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Henry Horton State Park

Activities

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.

Check out our event calendar for complete details about Healthy Park, Healthy Person programs and events as they become available or visit the Friends of Henry Horton. Join us in keeping healthy and fit throughout the year.

Birding

Birding is exceptional along the bluff tops and in the cedar glades for residents such as Carolina Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse, Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and migrating warblers. Approximately 50 species of birds can be expected here during the late spring.

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

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.

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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 Nature 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.

Trap and Skeet

Please Note: The Trap and Skeep Range will close for the winter season beginning on December 1, 2014 and will re-open on February 12, 2015.

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 2014 season through Nov 30, 2014. Hours are 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. 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.

Swimming

Henry Horton's Olympic-sized pool is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is $4 per person, ages three and older and $2 for campers. The pool has a wading pool for children and a concession area. 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 15.