BURN BAN Effective Monday, Nov. 14, 2016: As a precaution due to the extremely dry weather, no fires of any size are permitted at this time (including campfires and charcoal) in Henry Horton State Park. For full details of the Governor's order and a list of affected counties and parks, click here.
RESTAURANT CLOSURE NOTICE: The Governor's Table Restaurant at Henry Horton will close for renovations beginning on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 with a planned reopening in mid-April. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Healthy Parks, Healthy Person
Getting healthy has never been so rewarding! Introducing an app that rewards you for getting outside.
Getting outside has been proven to improve your physical and mental health. So go ahead, step outside, get into your local park, and get moving! While you are at it, earn points that can be redeemed for real rewards from Tennessee State Parks.
Healthy Park, Healthy Person
Want to lead a healthier life? Want to get fit but don’t know where to begin? Our Healthy Park, Healthy Person program is the answer. Sponsored by the Friends of Henry Horton and park staff, Healthy Park, Healthy Person focuses on three ways to enhance your well-being: healthy activities, healthy eating and healthy learning. Join park staff and Friends for our guided activities or set your own pace at a time that is convenient for you. This simple program is ideal for beginners or people who already maintain an active life style.
Here’s how it works. Sign up at the park office to receive your Healthy Points Card. Participate in qualifying healthy activities, classes and events to accumulate points. Redeem your points for incentives at the park and participating businesses. Park incentives include discounts on restaurant meals, golf, camping, swimming pool passes and other activities.
Topics and activities range from Dining With Diabetes classes, a series of classes that will help you gain cooking skills and tools needed to follow a diet plan for diabetes to our popular Walking Club. Receive points by choosing healthy menu options at the Governors Table Restaurant or play a round of golf without the cart – a perfect way to enjoy the greens and earn points toward your next game.
Additonal information can be found at Healthy Park, Healthy Person. Join us in keeping healthy and fit throughout the year.
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. .
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.
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.
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.
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 insure an enjoyable round of golf.
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.
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.