Friends of Henry Horton work to beautify park

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
photos by Anthony S. Puca Friends of Henry Horton State Park board member Ricky Sweeny taking aim at the Turkey Shoot.

There are over twenty-seven volunteer Friends groups now working in the Tennessee State Park System to help beautify, promote, and preserve the natural splendor of each park. These groups were officially sanctioned as non-profit organizations by the Tennessee legislature in 1993. The Friends groups receive tax exempt status and all donations and membership fees are tax deductible.

The Friends of Henry Horton State Park group was formed in January of 2006. The group states its objectives as providing support to Henry Horton State Park through volunteers and fundraising projects. Volunteers can assist with park enhancement projects such as park cleanups, trail maintenance and special events. Funds are raised through membership donations and fundraising events. All funds raised through the Friends group go directly to the improvement of the park. Park needs are determined by the park staff and Friends members.

In 2006 the Friends of Henry Horton group assisted with Step Back in Time, hosted a skeet shoot at the park's newly renovated skeet range, and sponsored a turkey sshoot. Some of the Friends group objectives for 2007 are construction of a kiosk at the entrance to the Hickory Ridge Trail and the construction of a trail linking the campground side of the park to the Wilhoite Mill Trail by going under the bridge so visitors will not have to cross the highway.

Friends of Henry Horton Board Members

Stacey Cothran, President; Teresa Dugger, Secretary; Hope Patterson, Treasurer; Ricky Sweeney, Director at Large.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information contact the park office at 931-364-7724.