Governor Bill Lee, Rep. Todd Warner of Chapel Hill and other state officials recently launched construction of a two-story visitor center and a new 6,400-square-foot restaurant representing $8.25 million in capital improvements at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill.
“Our state parks are a great source of pride for Tennessee, and this project underscores our commitment to providing Tennesseans with modern facilities to accompany the natural beauty at Henry Horton State Park,” Gov. Lee said.
We’re very fortunate to live in a great state that not only has beautiful parks, but blessed that we are one of the best financially managed states in the nation. The increase in visitors will also increase tax dollars to our local tax coffers,” Rep. Todd Warner said. “The capital improvements are a sound investment in our future.”
About the Park
Tennessee’s Henry Horton State Park was constructed in the 1960s. The park is built on the estate of the former governor of Tennessee, Henry Horton. The beautiful state park is located on the shores of the historic Duck River, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. The 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.
“If you interested in assisting Henry Horton I would encourage you to get involved in Friends of Henry Horton Park,” Rep. Todd Warner said.
“We are proud that people across our state continue to see Tennessee State Parks as a special place to gather, and Henry Horton State Park is a great example.” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said. “These new attractions will maintain Henry Horton State Park as a popular meeting and dining center for many years to come.”
The visitor center will feature a 1,154-square-foot exhibit and interpretive area, as well as a conference room of matching size, and another 2,100 square feet of office space. The center will also feature a gift shop and information desk. The restaurant will seat 120 people in its dining area and lounge, along with outdoor dining for 52. It will include a 32-seat area for private dining. The construction is part of a long-term strategy of improvements at state parks across the state over the last several years.
Rep. Todd Warner was on WGNS Rutherford Magazine Show with host Mike Sparks on Halloween Day discussing the Chapel Hill ghost light, Henry Horton Park improvements and history of Marshall County hosting three Tennessee state governors including Henry Horton, Buford Ellington and Jim Nance McCord.
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The park offers several lodging options, including a lodge, eight cabins, 56 RV campsites, 10 tent campsites, nine primitive campsites, and three backcountry campsites. There are also three group campsites available.
The Governor’s Table Restaurant and Tipped Canoe Louge are a destination for travelers and locals.
To learn more about Marshall County visit: https://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entries/marshall-county/
To book your next visit at Henry Horton State Park or campsite visit: https://reserve.tnstateparks.com/henry-horton