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Henry Horton State Park

Henry Horton State Park
Sign at the entrance of Henry Horton State Park
Type Tennessee State Park
Location Chapel Hill, TN
Area 1,140 acres (4.6 km2)
Operated by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Status open year round

Henry Horton State Park located near Chapel Hill, Tennessee, is a state park located in middle Tennessee. The park was constructed in the 1960s on the estate of the former governor of Tennessee, Henry Horton.

The park offers canoeing, camping, lodging, hiking and many other activities.


  • Camping
  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic
  • Playgrounds
  • Trap and Skeet Shooting
  • Sports
  • Swimming


  • Step Back in Time (September) - See antique farm equipment in action, craft booths, demonstrations, contests, music, entertainment and much more.



  • Horton Park Inn - 65 rooms and 4 suites
  • Cabins - 7 total cabins within walking distance of inn
  • Campgrounds - 75 campsites, some located near the Duck River


  • Recreation Building - 3,150 sq ft (293 m2) of meeting space is located in a separate building near the inn and is used for large meetings up to 300 people.

There are additional meeting rooms in the inn and restaurant. Booking: 931-364-7724


83 picnic sites and 4 large group picnic pavilions


Henry Horton features 75 campsites situated near the scenic Duck River; 19 of these are primitive tent sites. The remaining 56 are RV sites with water and electric hookups. All sites have tables, grills and fire rings, and most are wooded. A large group tent camp site is also available. Two bathhouses are available seasonally.

Professional Trap and Skeet Range

Five skeet fields, 2 trap fields and lodge building with concessions, gun rental and ammo available. A picnic shelter is available for large shoots or related gatherings.


Henry Horton Restaurant is a family restaurant capable of seating 255 people and includes two private dining areas.

Sports Fields

Baseball, basketball, disc golf, tennis, and volleyball


The park features an Olympic-sized pool with bathhouses and a concession stand. There is also water access to the scenic Duck River, and a very small boat ramp suitable for launching of canoes and kayaks.


Duck River anglers can catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, red-eye, and catfish. A valid Tennessee fishing license is required.


The park features three relatively flat, easy hiking trails, some with excellent views overlooking the Duck River. The 1.3 mile Hickory Ridge Loop is located near the campground and traverses habitats ranging from oak-hickory forest to unusual cedar glades. The .7 mile Wilhoite Mill Trail follows the Duck River among second growth woods covering an early mill community. The 1.7 mile Turkey Trail loop is the longest trail in the park. It winds through rich woods and old fields. All three trails are relatively easy and are suitable for families and adults of all ages.

Duck River

The Duck River flows through the park and is the longest river located entirely within the U.S. state of Tennessee. Free flowing for most of its length, the Duck River is home to over 50 species of freshwater mussels and 151 species of fish, making it one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America.


One of the finest courses in the state, the Buford Ellington Golf 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, contains 37 bunkers, generous fairways and larger than average greens. There are three sets of tees to accommodate every skill level.

External links

  • Henry Horton State Park official website
  • Buford Ellington Golf Course
  • Town of Chapel Hill
  • Official WRA Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Coordinates: 35°35′35″N 86°42′5″W / 35.59306°N 86.70139°W / 35.59306; -86.70139

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