Henry Horton State Park - Chapel Hill, TN - Tennessee State Parks

Welcome to Henry Horton State Park
Henry Horton State Park was constructed in the 1960s on the estate of the former governor of Tennessee, Henry Horton. The park is located on the shores of the historic Duck River, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Remnants of a mill and bridge operated and used by the family of Horton’s spouse for over a century may be seen today on the Wilhoite Mill Trail. The park offers several lodging options, including an inn, eight cabins, 56 RV campsites, 10 tent campsites, nine primitive campsites and three backcountry campsites. There are also three group campsites available. The inn features The Governor's Table Restaurant, open seven days a week. The Buford Ellington championship golf course at Henry Horton State Park is a challenging course, heavily treed with hardwoods and contains 37 bunkers. Duck River anglers can catch largemouth and smallmouth and red-eye bass and catfish, among many other species. The Henry Horton Trap and Skeet Range includes five skeet fields, two trap fields and a lodge building with concessions. Gun rental and ammo are available. A picnic shelter is available for large shoots or related gatherings. No pullers provided. Must be 18 years of age or youth sportsman. A valid hunter education card required for shooters under the age of 18.

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CAMPING
Rates: $10.50 — $31.25
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.
The Henry Horton State Park campgrounds have 75 campsites situated near the scenic Duck River; 19 of these are tent sites. The remaining 56 are RV sites with water and 20/30/50 electric hookups.
Campsites are limited to six people and two vehicles maximum. Only two tents or an RV and one tent allowed on camp sites. All sites have tables and fire rings. Two bathhouses are available seasonally and one remains open during the winter to accommodate tents and small campers without self-contained facilities. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash. Pets may not be left tied unattended. A large group tent camp site is also available.
The newly renovated campstore sells basic camping supplies, snack and drinks as well as gift items such as t-shirts, hats and toys. We recently added a new coffee and seating area as well as expanding our inventory. Come out and see us!

STANDARD CABINS
Rates: $95 — $140
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per cabin is non-refundable. $10 cancellation fee per cabin applies.
Henry Horton State Park has three standard cabins. Each cabin is fully equipped for housekeeping, including appliances, cooking utensils, linens and towels. Each cabin has a picnic table and charcoal grill. Cribs are available upon request.
Cabins #4 and #5 have two bedrooms, each with a queen-sized bed, living room, two bathrooms, full kitchen, central heat and air, gas fireplace and phone. Each cabin also has a sleeper sofa. Cabin #4 is handicap accessible.
Cabin #8 has three bedrooms and one bathroom. One bedroom has a queen-size bed, one bedroom has a full/double-size bed and the third bedroom has a twin/full bunk bed. The cabin has central heat and air, full kitchen, microwave, side by side refrigerator/freezer, gas fireplace and car port.

THE INN
Rates: $70 — $86
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change.
Henry Horton attracts vacationing families from across Tennessee and the Southeast to enjoy its convenient 68-room inn, diverse amenities and renowned riverside picnic sites. An Olympic-sized pool is open seasonally.
A few rooms are fully handicap accessible. Ask about an upgrade to a suite outfitted with a kitchenette and living area. A continental breakfast will be provided to inn guests in the hotel lobby Monday through Friday.
The Inn's Conference Center has four meeting rooms 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 up to 300 people.
For more information, call 931-364-2222.

PAVILIONS
Rates: $45 — $175
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change.
Henry Horton State Park has 4 picnic shelters/pavilions that may be reserved for your next event or gathering. Depending on the shelter, the maximum capacity ranges from 75 to 150 people. The shelters are equipped with picnic tables, and some have a grill and access to restrooms. The bathrooms will be re-opened on March 13th for the busy picnic season.
Full day shelter reservations may be made online or by calling the park. If you are interested in reserving a shelter for less than a full day, please contact the park office for availability information.
Picnic shelters or pavilions may be reserved online up to one year in advance with a paid reservation fee. There is a $3.00 cancellation fee for picnic shelter or pavilion reservations cancelled 8 days or more in advance of the reserved date. Reservations cancelled 7 days or less in advance of the reserved date forfeit all paid fees.

BIKING
Bikes are allowed on paved roads throughout Henry Horton State Park, including the Henry Horton Greenway. Bikes are not allowed on the trails, but the parks serves as the starting point for a variety of great road biking experiences.
Henry Horton State Park is host to a two-day 100+ mile bike ride each year that begins and ends at the park. This event is called the Horton 100 and offers cyclists to experience the best of what Middle Tennessee has to offer from the prime vantage point of a bike seat. .

BIRDING
Habitats range from limestone cedar glades to mature deciduous forests interspersed with fields and young woodlands. The Duck River, recognized as one of the most biodiverse in the country, bisects the park and is accessible from the Wilhoite Mill Trail, the Adeline Wilhoite Horton River Trail and the river access in the picnic loop. Herons hunt for fish in the shallows while belted kingfishers fly over. Paved roadways wind past grasslands behind the inn and restaurant and along the tree-lined Duck River. Barn owls may be heard from trees here during winter and spring evenings. Turkey, black vultures and red-tailed hawks soar above open areas.
The Adeline Wilhoite Horton River Trail traverses cedar glade and old field habitats, especially good spots for brown thrasher, common yellowthroat, and yellow-breasted chat. The trail features a 20-foot observation tower that overlooks a large native grassland and wetland. From here, ducks, song sparrows, and wild turkey can be seen, while in nearby woods, winter residents such as ruby and golden-crowned kinglets and hermit thrush occur alongside the common Carolina chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, and barred owl. During spring and fall migration, a variety of wood warblers present an exciting birding challenge. Over 70 species of birds have been observed throughout the year. For more locations, VIEW FLYER.

DISC GOLF
There is an 18 hole disc golf course inside the park that is free to the public. With level terrain and well defined fairways, this is one of the best disc golf courses in Tennessee.

FISHING
The Duck River provides catches of Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Redeye, and catfish. Fishing can be very good from the banks as well as by small boats. Some areas provide excellent opportunities for flyfishing.

GOLFING
Greens Renovation Project is complete and the course is open.
Improvements to the greens include replacing the bent grass with Champion Bermuda. The greens have been recontoured to provide challenging and fun hole locations. We are taking tee times from 9:00 AM through 1:00 PM daily. We are charging "Winter Rates" due to the newness of the greens and several are not yet completely filled in. The contouring of the greens came out perfectly and our driving range has six new synthetic mats and hitting stations for winter and inclement weather use. We hope these improvements will enhance your golfing experience at Henry Horton and look forward to seeing you in the fall. For additional information, please contact Neil Collins PGA Head Professional and Golf Course Manager at Neil.Collins@TN.Gov.
The Buford Ellington championship golf course at Henry Horton State Park 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 ensure an enjoyable round of golf.

HIKING
With over 10 miles of hiking, Henry Horton State Park is a wonderful place to get outside and into nature. From deep and cool sinkholes to dry and hot cedar glades, from riverbank ecology to areas with deep cultural history, the trials here are unique, diverse and rewarding around every bend.

Hickory Ridge Nature Loop — 1.5 Miles (inner loop) — 1 Mile (outerloop) — Natural Surface — Moderate
A 2.5 mile trail that showcases some of the park’s most different ecosystems, sink holes and cedar glades. Both are places of amazing diversity and contain plants and animals that are not found in any other type of landscape.

Wild Turkey Trail — 2.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
1.5 miles of beautiful mature oak and hickory forests with glimpses of vernal pools, abundant wildlife and signs of the early area farm life.
Wilhoite Mill Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
A 1 mile loop located where the first known crossing of the Duck River was made by early settlers in the late 1700s. Andrew Jackson carved the first road through this land. The Wilhoite family built a mill and dam in this location on the river in 1846.
Adeline Wilhoite Horton River Trail — 4.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
A 3.5 mile trail that follows the ecologically important Duck River, which makes it a great place to find fishing spots. At 1.5 miles in, there is a 20 foot observation tower overlooking a native grass field and wetland. After the trail leaves the river, it passes three back-country campsites, and winds it’s way through cedar glades, hardwood forests, old farm fields and remnants of abandoned farm homes.
Henry Horton Greenway — 0.2 Miles — Porous Concrete — Easy
A paved loop that highlights some of the wonderful native tree species and native grass fields.

SWIMMING
The Henry Horton pool is CLOSED, but will be open on Saturday, August 6. The pool will then be closed for the 2016 season.
The Olympic-sized pool is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM seven days a week. Admission is $4 per person, ages three and older and $2 for campers. There is a concession area. The pool has a wading pool for children and swimming diapers are required for younger children. The park offers a multi-visit pass for $120 for 40 visits. The last day the pool will be open is August 6. 2016.

TRAP AND SKEET
The Henry Horton Trap and Skeet Range is one of the finest in the state and offers Skeet, Trap, Wobble Trap, and Five Stand Shooting. We offer rental guns and sell ammunition and ear protection. Shooters under the age of 18 must present their Hunter Education card or certificate and be accompanied by an adult in order to shoot. The Trap and Skeet Range is open for the 2016 season through Nov 30, 2016. Hours are 12:00 PM- 7:00 PM CT, Thursday through Sunday. The Range is closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
For any questions or to schedule groups please call the park for more information.

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