Henry Horton State Park, located just south of Chapel Hill, surrounds the shores of Duck River. This state park has an interesting story as it was built on the estate of the former Tennessee governor, Henry Horton. You can still see parts of a mill and bridge along Wilhoite Mill Trail that was used by the family of Henry Horton’s spouse. There is so much to do while in the state park making this a perfect RV getaway. Let us walk you through a few of the must-dos of Henry Horton State Park.
First, let’s talk about the historic Duck River. This river contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, winding 269 miles through the middle of Tennessee. The U.S. Geological Survey has said it is one of three “hot-spots” for fish and mussel diversity throughout the entire world! The Duck River is also the sole water source for 250,000 people in Tennessee. While on the shores of Duck River in Henry Horton State Park, fishing is a must. Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Redeye and catfish are a few of the fish you should look out for. Some spots have also been known for great flyfishing!
If you get tired of the water, take your family on a hike on one of the many trails in the park. There are over 10 miles of hiking throughout the park, varying between easy and moderate difficulties. As you are walking through the trails, it is not uncommon to see wandering wildlife such as deer and wild turkeys. Also, if you feel like doing a little birding, this park is one of the best places to go! From watching Herons hunt for fish around Duck River to listening to barn owls calling each other from the trees, you are sure to find a few species that are new to you.
In addition to the nature activities in the state park, you can also play a round of golf at the Henry Horton Golf Course. The Greens Renovation Project is now complete and the new Champion Bermuda grass is ready for you. You can also hit the driving range for a little extra practice. For those of you that would rather throw a disk then hit a ball, you are in luck – there is an 18 hole disk golf course in the park that is free to use.
Now, to the most important question, where can you park your RV? There are 56 RV sites with water and 20/30/50 electric hookups. Forgot to pack a few things before leaving home? Not a problem – just stop by the newly renovated campstore for snacks, camping basics or even a t-shirt to commemorate your trip.
For more information on Henry Horton State Park and to reserve a campsite, please click here. We hope you will enjoy your getaway!
Photo Cred: U.S. Department of the Interior
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