife and wildflowers along hiking trails. Anglers come for the bass, red-eye and catfish, and canoe floats, festivals and celebrations are available year-round, with other programs on request.
The park’s Karst topography provides for dramatic landscapes of exposed rock outcroppings, sinkholes and fissures, oak and hickory forests and cedar glades. Wildlife in the park includes several endangered species.
The park has a rich history, beginning with the arrival of Andrew Jackson and his troops, who cut through the dense undergrowth on their way to the Battle of New Orleans. In mid-1840s, widow Adeline Wilhoite bought 1,100 acres of what is now the park and began farm and mill operation with her two young sons, who were later called to war. One son, Jacob, was killed in the battle of Chattanooga. Adeline, thru great hardship, travelled in wagon to retrieve Jacob’s body; he is buried in cemetery on east side of 31A inside the park. The other son, John, returned to help manage operations. He married, and named his youngest daughter after his mother, Adeline. Adeline, too, grew up on the property and later met and married Henry Horton, who became governor of the state from 1927-1933.
Duck River anglers can catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, red eye, and catfish among many other species.
There are three easy-rated hiking trails at Henry Horton. The Hickory Ridge Loop is located near the campground and traverses habitats ranging from oak and hickory forest to unusual cedar glades. The Wilhoite Mill Trail follows the Duck River among second growth woods covering an early mill community. The Turkey Trail winds through rich woods and old fields.
Rangers will provide programs for any group year-round upon request. During the summer months, programs covering a variety of natural and cultural history topics are scheduled weekly. Hayrides, campfires and many other fun and informative activities take place on the weekends.
The park has an Olympic-sized pool with bathhouses and a concession stand. The pool is open from Memorial Day weekend through August 7, 2011. Ample sunbathing space is provided with the pool area, and there is a wading pool for children. Lifeguards are on duty during swimming hours. Swimming lessons are given during the summer.
Canoeing the easy-flowing Duck River is great family fun. Scheduled day floats are conducted by park staff during the summer, or visitors may bring their own or rent canoes from a nearby outfitter.
The Buford Ellington championship golf course at Henry Horton State Park is one of the finest courses in the state of Tennessee. The course measures 5,625 yards from the Forward tees and 7,020 yards from the Championship tees. This challenging course is heavily treed with hardwoods and contains 37 bunkers. Although the length may scare some golfers away, the fairways are generous in width and the greens larger than average. There are three sets of tees to accommodate every skill level and a friendly staff waiting to insure an enjoyable round of golf.
Tee times may be reserved by calling the golf course or you may make Online Tee Time Reservations at Henry Horton Golf Course.
Henry Horton has 83 picnic sites in a very scenic picnic area located on the shores of the Duck River. Tables and grills are provided and water, restrooms, playgrounds, and playfields are located nearby.
There are 4 large group picnic pavilions located nearby, capable of accommodating 125 people and equipped with grills and water spigots.
Picnic shelters are available by reservation only! There is a small charge for three of the four shelters and no charge for the other. Please contact the park at 931-364-7724.
The Junior Ranger Adventure Guide is divided into Four Steps. Each step covers different topics and offers a selection of fun, hands-on activites. As you complete each activity, you will be one step closer to becoming a Junior Ranger. Topics in Steps 1 & 2 include: Safety, History, Plants, Wildlife, Astronomy and Water. In Step 3 you will create your own stewardship project. In Step 4 you will take your Adventure Guide to the park ranger or park office to take your pledge, receive your badge and become an official Tennessee State Park Junior Ranger.
Call (931) 364-2222 for more information.
The inn has a gift shop containing toiletries, T-Shirts, books, caps, birdhouses, and many Tennessee-made crafts.
There are four meeting rooms in the inn with 2,000 sq. ft of space to accommodate from 15-90 people. The Conference Lodge with 3,150 sq. ft of meeting space is located in a separate building near the inn and is used for large meetings. It can can accommodate 160 people when arranged classroom style or 200 arranged in the theater style. Kitchen facilities are available at the lodge.
The inn is very popular with golfers, vacationing families, conferences, and small conventions. The Henry Horton Inn provides the guest with 65 inn rooms and four suites. Rooms are air conditioned, carpeted, and equipped with TV and phone. The suites have a small refrigerator, microwave, toaster and coffee maker. The inn has three pet-friendly rooms. The hotel has handicap rooms available.
Make your reservations at 1-800-250-8612 or (931) 364-2222. You can also make online reservations for the Park Inn or Cabins at Henry Horton.
Tour Buses and Motor Coaches are welcome. Please call in advance to request programs. Group room rates and group meals are also available with advance reservations.
Playgrounds, and playfields are located near the picnic areas.
There are 75 campsites situated near the scenic Duck River; 19 of these are tent sites. The remaining 56 are RV sites with water and electric hookups. All sites have tables, grills and fire rings. Campsites are limited to six (6) people and two (2) vehicles maximum. A large group tent camp site is also available. Two bathhouses are available seasonally, one bathhouse will remain open during the winter season to accommodate tents and small campers without self contained facilities. Please contact the park for specific closure dates and camping information. Note: Pets are welcome but must be on a leash. Pets may not be left tied unattended.
Campsites should be reserved in advance by calling the park or you may make Henry Horton Campground Reservations online.
Henry Horton State Park offers 5 rustic cabins and 3 deluxe cabins, all within walking distance of the inn.
Make your reservations at 1-800-250-8612 or (931) 364-2222 or you may make Henry Horton Cabin Reservations online.
Henry Horton Restaurant is a family restaurant capable of seating 255 people and includes two private dining areas. It serves an outstanding southern cuisine buffet along with special catered meals and banquets.
A continental breakfast will be provided to inn guests in the hotel lobby Monday through Friday.
Call (931) 364-2222 for more information.
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The park now encompasses 1,532 acres for recreation. Summer months provide hours of family enjoyment swimming in the Olympic-sized pool, fishing for bass, red eye and catfish along the Duck River, playing volleyball or basketball, picnicking, trap and skeet shooting and staying in the inn or cabins. Butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies are popular with park visitors.
Endangered species in the park include , such as Tennessee clubtail dragonfly, birdwing and slabside pearly mussels, glade cress; Duck River bladderpod; golden, redband, and coppercheek darters.
The gear works of the mill operated by the Wilhoite family and the cedar beams of the bridge and dam remain on the site.
The park’s most popular event, “Step Back in Time,” is a two-day event with arts, crafts, music, demonstrations and food.
4358 Nashville Hwy.
Chapel Hill, TN 37034
Phone - Toll Free: 800-250-8612
Henry Horton State Park is located 40 miles south of Nashville on U.S. Hwy 31A between the towns of Chapel Hill and Lewisburg. The park is accessible via I-65 by turning east on State Hwy 99 and following the signs.
Summer: 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.---Winter: 8:00 a.m. until sundown---Camper quiet time is 10:00 p.m.