Two-Day Bike Ride Planned at Henry Horton State Park

March 1, 2016  |  Permalink

Henry Horton State Park is proud to host The Horton 100, the annual springtime Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT) event on April 23-24. Participants can enjoy riding approximately 50 miles each day through some of Middle Tennessee’s most beautiful areas in Marshall and Maury Counties. Riders will begin and end each day at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill.

With a mix of family-friendly and more challenging stretches, this ride will show the best of what Middle Tennessee has to offer from the prime vantage point of a bike seat. “We’re excited about the continuation of this spring ride and bringing cycling enthusiasts out to the Park,” said Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. “While riders are at Henry Horton, we hope they’ll take advantage of the Park’s natural features and other amenities.”

Registration includes breakfast on Saturday and Sunday as well as dinner Saturday night. All meals will be catered by The Governor’s Table Restaurant in Henry Horton State Park, which offers fresh dishes made with produce grown on-site. The Restaurant also features a newly opened full-service bar, The Tipped Canoe. The registration fee per person is $100 for both days and $50 for one day until April 10. On April 11, the fee increases to $125 for two days and $65 for one day. Online registration will close on April 17. Riders can camp for free or stay in one of the Park Inn’s 68 rooms or eight cabins for an additional fee.

The Park is located on the shores of the historic and beautiful Duck River, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Park Rangers will offer interpretive programming, including crafts and games, for kids and families who are there for the weekend.

“The spring ride is a great way to start off the bicycling season and it’s always great to bring some new riders out and show them what the BRAT is all about,” said Nelson Quillen, vice president of the Kingsport Bicycle Association and long-time BRAT rider. Most of the routes will be on two-lane highways. Riders are encouraged to wear appropriate safety gear, including reflective clothing and bicycle lights. Helmets are required to participate. Rest stations with refreshments will be available at various points along the ride.

More details, including the routes for both days, can be viewed online at http://www.imathlete.com/events/Horton100

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