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 temporarily closed for greens renovations until mid-September, 2015. This challenging course is 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.
Bikes are allowed on paved roads throughout Henry Horton State Park.
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.
Henry Horton's Olympic-sized pool is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, ages three and older and $2.50 for campers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Birding is exceptional for residents such as Carolina chickadee and tufted titmouse, pileated and red-bellied woodpeckers and migrating warblers. Over 70 species of birds have been observed throughout the year.
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. WiFi is available in the campground and firewood is sold onsite. 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!