Worms and Flowers

Hey, Hey, Henry Horton

Posted in Sightseeing by Lzyjo on June 25, 2009

One of our favorite new places to visit is the Henry Horton State Park, it’s only  a 20 minutes drive, although it is two counties away.

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This resort park, including golf course, cabins, campgrounds, and restaurant was founded on the estate of Henry Horton, the 36th Governor of Tennessee from 1927 to 1933, not to be confused with Tim Horton, Canadian hockey player and founder of the Tim Horton’s coffee and doughnut chains. The family of Horton’s wife operated a dam and water-powered mill along the Duck River for 100 years, which now has its own trail.

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The most impressive thing about the park is its rock features.

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I’m not sure what the geological term is, but there are a lot of these type of crevices in the park. The one above, has very prominent clues that water once carved this space out. There were college students collecting data in one of them.

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The rocks themselves are beautiful, making me wonder how they got to look the way they do, but best of all is the beautiful moss in the moist forest.

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This is where I make my quilts.

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Before the renovation, of course!

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Weirdo alien fungus.

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This pretty flower was along part of the trail. I would be delighted if anyone could tell me what it is.

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This particular trail so goes through one of Tennessee’s unique Cedar Glades. Literature from the state park describes the glades as natural rock gardens. Amazing!

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There is a total paradox to seeing a strong weathered tree seemingly growing out of the rock.

Henry Horton is a nice place to visit and a lot less crowded than parks closer to Nashville The Warner Parks and Radnor Lake.

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  1. Sunita said, on June 25, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    What a cool place! I love all those rock features. And the hollow tree!

    Thanks, it’s really nice and cool in the forest. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Jen said, on June 25, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    We’re thinking about getting into geocaching or letterboxing (large scale treasure hunts.) This looks like a great place to hide something.

    Ou!! Geocaching sounds like fun, I’ve read about it on blogs, way to scared to try it. I guess you can’t get lost with a GPS devices, but it reminds me of orienteering!

  3. Gail said, on June 25, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    Liz, It’s a wonderful park! Thank you for reminding me…maybe Mr will want to take a road trip there soon as the heat abates! I am so excited that you got to visit a cedar glade area…they are so oddly beautiful! The trees that manage to grow there have huge taproots that find cracks in the limestone. Aren’t they wonderful! My neighborhood has very shallow soil over limestone bedrock and many cedar glade plants grow here naturally….that’s how I arrived at my garden plant preferences and name. The flower is a ruellia either R strepens or R carolinensis. Not particularly floriferous but the flowers are sweet and bees do visit them. gail

    Thank you for identifying the flower! The purple is very pretty, even if there aren’t many flowers. We made our first trip there only a few weeks ago, it’s the closest park to us, the Warner Parks are about the same distance, but much more crowded! It’s nice in the early morning before it gets too too too hot. I was really excited to see the glades too after seeing your sidebar photo. Totally amazing! It’s also sad to think how many were destroyed by developments.

  4. Faith said, on June 25, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Beautiful shots. I love that hollow tree.

    I keep hoping that since our ground by the bush cherries is determined to sink away, that it will turn into a fabulous cave system that we can earn a living from. 😉

    TN has so many caves. I can’t remember if I’ve been to this one or not. I’d love to know the name of that flower as well, I have some on the hill.

    ~Faith

    Thank you, Faith. Yeah, there are a lot of cave attractions here I’ve never been to them though. Maybe you’ll get a sink hole in your backyard, then you won’t have to worry about the swimming pool anymore! Gail said the flower is a type of Ruellia.

  5. tina said, on June 25, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    What a lovely park. I bet it was nice and cool with all that moss and great rock formations. Thanks so much for sharing it as I’ve never been to this park, but have heard of it. Even better it is so close to you.

    Yeah, it’s 30 minutes away and a nice drive too. It’s so shady in the forest the flash kept going off. Also don’t need shades! It’s a nice break from the sun and heat! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. mothernaturesgarden said, on June 25, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    It looks cool among the mossy rocks and like a great place to explore.
    Donna

    It’s a great break from the heat and sun. I love the different types of mosses. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. writeandcreate said, on June 26, 2009 at 6:53 AM

    Isn’t it wonderful to have access to a park like that. When I visit the national park, not far from home, I always so alive. There is so much life in all that greenery. Love the photos.
    http://hotmiddlescence.com

    It’s such a nice break from it all, it’s nice to walk through a shady forest instead of sun baked pasture.


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